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Chris West Talks About and Signs his New Book, First Class - A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps

Wednesday 20 June 2012

From 1840 to the present day, Britain’s postage stamps have been a way the country has looked at itself, reflecting its values and its dreams – and sometimes its misguidedness.

Stamps tell stories. First Class is a history of Britain with a difference – it uses postage stamps as the ‘hooks’ on which to hang the story of the country since 1840.  The Penny Black, of course, a concept that revolutionized the way the Victorians communicated with each other – and with the world.  Queen Victoria’s Jubilee issue.  The stamp that bore bad news from the trenches.  The roaring lion of 1924’s British Empire Exhibition: the world’s biggest empire, apparently in its prime but behind the pomp beginning to crumble.  The modernism of Edward VIII’s stamps.  Victory, the 1948 Austerity Olympics (budget, £750,000), a stamp that tells the story of Suez. Winning the World Cup in 1966, the troubles of Northern Ireland, the IT revolution, the first non-white Briton to feature on a stamp, the millennium, the 2011 Royal Wedding… And end up with a simple question: can Britain still call itself a ‘First Class’ nation?

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Local author Chris West has had a long career as a published author of fiction and non-fiction. He has written four crime novels set in contemporary China, where he had travelled as a student.  The first of these, Death of a Blue Lantern, was nominated for Best First Novel at the World Mystery Convention.  In 2001 he collaborated with Mike Southon on The Beermat Entrepreneur which has now established itself as a classic text on entrepreneurship. He’s also co-author of Myths about Doing Business with China, with Harold Chee, and sole author of Perfect Written English.  His most recent book is Think Like an Entrepreneur, co-authored with entrepreneur and NLP trainer Robbie Steinhouse..

David’s Bookshop is located on Eastcheap in Letchworth (SG6 3DE) . Tickets are £3 but are redeemable against the price of the book.  Please call the bookshop on 01462 684631 to reserve a space. 

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David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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01462 475900

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