AN EX-DEPUTY mayoress of Ealing has had her second book published in less than a year.
Dr Rupa Huq released ‘Making Sense of Suburbia through Popular Culture’ this month, which discusses how suburbs are reflected in TV, films, books and music.
Dr Huq of Derwent Road, Ealing, who has a nine-year-old son, said: “I think that suburbs are a great, ignored feature of our landscape and I thought it was time that the suburban story was told. It has been a very productive year, it’s unusual to have two books out. In a way, they are two sides of the same coin.”
The first publication, launched last February- ‘On the Edge: The Contested Cultures of English Suburbia,’ gave a political treatment of the suburbs whereas the latest looks into the way that suburbia has been a breeding ground for many arts and cultures, how it is represented and how it changes.
Furthermore, the first book solely studied English culture but the new one, published by Bloomsbury, considers American as well.
Dr Huq, who signed the contract for her latest book in 2011, said: “Part of what is so slippery about the suburb is that there is no agreed definition, so one of the things that shapes our impression of it is TV.”
‘Making Sense of Suburbia through Popular Culture’ includes a chapter on the representation of women and another on ethnic suburbia.
The author, who grew up near Hanger Lane and went to Montpelier Primary and Notting Hill Girls School, will be delivering a talk at Ealing library on the borough and its place in Suburban history in January.
Her sister is the former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.