Essex Life Book Club

PUBLISHED: 10:50 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:50 13 July 2015

Laurie Ellingham

Laurie Ellingham


Jane Lambert turns the pages of the literary world in Essex with a look at some of the recent book releases with a connection to the county


The Reluctant Celebrity by Laurie Ellingham

Laurie Ellingham lives in the Dedham Vale. The Reluctant Celebrity is her debut novel.

Jules Stewart assumed that her ex-boyfriend was out of her life, until one day she opens the paper and his face, and hers, are staring back at her. His career as a singer is taking off, but Jules doesn’t want the fame that comes from being a part of his former life.

The Reluctant Celebrity takes the traditional boy meets girl story, and while it doesn’t necessarily offer an entirely fresh spin on it, Ellingham introduces us to characters who feel very real. It’s an easy read that will help to pass a couple of hours on a lazy beach holiday!

Publisher: Macaulay Publishers

Release Date: May 2015

Price: £6.99

ISBN: 9781784554491


Face the Dark Sidewalk by Terence Daw

Terence Daw is an author from Chelmsford and Face the Dark Sidewalk is his debut novel.

The brutal murder of a young woman is the start of a thrilling story that takes the reader on a gripping journey. When Danni Neville is killed, her twin sister Jay is called upon to pose as her identical sister in a television reconstruction. The story is a true family affair, with Jay’s husband Mike involved as a police officer in the case.

The best thrillers are those that you can’t put down; the ones that have you staying up until the small hours in the hope that you can finish them and finally find out who the killer is, and why. Face the Dark Sidewalk definitely falls into this category!

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing

Release Date: February 2015

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781505650815


On June 13, Theo Gayer-Anderson and Louise Foxcroft gave a talk on the life of R G ‘Pum’ Gayer-Anderson at the Guildhall in Lavenham. Gayer-Anderson, known affectionately as Pum, was an Egyptologist, poet, soldier, surgeon, collector, and tomb-robber. His life has fascinated author and historian Louise Foxcroft so much that she has undertaken his biography, The Irish Pasha – R G ‘Pum’ Gayer-Anderson, and is now working with the management committee of Little Hall Museum in Lavenham to try and get it published. Using information gleaned from his frank and honest journals, Foxcroft is trying to bring this extraordinary story to people using a crowd-funding website especially designed for authors who are trying to get their work published.

In his guise as a collector, Gayer-Anderson filled Little Hall with an eclectic mix of Egyptian artefacts including antiques, pictures, books, china and art. Jean Beard, a member of the management committee of the museum, told me that his family were responsible for converting the six tenements back into an Elizabethan house when they bought the property. On the subject of the book, Jean explains: ‘We would love to see it published, so we are doing what we can to help Louise, who has written the book with the full co-operation of the Major’s grandchildren. The talk, by Louise and Theo Gayer-Anderson, the Major’s grandson, was fully attended by more than 50 people, and enjoyed by all.’

You can support the campaign to get this fascinating book published by visiting

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