Extending for some 90 miles from the Kent boundary near Camber Sands with its sand dunes to Thorney Island within the sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour, the Sussex coast presents a rich variety of features, from bustling resorts to oases of calm and isolation. Its physical aspects have, of course, been presented in a number of other publications, some containing stunning photographs, but this is the first volume to depict this extraordinary coastline from a social history perspective.
Readers will search in vain for views of, say, Beachy Head and the Cuckmere Valley cottages, so frequently depicted elsewhere.
Instead, the rare early images and their modern counterparts, described with meticulous attention to historical accuracy, have for the most part never been published in any book. They record, among many other sights, vanished landscapes and buildings (including 1930s swimming pools, holiday camps and elegant hotels), climatic catastrophes, lost transport systems and even a murder site.
The aim of this compilation has been to inform and entertain the reader using unusual and often strikingly contrasting pictures of this unique county. In nearly all cases the views, largely Edwardian and occasionally Victorian, are of locations on the shoreline or never more than a few hundred yards from it. This is a remarkable visual treat for anyone – general readers, walkers, social history devotees and others – wishing to know more about the multifaceted coastline of Sussex in all its spectacular variety.
Published April 2012 priced £14.99.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Douglas d’Enno was brought up in Harrow, his family having moved to England from Italy when he was four. When he was 12 he moved to Saltdean, near Brighton. His full-length history of the locality was published in 1985. He developed an interest and ability in languages at secondary school and graduated in French and Italian at University College, London, in 1966. From that year until 1995 he worked mainly in translation, in some posts combined with writing.
Several posts were in private industry but for the most part he was a Civil Service translator, retiring in 1995 from the Ministry of Agriculture after two decades as Chief Translator. Since 2004 he has written one local parish history and two books on true crime in Brighton. He also completed a major naval history of World War 1, published in two volumes in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He is married, with two children and four grandchildren. He still translates in a freelance capacity and has done so since 1995.
Also published by Amberley: Hastings and St Leonards through time.
Published 21st May 2012
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