West Sussex Events, by Spencer Thomas
Published by Sutton in 2003, 134 pages. Paperback (N2632)
Brand New Book
West Sussex is essentially rural, punctuated by market towns. More than half of it is ‘protected’ while the coastal ‘conurbation’ and the Gatwick/Crawley axis in the north-east corner are very recent phenomena. It is perhaps surprising to learn to how many famous or infamous characters the county has played host; and it is intriguing to observe how national ‘events’, such as civil unrest, protests, crime, war, disease and religion were played out on the local stage. The response to events, their causes and outcomes provide clues to the sense of the place that is West Sussex and the character of its inhabitants.
This very thoroughly researched new book will both stir memories and associations and stimulate general curiosity to delve further into local happenings. The book is a mixture of the expected and surprising, the traditional and ground-breaking innovation; it involves the reader in the excitement of discovering something new, different, unusual – or even ordinary, seen in a fresh light and in so doing, coming to know and understand West Sussex the better.