From Victorian manufacturing town, famous for the `three Bs' - beer, bulbs and biscuits - to its current status as a major centre for service industries and cutting-edge technology, Reading has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the town.
Reading in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures.
From the medieval Abbey Gateway to the modern Oracle shopping centre, this unique study celebrates the city's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way.
Well-known local author Stuart Hylton guides the reader on a tour of the city's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels.