The titles featured on this page are our most recent publications.
We published our first book in 1976 and have added many more, together with a range of DVDs, in recent years. Take the opportunity to explore on the site - lots of our authors have contributed short videos to introduce their subject. You'll also find a range of support material - use the 'Support and Resources' button on the left to access units associated with books.
Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus
Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus
, with the sub-title A Romance of Real Life
, is the story of Norwich born Pablo Fanque - or William Darby, to use his birth name. The fact that he was African British had an important bearing on his life and tells us something about Victorian society, but so does the fact that he was born of humble origins and became one of the best known and loved circus proprietors of the Victorian period.
Pablo Fanque is the perfect illustration of our society in which ethnic diversity and cultural identity are much valued. His connection with the Beatles song, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, found on the Sergeant Pepper album, provides a very real nostalgic link for a generation which began to cast off previous assumptions about race, class, and notions of history.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 9781909796324 £10.95
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives tells true stories about Norfolk women in the first half of the twentieth century, at a time when women are just beginning to achieve equality in politics and in other spheres of life. The suffrage movement in Norfolk and women who risked prison is followed by chapters looking as women serving their country in the First World War but in very different ways - as nurses, as peacemakers. campaigning against the war itself. Chapters on the 1920s look at movement forward in the world of politics and then there are the accounts of a number of women in the Second World War, including some who found themselves involved in the Holocaust in a number of ways. The final chapter is about Eugenia Zagajewska, a Polish refugee who died in Norfolk in 1946.
Frank Meeres ISBN 9781909796317 £10.95
East Anglia against the Tricolor 1789-1815
As the 18th century came to its close, Europe watched events in France with amazement and with fear. But many, including a good number of prominent East Anglians, welcomed the overthrow of the French regime, cheered the fall of the infamous Bastille and considered it time for a British republic. Three years later, the French Revolution had provoked a European war, with Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex becoming part of the front line. With one brief pause, it was a war that would last for 23 years. Author Julian Foynes brings together the story of the east of England for the years 1789 to 1815. Voices from parliament, sermons from the pulpit, orders for the army and navy, stirring tales, maps and illustrations are amongst the many sources on which he has called for his comprehensive account of part of East Anglia's history. Click the basket below to order online; for a video introduction, click to hear more about the book
Julian Foynes ISBN 9781909796270 £19.95
Overstrand in the Great War
The parish of Overstrand in north Norfolk is just one of the hundreds across the country which has taken the opportunity to look back and remember the young - and sometimes not so young - of the village who went off to war just over 100 years ago. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Overstrand Parish Council, the full colour and 208 pages of this title have been brought together by author Tim Bennett, a former Head Teacher of the Belfry school in the village. From the remarkable sermon preached by Overstrand resident and Eton Head Teacher Rev Dr Edward Lyttleton, wrestiling with the morality of going to war, through to the changed lives of those who returned from the war, it is an intriguing and moving read.
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Tim Bennett ISBN 9781909796287 £9.95
Boudica to Raedwald - East Anglia's Relations with Rome
Boudica and Raedwald are two of the dominant characters in the early history of East Anglia, the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. What do we know about them and about the thread of continuity that links them? How close did Boudica come to driving the Roman army out of Britain in AD61? What influence did four centuries of Roman rule have on Raedwald, whose grave ship at Sutton Hoo contained such fabulous treasures?
In seeking answers to these questions, John Fairclough examines the discoveries of archaeologists over the past hundred years. Click Boudica to Raedwald - East Anglia's Relations to Rome to go to the page from which you can order online.
John Fairclough ISBN 9780953968039 £24.95
A Rum Ole Norfolk Year
'A Rum Ole Norfolk Year' is the latest offering from Norfolk's own Keith Skipper. For thirty years Keith has kept a daily diary of notes and eavesdroppings, both personal and of stories from the local press. He has trawled through to find the best, the quirkiest and the most thoughtful stoires, mixing a choice of humour with tales of loyal service and the changing face of county life.
