Just published: “The Red One”…..a book about Reading

red-one-finalA truly pocket-sized history of Reading: 145 million years in 75 pages!

…how a landscape’s deep structures bear shapingly upon its surface textures – and how vital a sense of place is to our dreams, our visions, and the quiet practices of everyday life.

From the foreword by Robert Macfarlane  (author of The Old Ways, Landmarks, Mountains of the Mind  and The Wild Places)

 Starting 145 million years ago, the geology of the natural landscape provides the context for Reading’s historical development.  This book tells the town’s story in terms of its location at the junction of the rivers Thames and Kennet, its landform and the living requirements of its prehistoric inhabitants, medieval communities and industrial forebears. Did you know that Reading’s name is probably derived from ‘the place of the people of the red one’, an Anglo-Saxon settlement for which no physical trace remains?

Reading is a special place where multiple migrations, invasions, battles, plagues, wars, tragedies, songs, writings, artistic works, dogmas, festivities, industries, technologies and ideas have shaped both its people and the fabric of the town.  Be a part of writing its next chapter by understanding its past.

Order your copy of Reading: The Place of the People of the Red One.

Consider also,  Bizarre Berkshire: An A-Z GUIDE to weird things in Berkshire, also by Duncan Mackay.

Duncan Mackay is a former winner of the Henry Ford European Conservation Award for Heritage and former editor of the Twyford and Ruscombe Local History Society magazine. He has worked as Director of the South East region of the Countryside Agency; Environmental Manager for Berkshire County Council; and Deputy Secretary of the Commons, Open Spaces and Footpaths Preservation Society.

He has written 5 books and contributed to others including England in Particular and Bastions of Berkshire.