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First Book

The success of the campaign and popularity of the 'QueenSpark' newspaper inspired others to continue writing about life in Brighton and QueenSpark Books was born. The first book to be published in 1974 was an autobiography. Written by Albert Paul and entitled Poverty - Hardship but Happiness, it details the poverty and difficulties Albert personally [...]

February 10th, 2016|
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Personal Stories

Many of the early books written in the mid to late seventies were based on individual people’s memoirs of life in Brighton. A typical autobiography is A Town Beehive written in 1975 by Daisy Noakes, shown here in "her first hat that fitted". The hat (and coat) cost £1. Daisy started a family trend - she [...]

February 5th, 2016|
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Political Themes

Published in 1983, Brighton on the Rocks was a more overtly political book than QueenSpark Books' previous publications. Intended as a critique of monetarist policies and the Thatcher government, it was written as a collaborative venture echoing themes in earlier books such as Les Moss's Live and Learn (1979, out of print) that, although largely [...]

February 5th, 2016|
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Group Authorship

The publication of several anthologies during the late eighties and early nineties continued QueenSpark's Books' tradition of collaboration and group authorship. A typical example is Paper on the Wind published in 1984. This had a strong feminist influence and contained both poetry and prose emanating from a women’s writing group (above) run by QueenSpark Books. [...]

February 4th, 2016|

Urban Records

In 1988 QueenSpark published Backyard Brighton in association with the Lewis Cohen Urban Studies Centre. It included photographs, like this one of Richmond Hill, and reminiscences gathered by Brighton Borough Council with the intention of creating a record of houses that were scheduled for demolition during the 1930s. Backyard Brighton was a seminal book leading [...]

February 3rd, 2016|
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Market Books

In 1991 a new generation of books known as Market Books were introduced to the QueenSpark Books collection. Market books were intended to be produced cheaply and sold on market stalls by volunteers. Printed A5 size in monochrome, they differed from the more expensive and glossier publications in the main collection. Some market books were [...]

February 2nd, 2016|
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