The Society Library Committee has just received this book for review: 'The 1953 Essex Flood Disaster - The People's Story' by Patricia Rennoldson Smith. (History Press, 2012. £12.99.)
It is published to coincide with the Great Tide (as the title of another book by Hilda Grieve put it) in which 53 people died on low-lying Canvey Island when their homes were engulfed in the early hours of 1 February 1953. The event is particularly remembered in Essex - the 40th and 50th anniversary of the disaster being commemorated with a Memorial Service at Chelmsford Cathedral, and documentaries on BBC Essex. The review of this book will follow in due course in our Newsletter.
The Library Committee is always pleased to receive relevant books for review (in our 'Newsletter' or 'Transactions') and onward accession to the Society's Library at the Colchester campus of the University of Essex.