'Why was a scarecrow censored by police?', 'Who collected £8,000 in a milk churn?', 'Why was Jesus on a bike in Attleborough?' - these and hundreds more questions are answered in this volume. Look out for it at your local shop or order online using the 'shopping-basket' below.
Keith Skipper ISBN 9781909796300 £9.95
Happisburgh - The Story of Britain Starts Here
Some think of the village of Happisburgh, perched out on the north-east corner of Norfolk, as a lonely place, perched on the edge of nowhere. But recent years have thrown it into the spotlight. Happisburgh - The Story of Britain Starts Here takes its title from the fact that it regarded as the earliest site in northern Europe where evidence of humans can be found. Click the shopping basket icon to make an online purchase.
David Stannard ISBN 9781909796164 £2.95
Ships & Shipyards of Ipswich 1700-1970
As long ago as 1294 the shipwrights of Ipswich were building a galley for the King's navy, and the town on the Orwell continued to be a leading ship-building centre until the 20th century. Schooners, brigs, ketches and the great Indiamen were amongst the vessesls built over the years. The author opens a window on a significant part of the town's history.
Hugh Moffat's ancestors include several Ipswich mariners, so it need occasion no surprise that a maritime interest began to grow when he was in his teens. This book makes a major contribution to the maritime history of an anceint east coast port.
Hugh Moffat ISBN 0953968006 £17.95
Children of the Empire - The Victorian Haggards
Rider Haggard was the best known, through his books, of ten Norfolk siblings who came to maturity as the British Empire was reaching its zenith at the conclusion of the 19th century. Because Rider was so well known, the others of the family have often been overlooked - yet his brothers were as much involved with the Empire as was he. Their opportuniteis and careers were dependent on the expansion and maintenance of the colonial world. Theirs is a good story, worth the telling and one which reflects both the vitality and confidence of the British Empired - and its intrinsic weakness.
First published in 1996 by Victor Gollancz, we're delighted to be able to bring Children of the Empire - The Victorian Haggards back into print. Click the basket below to order your copy online, or enquire at your local bookshop.
Victoria Manthorpe ISBN 9781909796232 £12.95
In at the Deep End (Paperback)
Young farmer and father David Richardson was at work on his farm in 1960 when he was taken aback by the arrival of a green Jaguar, driven by television presenter Dick Joice. He was even more surprised when Dick asked him if he would attend for an audition to present a farming section on the new magazine programme About Anglia
. Thus begins the book In at the Deep End - how a young farmer came to cultivate the media
, as author David Richardson looks back over his life.
Anglia Television was just the beginning. He would go on to present for BBC television and radio, write for a variety of newspapers and magazines and finally return to ITV, all the while running and developing his own farm. His communication skills took him around Britain and around the world. David introduces the book here and explains his first contact with Dick Joice of Anglia Television. Click on the shopping basket below to order your copy.
David Richardson ISBN 9781909796263 £12.95
A History of Swaffham National Schools
A History of Swaffham National Schools is the second title in our Norfolk Documentsseries. As with the other titles, it takes an historical document, in this case the log books of these Swaffham school in the 19th and early 20th century, and presents the contents of those logs with additional notes. Author David Butters with his colleague Olive Wilson provide a background to education in the town, gives the context of the logs and presents the material as a valuable tool for understanding both education and a Norfolk market town in that time period. It's available in bookshops across Norfolk and you can purchase it on-line by clicking on the shopping basket below.
David Butters with Olive Wilson ISBN 9781909796249 £12.95
North Sea War 1914-1919
With commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War commanding much attention, maritime author Robert Malster felt it was was time to bring together the various aspects, often considerably under-reported, of the war in the North Sea. The battle of Jutland generally takes the attention of those investigating that war at sea; the day-to-day activities of the warships of the Harwich Force, the little-known struggle of fishermen in their sailing smacks and the unceasing operations of drifters, trawlers and paddle steamers converted to meet naval requirements as minesweepers and patrol vessels never made headlines. Yet they were reality for thousands of sailors, fishermen and other maritime workers. Click the shopping basket below to order a copy online - or call at your favourite bookshop.
