Ask the book buyer about discovering more about Norwich and Norfolk
I’ve recently moved to Norwich and starting afresh in a new city is exciting but can be daunting, so here are some of the books that have helped me discover more about this fine city, says Jarrold book buyer Holly Ainley.
This fortnight I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an incomer; to be, as the dictionary defines it, ‘a person who has come to live in an area in which they have not grown up’. I have only recently moved to Norwich – to Norfolk, in fact – and though I didn’t grow up in the city I moved from either, I had been there over a decade and so had a decent understanding of the community, the area and its history. Now, I’m starting afresh.
Part of the experience of being an incomer is starting to piece together the story of where you live, through conversation, new encounters and, if you’re lucky enough to have a local history section as abundant as we do at Jarrold, through books!
So here are some of the books that have helped me begin to learn about the rich history and heritage of this fine city and this beguiling county; from ancient times, to medieval, to the inspiration it provides today. For fellow incomers and for lifelong residents alike, these books shine a light on a very distinctive place.