Wartime love story is Hayling Island author’s debut novel

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A GRANDMOTHER has written a book inspired by her own grandfather.

Lorna Howarth, of Spinnaker Grange, Hayling Island, has had her debut novel Dearest Maude published.

It is about young Maude Timms who works as a drapery assistant in Portsmouth when the First World War is declared.

She then enrols as a volunteer nurse at the Royal Victoria Military Hospital, in Netley.

Mrs Howarth, 61, describes it as a love story, not a romance. She added: ‘My grandfather Arthur Hammond died before I was born but his presence was always felt in my family. I grew up listening to tales about him fighting in France.

‘He was one of the lucky ones who made it home but four years spent in the trenches took its toll and he eventually died of tuberculosis.’

Dearest Maude is available from Waterstones, in Portsmouth, and Amazon.com. The IBSN number is 978-0-9571314-0-8.