Wednesday, 10 March 2010

FoDL: Vauxhall: A Little History - Monday 15th March 6.45 for 7.15pm

Durning Library
Monday 15th March
167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF
6.45 for 7.15pm
Vauxhall: A Little History
Kennington included! Ross Davies introduces his unique new (illustrated) book, covering the whole ‘Vauxhall’ constituency, from Waterloo and Kennington to Brixton, Clapham and Battersea in the south. For the Durning audience, he will discuss a special Durning Library mystery! Oh, and cats…
Ross says: ‘Most of us who live, work or play in Vauxhall don’t know all that much about the place. I’d long wanted a breezy book about its history for myself, for the children, or as a present-cum-souvenir for friends, family, visitors ­- but one never appeared. So I wrote it myself.’
The book has been welcomed by locals such as Joanna Lumley (‘This book wears it learning lightly and charmingly; it’s must for anyone interested in the history of south London’); Will Self adds (‘This is local history written with a light touch, but backed by heavyweight learning – it’s a must read for anyone who wishes to scratch away the present and discover the deep past of this, one of the most fascinating inner London districts’; Michael Leapman (‘Although I’ve lived in Vauxhall for 42 years, this lively and enthralling panorama told me much I did not know about our neighbourhood.’)
It has a foreword by Kate Hoey MP (‘Vauxhall’s past is colourful, sometimes tragic, and not as well-known as it deserves to be. Dr Davies tells the Vauxhall story with a light touch, and his book has you constantly saying, “Well, I never knew that!” ’.
Copies on sale (£8.99, The Nine Elms Press). 

Everyone welcome.  Light refreshments.
No admission charge, but a £2 donation is invited.
Organised by the Friends of the Durning Library.

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