The book about North Laine is to be published by Brighton Town Press in the spring of 2012
THE BOOK ABOUT NORTH LAINE IS BASED ON EXCERPTS FROM THE NORTH LAINE RUNNER (the bi-monthly newsletter of the North Laine Community Association).
When I read the memories of people who lived, worked, shopped, went to school, church or chapel in North Laine, published in the North Laine Runner I wondered whether it would be a good idea to collect some of the most interesting accounts together in a book.
I suggested a joint effort between North Laine Community Association, the North Laine Runner and Brighton Town Press.
I envisaged a book the size of our recent publication The Story of Queen’s Park Brighton in order to try to keep the price down to £9.99. This would mean mostly b & w photos and a coloured cover, using John Coleman’s print of St Peter’s church and the North Laine area. It was reproduced in the Landscape Book of Brighton prints (published by Brighton Books Publishing), and the North Laine walk leaflet.
The North Laine book will be well illustrated with old photographs, maps, prints, old advertisements and diagrams. The James Gray Collection of photographs will be essential.
The manuscript (submitted by a group of members of the North Laine Community Association) includes the following chapters, but some will have to be combined and maybe some dropped as this is too many for a comparitively small book.
- Home Life
- Public Houses and Inns
- The Military
- Trade and Industry
All participants understand that the final text and structure will be edited by the BTP editor. Some people in other groups we have worked with are offended by the idea, but even the best and most famous writers usually value the support of a good editor.
Our editor is reading the text now, but cannot start the editing process, which entails 2 months of uninterupted work until October. December is not a good month for uninterupted work, so January and February will be devoted to putting the book together, the printer will take a month – March, so we cannot expect to publish until April 2012.
We have been counting the number of words in the manuscript and there are three times as many as we can fit into the book, so there will have to be some serious cutting.