Top positive review
Well reaserched piece of social history.
on 1 February 2014
I bought this book because I am interested in the social history of my time. I was not disappointed. ‘River Gardens’ spans almost forty years of social change in Sudbury-on-Thames. Although I was not born in the South of England, or in a newly constructed purpose built housing complex where this journey begins, however the social importance of this book was immediate as the author commences her journey with well documented evidence.
It begins when the social needs of the country were being considered; in this case in and around London. Architects were being asked to consider the daily needs of families who would live in this particular housing complex. This approach is innovative in itself. The scene is set for this factual journey.
Lynda Kiss reveals, in her well presented and widely researched account, how lives were changed and communities developed. Her personal experiences of education, friendships and the transition into working life mirror my own experiences and I realised that a small mining village in the north of England was not so different after all. Many of the events and episodes she described about her family in River Gardens echoes the conversations I heard from my own parents and grandparents. Such an interesting and informative read; it is a revealing book in more ways than one.