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Book celebrates city’s modern history

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2016

A NEW book that charts Leicester’s journey from the 19th century to the present day will be launched at the city’s New Walk Museum & Art Gallery today (Thursday 8th).

‘Leicester: A Modern History’ explores the social, economic and cultural forces that have helped shape the modern city, using contributions from a number of authors.

Edited by Richard Rodger and Rebecca Madgin, the 400-page book contains over 150 illustrations – including a number of photographs that have never been published before.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby – who wrote the foreword to the book – said: “This excellent new book will appeal to students, academics and anyone with an interest in the history of Leicester. 

“It covers a period of great change in the city – from the early1800s to the 21st century – and furthers our understanding of the developments that helped shape the modern city we know today.

“The city council is delighted to support the publication of this book, which is set to become the authoritative guide to the last 200 years of Leicester’s history.”

Published by Carnegie Publishing Ltd, the new book will be available in book stores from tomorrow (Friday) and from city council outlets – including Visit Leicester, New Walk Museum and Newarke Houses Museum – from Monday (12 September). The paperback is priced at £20, while the hardback version is available for £35.

It will also be available to borrow from city libraries from October.

Co-editor Richard Rodger said: “Leicester: A Modern History’ is an affordable, richly-illustrated book based on exciting new research on the city.

“To understand how contemporary Leicester has evolved, you have to read this book.”