Suffolk books: Group's Guiding light
PUBLISHED: 12:01 31 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:35 20 February 2013
Tomes to curl up with this month
Groups Guiding light
The First Girl Guide (The Story of Agnes Baden-Powell) by Helen Gardner (Amberley, 20)
The author is a Methodist minister living on the Suffolk coast who has long been involved in Guiding. This biography looks at the many challenges facing Baden-Powell and is interspersed with the recollections of those who met her.
A woman of remarkable energy and drive, she was already in her 50s, and caring for her elderly mother, when she agreed to take the lead role in the development of the Guides.
The Ant-Lion and the Elephant-Shrew by Anthony Irvin (Troubador, 5.99 each)
The adventurer Bear Grylls has described these books as great adventure stories for boys and girls and Beyton-based author Irvin has an easy to read style that draws you in. The books carry some lovely little illustrations by Cat Sawyer and I like the taglines on the back cover that state; dont read this book if you are afraid of eagles or elephants. Just the challenge for young ones to find out more! RB
Memories of the East Anglian Fishing Industry by Ian Robb (Countryside Books, 7.99)
All along the East Anglian coast fishing has been a way of life for centuries, with sons following fathers and grandfathers into this once great industry. But that was then, this is now. Over-fishing, government red tape and the high cost of fuel have decimated fishing off local waters, writes Ian Robb, himself part of a long-established fishing family (at the age of 15 he was a tally clerk for a wholesale fish merchant). He uses first-hand accounts, supported by some striking old photographs, to tell a good-humoured tale of how once good times turned sour. RB
A Last English Summer by Duncan Hamilton (Quercus, 20)
Beautifully written account of the 2009 Ashes cricket season in which the author watches all forms of the game, from village green to Test stadiums. Hamilton is very good on details, making overheard conversations in the crowd and the character of cricket grounds every bit as insightful as the art of batting, bowling and fielding. No mention of Suffolk but Essex players are included. A lovely winter read as we wait for another season. RB