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The World in a London Square: A Portrait of Goodenough College is a highly illustrated and beautifully produced evocation of life and times in Mecklenburgh Square over eight decades, marking the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Goodenough College in 2011. Vivid reminiscences from every generation of residents are woven through a sparklingly entertaining narrative.
It includes excerpts from a history prepared by the College's late and much-loved Librarian, Val Martin, and contributions from the remarkable and long-lived Canadian Walter Bilborough, one of the first residents of London House in 1931 and equally able to report on progress in 1997. With over 200 illustrations in colour and black and white, this is a volume to treasure.
Themes and topics include:
A visual tour of the College estate - The College today - The Burn - Foundation and early years - The Goodenough vision - Key people and personalities in the early years - College life before the war - The Square at War 1939-45 - Post-war revival - Key people and personalities of the post-war era - Worldwide connections - The Goodenough family - College societies and activities then and now - International Alumni Associations - The London Goodenough Association of Canada at sixty - Goodenough College in the community - Music and the arts - A year in the life of the College - The way ahead - A list of subscribers