Making another of her regular appearances in this column, Dee Gordon (Southend, Essex, UK) has not one but TWO new books out!
Infamous Essex Women was published in January by History Press, and features the stories of over thirty women who have achieved infamy in different ways – from Alice Perrers, the Upminster mistress of Edward III, to Edith Thompson, the husband-killer who was hanged in the 1920s.
Essex’s Own was published in February, also by History Press, and features over sixty potted biographies of people brought up in Essex, past and present, who have achieved a different kind of fame – from Ian Holm to Jack Straw, Jamie Oliver to Andrew Motion. A wealth of names you will know, and some that may surprise you.
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Dave Haslett, ideas4writers, www.ideas4writers.co.uk