Hester Periam Hawkins

HAWKINS, Hester Periam (née Lewis). b. Wantage, Berkshire, 13 November 1846; d. Reigate, Surrey, 18 May 1928. She married Joshua Hawkins of Bedford. She was the co-editor, with Edwin Moss, of The Home Hymn Book. A Manual of Sacred Song for the Family Circle (1885); the same two editors produced Songs for the People, Sacred and Social, for Missions, Guilds and Pleasant Sunday Services (ca. 1890). Her great interest was astronomy: she published many books on the subject, including Halley’s Comet (1910), The ABC Guide to Astronomy (1912, many editions), Ourselves and the Universe (1920) and Astronomy for Busy People (1922). A novel with an astronomical theme was her Stella Maitland; or Love...

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