Book offers a fascinating insight into city’s history

May I turn the tables on your arts editor, Phil Hewitt, who regularly reports on new books by local writers? A Chichester Miscellany, his own latest publication, is a compact and entertaining account of the city and its history.

Even the most knowledgeable Cicestrians may be surprised and amused to read about the disgraceful conduct of the one-time cathedral organist, Thomas Weelkes; or of the malady identified by WH Hudson as ‘the Chichesters’; or of the ghostly goings-on in the Observer office at Unicorn House.

The book is rich in such gems, as well as covering more familiar ground. Beautifully bound, well illustrated and published at the price of a paperback, A Chichester Miscellany will surely cure anyone of the Chichesters.

Peter Lovesey

Grosvenor Road