The Little Blue Boat by Phil Johnson
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Matador | Paperback | 9781780883700
This exciting story gives children an understanding of the geography, ecology and wildlife of one of Europe’s greatest wetlands as well as explaining the importance of water safety. If you love animals, the outdoors and a cracking good story then join the mysterious Marsh man in this life-affirming adventure, with echoes of Swallows and Amazons.
An Open Mind by Hudson Architects
Artifice| Large Paperback | 9781908967060
This is the first comprehensive study of Hudson Architects, a British practice with an international reach based in London and Norwich. It illustrates how they have been unafraid to challenge established ways of thinking and working, from its skill in beautiful detailing to its contemporary response to tradition and the vernacular. There is a pursuit of pioneering sustainable and pre-fabricated construction and a new approach to conservation.
Diss and District through time by Elizabeth Walne
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Amberley | Paperback | 9781445611433
This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Diss and the surrounding areas have changed and developed in the last century. From the ancient parish churches to the pretty timber framed and thatched houses, handsome chapels to historic inns, there is something for everyone. A fantastic visual journey, with old and new images, this will delight residents and visitors alike.
Grandad’s War by Ted Barnes
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Melrose Books | Paperback | 9781908645265
Herbert Barnes was a private soldier from Norfolk Who fought in some of the most iconic battles of the First World War. His story has been meticulously researched using public records and family archives by his grandson, author Ted Barnes. Its both an historical study and a personal exploration of the impact on one man and the family he left behind, ultimately serving as a fascinating and touching legacy for a much loved grandfather.
The Man Who Found The Broads by George Davies
Hamilton | Large Paperback | 9780903094078
George Davies was acknowledged by his peers to be the first of the great Broads photographers and became a prolific writer and this is his first published biography. Much of his life, friends and contemporaries were the founding fathers of twentieth century Norwich. The photographs date from 1880 and much of what he saw has either disappeared or changed out of all recognition. We see the development of a wide variety of unique inland watercraft, Davies sailing through its most exciting period.
Return of a King by William Dalrymple
Bloomsbury | Hardback | 97814088818305
In the spring of 1839 the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 pored through the passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain’s greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century, utterly routed by Afghan tribesmen. This is the definitive analysis and an important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collusion, folly and hubris, for our times.
Originally published as 'Roy's Read's' in Let's Talk magazine | July 2013