Historian releases Tressell book to mark author’s death

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AN historian has released a book about the life of Robert Tressell to mark the the 100th anniversary of his death.

Steve Peak, who is based in the Old Town and has written a collection of books on Hastings, was so won over by Tressell’s book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists that he began researching the author’s life.

And, after re-tracing Tressell’s steps here in Hastings, the writer put together his latest tome, Mugsborough Revisited. In the biography, Steve chronicles in detail the life of Tressell, and explains how The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was in many ways a factual record of real places, people and events in the deprived and badly-run town of Hastings and St Leonards in the opening years of the 20th Century.

The book is available for £7.50 from Hastings Information Centre in Priory Meadow, Waterstone’s, The Hastings Museum and the Fishermen’s Museum, or by post for £8.50 from Steve Peak, 36 Collier Road, Hastings, TN34 3JR.

Last week the Observer celebrated Tressell’s life with a two-page feature and a picture of the author on the front page.