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The Rosebud
by Michael Sagar-Fenton

ISBN: 978 185022 183 8
235x175mm - 96 pages

The Rosebud and the Newlyn Clearances tells the story of the voyage in October 1937 of a Newlyn fishing boat up the Thames to moor outside the Houses of Parliament. The purpose of the voyage was to present a petition to 10 Downing Street protesting against the wanton destruction of the picturesque houses in the fishing village of Newlyn in Cornwall.

The book is many things: an insight into a traditional fishing village, its ancient rivalry with its neighbour Penzance, political infighting, public outcry, the involvement of some of the nationally know Newlyn artists, the battle for the old village's survival - all culminating in the brilliant and photogenic voyage to the Houses of Parliament and what happened thereafter - it is both serious and comic, but always a solid piece of research.

The book has twenty-nine black and white illustrations, taken from local archives showing the people, events and buildings involved.
Michael Sagar-Fenton writes with fluency and humanity, showing a real understanding of the issues involved. He is the author of a number of books about the local area including: Penlee - the loss of a lifeboat, About St Michael's Mount and About Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole.
29 black & white illustrations.