Books for Christmas

Marcus Taylor’s suggestions for gifts this Christmas:

This Christmas will be different from usual for most of us. Fewer meet-ups mean more presents needing to be sent. Have you thought of the books published by Friends of Lewes about this remarkable town?

These six would be ideal for a friend who grew up here but who has moved away, or for a newcomer, who has yet to learn what a truly special place it is.

Friends of Lewes books are available from Jane Slater via the Secretary (with postage and packing added to prices shown), and from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre. Friends of Lewes members can obtain books at reduced prices via the Secretary. P&P charges will be waived for members’ orders received during December each year.

Lewes in Detail book cover LEWES IN DETAIL – an artist’s view: 

38 of Marietta Van Dyck’s popular and distinctive illustrations of Lewes architectural details, as seen in Lewes News. Here with contextual comments: a real treat!  £5.00

Clark Twittens book cover THE TWITTENS – The Saxon and Norman Lanes of Lewes:  

Kim Clark’s well-researched look at some of the town’s most-loved features and their history. Illustrations by Peter Messer and Marietta Van Dyck. Updated with colour illustrations in 2019.  £7.99

Davey_street_names_book THE STREET NAMES OF LEWES:  

A revised edition of Leslie Davey’s 1961 work, updated and extended by Kim Clark.  £5.50

Davey_Inns_Book_revised THE INNS OF LEWES, PAST & PRESENT:  

First written by Leslie Davey over 40 years ago, it has been revised several times, most recently in 2019 and is the “go-to” reference book on the 120 public houses that have flourished in Lewes at various times. £5.99

Wells_skies book WHEN SKIES WERE ALWAYS BLUE – memories of a Lewes boyhood  by WF (Bill) Wells – 1909-1983. 

Rich recollections of the Sussex county town, edited by Joy Preston. Illustrated by the author’s own drawings. £6.99

Houghton_Look_at_Lewes book A LOOK AT LEWES:  

Drawings and fascinating historical details of the whole High Street, from St. Anne’s Church to Cliffe Bridge. By John Houghton.  A4 format. £1.50