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PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 March 2016

Kate Luard

Kate Luard


Essex Life columnist Jane Lambert shares book reviews and author interviews as she turns the pages of the local literary world

Liam ClarkeLiam Clarke


Hart returns to Saffron Walden

Hart’s Bookshop is set to make a return to Saffron Walden, as Daunt Books, one of the most famous names in bookselling in London, is to open its first branch outside of the capital, under the name Hart’s Books.

With seven stores in London, all run independently, this is the first time Daunt Books has ventured further afield. Now, following the closure of Hart’s Books in 2007, brothers Martin and Andrew Turnbull have allowed the name to be used by the London-based company.

Light in the DarknessLight in the Darkness

‘I am delighted we have been able to help in the re-establishment of an independent bookseller in the heart of Saffron Walden,’ commented Martin. ‘We were very sad at the closure of our bookshop in 2007, so it is very exciting to be able to witness the rebirth of a genuine bookshop.’

Daunt Books is renowned for its commitment to independent bookselling, enjoying a strong reputation for the quality of its booksellers. As well as six branches of Daunt Books, it also owns The Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town.

James Daunt said: ‘We are very grateful to Martin and Andrew Turnbull for introducing us to Saffron Walden. We greatly look forward to welcoming Hart’s Bookshop to our small family of independent bookshops.’

Hart’s Books is expected to open in April, and will be located at 26 King’s Street, next to Hart’s Yard.

Unknown WarriorsUnknown Warriors


Unknown Warriors: The Letters of Kate Luard edited by John and Caroline Stevens

Kate Luard was born in 1872, the daughter of a reverend, and spent her childhood at Aveley Vicarage and Birch Rectory. In her later years she lived in Wickham Bishops, where she is buried.

Unknown Warriors is the perfect title for a book that shines a light on a woman who led an extraordinary life. Already in her forties, and a matron when World War I broke out, Kate Luard joined the Military Nursing Service and was sent to France.

This book, expertly edited, is a collection of her letters home, detailing her day-to-day experiences of life at war. It’s a rare account of a military nurse’s wartime service and while it constantly reminds you of the brutality of war, it’s also an uplifting read that is sure to bring joy.

Publisher: The History Press

Release Date: August 2014

Price: £16.99

ISBN: 9780750959223


Light in the Darkness by Liam Clarke

Dr Liam Clarke is a social policy academic with a great interest in local and family history.

Light in the Darkness is an interesting book about a subject many will know little, if anything, about. Lightships are vessels that act as lighthouses where it is impossible to build the familiar coastal landmarks, and the men who manned them did so at great personal risk, living hazardous and lonely lives.

Lightships could be found all around the country, with Harwich and Tollesbury among local sites for the vessels. Dr Clarke has written an especially well-researched book that anyone curious about nautical or local history will find of particular interest.

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

Release Date: February 2016

Price: £15.99

ISBN: 9781445646589

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