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Mr Daunt said: "At Waterstones, we are committed to improving our bookshops quite radically to offer the best possible book-buying experience.
We have been speaking to members and non-members and they have been telling us that they need us more now than at any time," said Ms Daunt, who has enjoyed a high-profile career in the legal sector with firms such as Browne Jacobson, Irwin Mitchell and Eversheds and latterly as a consultant at Hammonds.
The restructuring will see the Goodwins depot become a dedicated ambient supplier to another BWG company, Bargain Booze, and Daunt will service Goodwins' other customers.
I remember seeing Patricia with her lovely red hair when she was carrying some ice creams one day at work," Mr Daunt, aged 86, said.
Previously head of the Eversheds real estate team in the Midlands, Ms Daunt is one of the highest profile partners to join Browne Jacobson in recent years.
GT News has been a major customer of AR Daunt and the two companies recently entered a joint trading agreement to maximise their trading arrangements.
Ms Daunt, who has been preparing for the demanding event since March, has followed a strict training programme to increase her fitness level.
Helen Dean (developing programmes co-ordinator, The Prince's Trust) and Mary Daunt (head of real estate, Eversheds' Midlands offices)
Daunt is founder of independent chain Daunt Books, which has shops in swish parts of London.
Daunt, who charges twice as much as any other tutor in Britain - pounds 75 an hour - is now nearly as famous as some of his pupils.
Father-of-two Paul Burke, 38, dragged computer programmer Kevin Daunt from Judge Roy Beans and slammed him into a bollard.
Trainer Frank Jordan faces the daunting prospect of putting his 100,000 guineas purchase Daunt back on the rails after a dismal display at Hereford.