Thanks to the hard work of Catherine Howard-Dobson and Chris Keeble this long-awaited book is now available.
The book is being published through Blurb, the online publishing service, which is essentially an on-demand means of publishing. The retail price is £8.99 plus post and packaging, and you can click on the following link to go straight to the book’s order page. Just confirm the number of copies you want, and then click on the “Add to cart” bar to checkout and provide credit-card or PayPal details to order the book. Blurb will dispatch the book direct to you – they offer two delivery prices, and recent experience suggests that the cheaper version takes only five or six days to reach UK postal addresses.
Writing about the book, Norman Porter says, “For those who were involved with the College and the Society during the period 1975 -2000 this book will make a particularly fascinating read. It is rich in anecdotes, with reminiscences of various OF and College characters, and, as the title suggests, it is an interesting historical record of the relationships between the College and the Society over those years. John, as an OF who was also a fully engaged and highly respected member of staff, is uniquely well qualified and was very well placed to take a balanced and insightful view of those years. The writing style is lively and personal, rather than dry and impersonal, and all the more readable for that. John clearly had a high regard for the late Laurie Rimmer, and the book gives us a personal and timely view of those years. The narrative also covers the headships of James Miller and the early years of Gwen Randall.
The book is an important contribution to the narrative of the history of the College and the Society, adding, as it does, to the work of John Booth and Bob Gillett. It is all the more relevant as we approach the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College. John’s book is an important link in the over-all history of the College and leads us towards the commemorative volume which will celebrate that 150th anniversary.
It is dedicated to John’s wife, Glenys. She was in her own right elected an Hon OF as a tribute to her unstinting support of her husband over his College career, and for her own contributions to the life of the College.”