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The best of new titles about Norfolk and Norwich
A year spent closer to home than most of are used to has resulted in a few positives: connecting to our surroundings and finding out more about the places we live. For many of you that will mean right here, in Norfolk, a county with a rich, fascinating history and diverse geography. At Jarrold we pride ourselves on having a Local Interest books section packed full of the broadest range of classic and up-to-date titles about Norwich, Norfolk and its environs.
So if you’re stuck for a last minute Christmas present, or just intrigued to keep learning about the area, then choose from this selection of the most exciting new local interest titles this season, the majority of them written by local individuals and brought to us by independent local publishers – a core part of our literary community here in Norfolk.
Tony Skipper’s Photographs of Norwich, 1960s - 1970s
This A4-sized book is something special, with captivating black and white photographs that draw you in, reflecting a unique period of Norwich’s history. Skipper was born in the city and describes taking the photographs as a way to document a changing way of life here in the mid-60s. Taken on a combination of Pentax, Mayima and Yashica cameras, images range from people to pubs, to buildings, roads and cityscapes. I love the portraits of patrons inside different pubs and bars – ordinary people captured forever. The book also includes a series of images first exhibited in Norwich in 2005, taken at The Jolly Butchers pub, featuring portraits of Antoinette Hannant, or ‘Black Anna’ as she was known.
From Leiston to Lancasters: Harold Rouse’s Story
Edited by Matthew Williams
Williams is in fact the son-in-law of Harold Rouse – a figure many in Norwich will have known – and has created this personal account through transcribing tape recordings Rouse made in his eighties. Rouse was a Suffolk lad, called up to the RAF aged 19, one of the first aircrew to fly the new Lancaster bombers, skippered by Dave Maltby who went on to become famous for his role in the Dambusters mission. Rouse flew 28 combat missions, becoming an officer. But this book isn’t just about his wartime experiences, it looks at the civilian life he led afterward in Norfolk and his rich, fulfilling family and social life. He was a fascinating man.
Struggle & Suffrage in Norwich; Women’s Lives & the Fight for Equality
In the narrative of the fight for women’s suffrage, most people have heard of Mrs .Pankhurst, but what is not generally known are the achievements of women here in Norfolk, extending beyond the suffrage movement to work in munitions factories and during the war. Looking at topics such as poverty/housing, education/work, social and legal reforms and relationships /marriage, using material in the Norfolk Record Office and elsewhere, this new book reveals fascinating accounts of local women fighting for equality and social mobility for all.
Water Mills and Marshes: Stories from the Broads, 1920-2020
WISEArchive is an oral history group, run by volunteers who record, transcribes and edit oral histories of local people. In this, their third book, they have achieved another brilliant, insightful and important contribution to preserving accounts of working lives, focussed here on the Broads over the past century. From those living and working in boatyards and on waterways, to farmers and marshmen, the records are various and fascinating, giving an impression not just of these individual experiences but of the environment and landscape itself and how it has evolved and been tended to. While most contributors are ordinary people, there are some well-known names, such as Suzie Hanna, daughter of Ted Ellis, who talks of growing up on Wheatfen. High production values, with colour photography.
Under the Griffin’s Wing: A Norwich Life
This memoir has been a labour of love to bring to publication, finally arriving on the shelves some 33 years after the death of its primary author, Frederick George Goodson Cobb (Fred). Fred was born in Norwich in 1896, served in World War One and went on to work for the railways for 50 years. Fred began his memoirs in his later years, after developing a taste for writing through regular contributions to the London & North Eastern Railway Magazine, as well as writing pieces for the Eastern Daily Press and Eastern Evening News. When he died, aged 80, the book lay dormant until his nephew, Alan Cobb, then aged 92, began reading the contents into a computer. It has been finished by Alan’s son, Chris, and Fred’s daughter, Janette, meaning a wider audience now have access to learning about Fred’s ‘Norwich life’.
Golf Coast: Norfolk
If you have been stuck at home unable to get out onto the green and tee off for a game of golf maybe you will find some inspiration in this illustrated guide to the golf courses along the coast of Norfolk. A potted guide to the amenities with colour illustrations and facts plus history of the golf courses themselves this will be every golf fan’s bedside read and guide, whether local or on holiday. So dust off your clubs and grab a copy. Includes Kings Lynn, Hunstanton and Cromer and Gorleston.
A Fine Line: Rob Barnes: East Anglian Printmaker
A beautifully produced, full-colour book from homegrown Norfolk publisher Mascot Media, who never fail to delight readers. Their latest offering focuses our attentions on the work of Rob Barnes, a Norfolk-based artist specialising in linocut landscape prints often featuring wildlife. His designs will be familiar to many as gorgeous greetings card designs, adopted by Green Pebble card publishers. This is the first book of his work, gathering 120 prints from the 2010-2020 period, while also reproducing work from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, showing how his distinctive style developed. Like the artwork, this is a calm, understated but incredibly skilful book, perfect for coffee table reading.
Romany Chal: More Tales from a North Norfolk Romany Life
This new volume of memoirs from storyteller and salvage-dealer of proud Romany stock, Mike Harmer, follows his successful first book in 2019 Kakka, Rokker Romany. Like its predecessor, this is a romp through colourful characters and anecdotes from Mike’s life, interspersed with moments of wit and wisdom and the facts and fictions of his Romany heritage. It has a folkloric feel to it, described brilliantly on the cover as a ‘heart-warming hotchi-witchi’ of tales and stories. You can dip in and out of this volume and each time you learn a little more about Mike and about his perspective on our county and history.
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Prices and availability checked Friday 18 December 2020