November 17, 2008 - Brand new Charlie Chaplin book was launched today in London at the St. John's school on Larcom Street, Walworth (a stone throw from East Lane).
Charlie Chaplin's South London, by Alan F. Parkinson, is about Charlie's upbringing and looks at education, religion, work and leisure pursuits during the time of Chaplin's youth. Many schools were involved with the project, with work they produced featured in the book.
As reported by Chaplin fan, Jack McInroy:
"Alan Parkinson is a senior lecturer in history and education at London South Bank University. He specializes in political Irish history and has written books on the troubles in Northern Ireland as well as coordinating the Charlie Chaplin's south London primary school project."
McInroy also shares with us some photos from the event, which included at the event Chaplin's youngest son Christopher Chaplin and Kate Guyonvarch of the Association Chaplin.
Jack also got to play his favorite role today as Charlie Chaplin (top left), as he does often in London, like this performance at the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark (near London Bridge) this summer. We send our special thanks to Jack for sharing this special book launch event with us.
As for where to get this book? The book is not quite available to the public, yet. It is listed with Amazon USA and Amazon UK, but not currently available on those sites. More details as they come. You can contact us for more contact information for the book. Special thanks to Jack for the information on this event.
December 1, 2008 - You can order directly from Dr. Parkinson at Amazon UK. Check the Used book section under AF Parkinson. He does send outside the UK. (Note: USA sellers have this priced at a high cost.)
UPDATE: I don't know when (or if) available at these links but bookmarking them for you:
UPDATE NOVEMBER 18TH!!!
I have received word from author Alan Parkinson about his new book. The book will be available sometime during the week of November 23rd, but he included this information to share with our readers:
'Charlie Chaplin's South London', by Dr Alan F Parkinson [LSBU]
tells the story of south London's most famous citizen's childhood. In doing so it looks at work, leisure, educational and religious aspects of late Victorian life and is a must-read not only for Chaplin fans but also for those interested in the social history of London.
For our UK readers:
The hardback book is priced at £15 [plus £2 postage] and can be obtained from:
Dr. A. Parkinson
London South Bank University
[cheques payable to A. Parkinson]
If you like to contact about purchasing a copy, please contact us through our Edna's sites for contact information.
SPECIAL RELATED FILM: Mr. Parkinson also mentioned a special screening of a related documentary film will be shown in the near future in the UK.