Love Letter to Unsung Essex
The Bookshop’s own publishing company Wivenbooks has just published a new book from Martin Newell Horses Seen Through Trees. It is the second part of his homage to Essex. Like the earlier book, A Prospect of Wivenhoe, it is part travelogue, part history and it is also a love letter to an area in which this award-winning columnist and poet has lived and worked for four decades.
Newell’s journey takes him from Wivenhoe into Colchester – past and present – and back out again accross the countryside of the Tendring peninsula to its jigsaw coastline. Funny, wistful and often quirky, Horses seen through Trees is a unique look at an unsung part of England.
“He is our local Laurie Lee, an Essex Bill Bryson and I am happy to say there are those who still think he is mad, bad and dangerous to know.” Andrew Phillips
“Martin Newell ‘sings’ what East Anglia and its visitors would never see, modest lanes and ordinary characters.” Ronald Blythe
“You couldn’t stop him writing if you sawed his hands off.” Germaine Greer