New Mills author pens First World War tale

Joyce Marlow
Joyce Marlow

The poignant tale of an English girl caught up in the turmoil of the First World War is told in a new book by an award-winning New Mills author.

Former stage and TV actress Joyce Marlow has launched her latest novel The Memoirs of Ellie Warburton on Amazon.

Set before and during the Great War, it tells the story of a well-off middle class girl whose comfortable life gives way to the horrors of Flanders Fields, when she volunteers as a mobile canteen and ambulance driver.

Joyce, 86, said: “It was listening wide-eyed to my father talking about his experiences on the Somme and in the last bitter fighting along the Menin Road that started my fascination with the First World War.”

After a successful acting career in repertory, the West End, film and television and a spell as a press officer at the Savoy Hotel, Joyce became a full-time writer.

She has published more than 20 books, among them The Peterloo Massacre and The Tolpuddle Martyrs. Her suffragette novel Kessie won the Romantic Novelist Association’s Best Historical Novel Award.