For a more in-depth look at the fascinating and often comic story of how the humble beach hut evolved from a mobile changing cubicle into a highly desirable piece of seaside property, check out Kathryn’s second book Sheds on the seashore: a tour through beach hut history. Taking the beach hut as a starting point to explore the broader history of the seaside, this book also includes an account of Kathryn’s two-month trip around the English coast and the stories of the people she met along the way. A must-have for anyone who loves beach huts!
Praise for Sheds on the Seashore
A fascination for beach huts has taken Kathryn Ferry on an odyssey around the British coast... recording the huts she finds and the people she meets. The result is part historical account, part travelogue, consistently entertaining and peppered with anecdotes. An excellent account of these most idiosyncratic of British buildings.
What a great release from thinking about The Real World! I have always loved beach huts. When we were little we went to Cornwall with another family. There were lots and lots of them and there was a beach hut. Us children weren't allowed in it - it was used for doling out sandwiches. (Banana and jam sandwiches, which was rather odd, but we got to like them.) But I love the idea of a haven away from the cold, where you can boil a kettle and change out of your wet bathing suit (knitted, of course.)
Katie FForde, novelist
As a beach hut owner myself - I have one on the Norfolk coast - I quickly found myself identifying with many of the characters that Kathryn met on her travels and I really enjoyed her good delve into the quirky "Englishness" that makes our love affair with these humble "sheds" so strong.
Kathryn, I love your books - especially "Sheds on the Seashore". It’s so well researched, informative, entertaining - and readily accessible. Congratulations!
British Seaside Holidays
And if you’re a fan of old-fashioned bucket and spade holidays you’ll enjoy Kathryn’s book on British seaside holidays. Full of evocative pictures and packed with information this book documents the heyday of seaside holidays from the 1870s to the 1970s.