Monday, September 04, 2023

Beach Hut People

Another one for the shedworker's bookshelf, the newly published Beach Hut People by writer and researcher Nancy Stevenson (published by Publishing Household and available from The Nose). Although it concentrates on owners and their huts around the Frinton and Walton areas of the Essex coastline, it will appeal to anybody who enjoys microarchitecture. Here's what the publishers say:

Nancy Stevenson captures a unique slice of seaside culture by taking us on a journey in which we discover more about the people who inhabit these ‘sheds by the sea’. Beach Hut People takes us beyond the hut exteriors and uncovers the way of the beach hut community. Exploring traditions, changes, challenges and personal expression and style, Nancy shares her reflections on beach hut culture in this thoughtful and eloquent book. Based on conversations with 60 people who own or regularly visit beach huts, it is a collection of shared stories: experiences, routines, of things that people collect and display in their huts, and the way they choose to style them.

And here's what the excellent writer Travis Elborough makes of it:

A charming snapshot of a slice of the British seaside, the humble beach hut, their occupants, and a tiny corner of Essex serving here as a brilliant microcosm for a larger story about our island nation's idiosyncrasies.


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