Saturday, December 26, 2020


Many thanks to all my friends, colleagues and expat aficionados who kept up to date with Brentwood history via my new (twelfth book) celebrating the history of fifty of the Borough's buildings. Of course, there were far more structures (a couple of hundred more listed buildings) that could have been chosen, but publishers have their rules when it comes to pagination. 

It was lovely to present a signed copy of my latest book to HRH the Duke of Kent in February 2020 when he opened the newly remodelled Brentwood Town Hall 

During this unfortunate covid year, most of the official book-signing events had to be curtailed and even cancelled, but during early spring, we did manage to visit some of the buildings to present copies to those who kindly allowed me access to roam around their homes, offices and church interiors and I have since made some new friends and history-lovers worldwide, particularly in America where there are at least seventeen 'Brentwoods!'

I am especially grateful to Brentwood Borough Council's team, their mayor, CEO and staff for the tremendous help given, and inclusion in their re-opening day with HRH the Duke of Kent, just after their completion of the rebuilding of their Town Hall, also to Father Martin Boland at Brentwood Cathedral and Lord Petre of Ingatestone Hall, all buildings with which I've have enjoyed a long and interesting association. 

When restrictions lifted over the last year, I was able to sign (and gold-seal) my new book at Waterstones and WH Smith around Essex, and again, it was enjoyable to meet readers and history enthusiasts.

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