Books and reading

Both Deptford and Lewisham provided a range of public libraries. Deptford Central Library was situated in Lewisham Way, between Goldsmith's College and the South-East London Technical College. There were also New Cross Library in New Cross Road, and Old Town Library in Clyde Street. The Borough Librarian was Mr H.J. Rengert, F.L.A.

Lewisham had 7 public libraries - the Central Library in Lewisham High Street, plus Forest Hill, Manor House, Sydenham, Brockley, Hither Green and Downham branch libraries. A special feature of the library service was the provision of free lectures, illustrated by lantern slides, and film displays hed during the winter months. The Lewisham Borough Librarian was Mr B.H. Whitelocke.

Top authors of the days with books published in 1948 were

Alan Paton - Cry, the beloved country
Albert Camus - The plague
H.E. Bates - The jacaranda tree
Nigel Balchin - The Borgia testament
Monica Dickens - Joy and Josephine
C.S Forester - The two bouquets
Rumer Godden - A candle for St Jude
Elizabeth Goudge - The herb of Grace
Marcia Davenport - East side west side
Willard Motley - Knock on any door
Angela Thirkell - Lova among the ruins


The Book Society's recommendations for June-July 1948 were
Mark Aldanov - Before the deluge. On sale for 12s 6d (62p in today's money)
and Robert Lidell - The last enchantments. On sale for 8s 6d (42p in today's money)

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