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The Phoenix Suburb


Price: £14.95


By Alan R. Warwick

A South London Social History.

This book is now very much a collectors item and is cherished by owners - so be careful not lend it as you may not get it back !

When Alan Warwick, a local historian who lived in Norwood all his life, wrote the book there were plenty of Londoners who could not quickly locate this area on a map and today the name Crystal Palace still means no more to some than the name of a bus terminus. The author, however, understood the art of looking at history through the eyes of the people who once lived here and he thus injected flesh and blood into his story.

In the 1970’s the book was a familiar sight in the houses of older residents and newcomers alike. It appealed to their imagination, it helped them to make sense of the present and they looked at many a familiar location with fresh eyes. There is every reason to believe that a new generation will embrace the book with the same enthusiasm.

The Phoenix Suburb gives us a unique taste of the time, it is excellently researched and contains many photographs. For anybody interested in local history it is a fascinating tale of rise and fall, and possibly resurgence, of a London suburb.

PLEASE NOTE: All the copies have been purchased from high-class antique book dealers and are therefore of good quality. Second hand books are however subject to the usual problems - light foxing and / or lightly stained pages, loose or missing spines and the page edges, etc may not be perfect. Where available the jackets may not be perfect (and we may not have any in stock with a jacket). The pages are always fully secure. The best available copy of the book will always be sent.

271 pages 55 illustrations