Reviews

"It’s a pleasure to see this fine account of Nottingham’s council housing history. It’s a story well worth telling and one – in Nottingham and elsewhere – that this blog has sought to share. Above all, it is a people’s history, a history of homes and communities but it encompasses high (and low) politics too, architecture and planning and much, much else: a history of concern to anyone interested in the fabric – in the broadest sense – of our society."
Municipal Dreams, blogger

"It tells a compelling story of mistakes and triumphs, missed opportunities and pioneering policies."
Nottingham Post, 30/12/15, Online & Print

"Chris Matthews' concise and accessible history of Nottingham’s council houses is a timely reminder of the importance of social housing on a personal, social and political level. Whilst his book will be of particular interest to readers with a connection to Nottingham, it will hold a broader appeal for anyone with an interest in the politics of housing, social mobility and urban planning ... It would make a useful addition to reading lists for undergraduate housing-related and social policy courses and benefit readers who are seeking a general introduction to the history and role of social housing in the UK."
Richard Machin, Staffordshire University, 'Book Review', in Housing Studies, May 2016

"Our current bestseller!"
Five Leaves Bookshop, 10/12/15, Newsletter

"I heartily recommend this attractive, well researched book"
Ken Brand, Nottingham Civic Society, Newsletter No. 159, January 2016

Double page feature
Left Lion, Issue 75, February 2016, print


Notts TV Coverage, 16th December 2015

"A book celebrating a city's social housing was a surprise Christmas hit."
BBC Nottingham, 27/12/1, Online

"wonderfully put together"
The Nottinghamshire Historian, print, Spring/Summer, 2016

"Charting the successes of Nottingham’s social housing programme through the buildings and the residents, the book has generated some great publicity and has been a local history bestseller at The Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham"
Susannah Straughan, The Twentieth Century Society, Spring 2016

"I know a good local history when I read one and, I promise you, this is good... Truly wonderful stuff which swells the heart and puffs out the chest"
Robert Howardformer reviews editor for Local History Magazine

"This is such an imaginative endeavour – we probably all think we know about Council housing but I don't suppose the knowledge on this subject has been drawn together before in this way. It's an important social document and is engaging and entertaining as well."
Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East

"I got it for Christmas and just finished it. Really fascinating and a pretty honest account I thought."
Tom CopleyLondon Assembly Member & Chair of the Housing Committee

"Congratulations, it's a lovely book and a great story."
Dr Ian Waites, Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design,
 University of Lincoln

"Thank you so much for the Homes and Places book – it’s really handsome and I’m so grateful"
Elain Harwood, Historian with Historic England

"A copy of your Homes and Places book has just arrived, and it looks wonderful. So beautifully designed and printed with such great visual material (the cover painting is amazing!)."
John Grindrod, Author of Concretopia

"Very fine, very informative and very helpful."
Ian Wells, Nottingham Civic Society

"And very good it is. I already have my copy."
Tom Murtha, Founder member of SHOUT, the campaign for social housing.

"This is a really splendid volume that I am sure will establish itself as an important historical record for the future.  And it is very well designed and presented, making for an attractive looking publication!"
Mark Higgerson, Picture the Past



Cover art rework of image from the book
Left Lion, Issue 90, June 2018, print

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