Newbury 365 launched

A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at least one historical event that took place on each day of the year. The book covers every day events, the English Civil War, murder and much more. For example one story from 5th March 1894 tells of how eight year old Rhoda Sturgess saved the life of her sister whilst earlier in history on 4th January 1726 the River Kennet flooded flowing with such force that the bridge was swept away.

The launch event, which was organised by the Friends of West Berkshire Museum, consisted of a talk and a book signing. A short talk was given by the author who highlighted that this was his fourth book with the other three being “Thatcham: an historic town in a changing world”, “Thatcham then and now” and “Newbury then and now”. Newbury 365 is Nick’s first venture at self-publishing. Nick said “self-publishing has been a challenge, layout, proof-reading and so-on, but is much more rewarding. You are in total control and set your own goals and deadlines.”

Research has used many sources including the NWN, Reading Mercury, old books and document. This involved going through old copies of the papers, both printed and microfiche at various venues, including Newbury Library whom I am sure thought I had become a permanent fixture! In his talk Nick noted some of the pitfalls of research as well as discussing past publications, entries from this book and research for future books two of which were highlighted; Thatcham 365 and A pub history of Thatcham.

Nick presented Mr Ray Hopgood with the first book not only as a thank you for organising the event on behalf of the Friends of West Berkshire Museum but also for all the support he had given Nick in recent years.

The book will be available, I hope, from local bookshops, ISBN 9781326208417, direct from the printers (Lulu) or direct from myself.

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A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at least one historical event that took place on each day of the year. The book covers every day events, the English Civil War, murder and much more. For example one story from 5th March 1894 tells of how eight year old Rhoda Sturgess saved the life of her sister whilst earlier in history on 4th January 1726 the River Kennet flooded flowing with such force that the bridge was swept away.

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