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The Book of Brighton, or, Brighton As It Was & As It Is (1881)

The Book of Brighton, or, Brighton As It Was & As It Is is a witty 1881 guide to Brighton, as seen though Victorian eyes. We are re-publishing this delightful book which offers an insight into Brighton & Hove's many characters, its places of interest, and even postal collection times. Illustrated throughout with engravings, this publication [...]

May 28th, 2018|
  • Backyard/ Back Street Brighton together in one volume

By popular demand – Backyard Brighton and Back Street Brighton re-published in one edition

Backyard/ Back Street Brighton Two of our most popular titles, Backyard Brighton and Backstreet Brighton, are now available for the first time in a single volume. This new edition combines two books which gather together photographs and reminiscences based on material gathered by Brighton Borough Council with the intention of creating a record of [...]

April 28th, 2018|
  • QueenSpark Books

Archives Alive – and two new books!

We're delighted to announce the launch of two new books, and a brand new project - this Saturday! First published in 1881, original author Chas H Ross described his book, Brighton As it Was & As it Is as 'not quite a guide or a history but a bit of both'. Concern about ‘royalty abandoning [...]

March 30th, 2018|

Get involved in QueenSpark Books in 2018!

It's been an exciting year in 2017, marking 45 years of gathering and publishing untold stories of life in Brighton and Hove. This year we published Brighton's Seaside Stories and we've been making available our out-of-print back catalogue as pay-what-you-like downloads from our website. In 2018 we plan to continue to digitise our rich archive [...]

August 21st, 2017|

Out Now: A People’s History of Brighton & Hove’s Seaside

In the past 45 years we've produced more than a hundred local history books, many of which have now been out of print for decades. So to celebrate our anniversary, we're making those books available as PDF downloads on a pay-what-you-like basis, and using some of those texts to create fresh anthologies. Our latest publication is [...]

April 16th, 2017|

Explore Brighton childhood in past times with our PDF book downloads

As part of our 45th anniversary celebrations, we're making the texts of our out-of-print history books available as PDF downloads on a pay-what-you-like basis. Most of these books have been unavailable for many years, so the downloads offer a valuable chance to learn more about Brighton and Hove in byegone times. Many of the books [...]

February 20th, 2017|
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