The Other Side of Notting Hill
I’m mentioning this soon to be released book because Roger Rogowski, the author, is a regular Symi visitor. He’s here right now, and we’re often chatting at the bar, and calling in for dinner. I’ve been following the story of his book for a year or so now and here it is, ready for publication (November) and with a special offer.
You can pre-order the book at a pre-publication discount of 20% (plus free P&P), and to do this, you can phone Macmillan Distribution (UK: 01256 302699) or email them at MacmillanDirect@macmillan.co.uk – the offer ends at the end of September. If you would like to have your name listed in the book as one of the subscribers (to this offer) you can contact Roger direct through his Facebook page: The Other Side of Notting Hill.
The book records the memories of people who lived in working-class Notting Hill before huge changes took place in the area in the 1960s. It takes us from Wartime to the Westway – from the 1940s/50s to the swinging 60s, and looks set to become a vital record in the living history project of the area. I shall be ordering my copy today.
And as for me… I took a walk on Monday, up to the main road by Agios Rafael, the small chapel behind Yialos. This is the route from the village donkey path to Agia Paraskevi and then, just beyond the newly built steps to the house up there, the right turn to the place marked on maps as ‘the Wall.’ It’s an ancient area with trees and old paths, very old terracing and some new, and gives you a gentle but rocky climb up to the main road from where you can see across Roukouniotis towards the west and the coast of Turkey. Here are a few pics, more soon.