Award-winning historian’s new book launched

L-R Deputy Mayor Judy Rogers, Mayor Bruce Dowling, Victoria Seymour and Keith Ridley, editor Hastings Observer series. SUS-141020-072905001
L-R Deputy Mayor Judy Rogers, Mayor Bruce Dowling, Victoria Seymour and Keith Ridley, editor Hastings Observer series. SUS-141020-072905001

Award-winning historian Victoria Seymour has launched her 10th modern social history book.

Looking Back on Hastings was launched during the recent Hastings Week celebrations at the Hastings History House in the Old Town.

The 79-year-old recently won the Resident of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Observer’s 1066 Community Awards 2014. The book uses features from the Observer’s popular Looking Back series.

Victoria said: “It is a compilation of a selection of the regular, local history features that I write for the Observer. The idea was suggested to me by an Observer reader, many others have come forward with their offers of stories, which I have included in the book.

“The book’s cover image is designed to acknowledge that Hastings incorporates St Leonards.

“Like many of my generation I did not go to university and set aside my own aspirations to look after my family and home.

“My first book, entitled, Letters from Lavender Cottage, was not published until 2002, when I was 68 and each book takes about a year to complete. My message to my peers is that it is never too late to make a dream reality.”

Keith Ridley, editor-in-chief, who was the guest of honour at the book launch, said: “Victoria is an extremely talented writer and a popular contributor. Her warmth shines through as she brings to life our town of yesteryear.”

The book is priced £9.99 is available from Waterstones and the History House or signed copies directly from Victoria by calling 424981. For more information visit www.victoriaseymour.com.