Robert Malster ISBN B9781909796157 £14.95
Norfolk Country Houses from the Air
We're delighted to be able to bring you another selection of glorious pictures of the county of Norfolk from the air. Mike Page has been taking such pictures for over four decades, so we've had plenty of images from which to choose.
From the great and the grand houses such as Blicking and Felbrigg, cared for by the National Trust, to smaller but no less picturesque halls, the selection illustrates houses in their locations and the variety and colour of the Norfolk landscape. You will find the book in bookshops across East Anglia or you can order on-line by clicking the shopping basket below.
Mike Page and Pauline Young ISBN 978 1 909796 17 1 £11.95
Lilias Rider Haggard: Countrywoman
Mention the name Rider Haggard to the 21st century reader and it is the novelist, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon's Mines
and She, who comes to mind. His wild adventures and stirring romances held their popularity from the late 19th right through to the later decades of the 20th century.
But the East Anglian might also swiftly call to mind his daughter, Lilias, who was an accomplished authoress in her own right, a columnist for the Eastern Daily Press and a range of national publications. Hers is a very different story. While she had the privilege of sharing in some of her father's exotic travels Lilias also shared her own generation's tragic experience of the First World War. As a VAD nurse she watched as the harrowing conflict changed their world. When she returned to her Norfolk home she came back not only with a new depth and compassion but also with a determined affirmation of rural life that soon found its expression in her on countryside matters in many articles and books. Click the shopping basket below to order your copy.
Victoria Manthorpe ISBN B9781909796188 £12.95
Keith Skipper's Norfolk Scrapbook
A treasure trove of Norfolk gems as Keith Skipper looks back over his life in the press, on the wireless and as an entertainer. He has been writing and talking about Norfolk for a living and for pleasure since leaving school in 1962. This title is number 39 of a prolific production line featuring "the finest county of them all" - if we may quote Keith!
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Keith Skipper ISBN 9781909796195 £9.95
A Forgotten Norwich Artist: Catherine Maude Nichols
Catherine Nichols was a prominent and busy Norwich artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a woman making a commercial success of her talent in a man's world. She had apparently not left posterity a deal of information about herself, having gone to some length to keep her life hidden, but in A Forgotten Norwich Artist: Catherine Maude Nichols
the authors have brought her character to the fore. In this their second title for Poppyland Publishing, Pam Inder and Marion Aldis have expanded on the one chapter devoted to Catherine Nichols in their previous title,'Nine Norfolk Women', as their research took them deeper into her story. Click the basket below for the on-line order facility.
Pam Inder and Marion Aldis ISBN B9781909796201 £14.95
The Fall of the Yarmouth Suspension Bridge
The collapse of the Great Yarmouth Suspension bridge in 1845 was a disaster for the town, with 78 lives, many of them women and children, being lost. Clown Arthur Nelson had performed his stunt to promote the visit of Cooke's circus hundreds of times before - but this time the outcome was calamitous. Author Gareth Davies sets the events of the day in the context of social, economic and political context of the day. Click on the basket below to order your copy, or call at your local bookshop.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978 1 909796 21 8 £10.95
Doin Different: New Ballads from the East of England
'Doin Different: New Ballads from the East of England' is author Gareth Calway's eight book of verse, but it doesn't just contain the words. It's illustrated with photographs of musical events, locations around East Anglia and and with full music scores and chord settings for the ballads. If you're a singer, a player or just enjoy listening to the music provided at the folk clubs and festivals across East Anglia, this one's for you. From it you can access a range of links to hear the music itself, in many forms. Click the shopping basket below to order.
Gareth Calway ISBN 9781909796225 £10.95
Breeding Success - My Life as a Norfolk Farmer (Paperback)
A paperback edition. One of Norfolk's best known dairy farmers has recorded his life story in this autobiography. Written in conjunction with journalist Mark Nicholls, he tells how his father moved from a small farm in Scotland to take advantage of the pastures of east Norfolk to build an award winning herd of Friesians. As well as being a personal account of a family story, the book is an historical account of farming in Norfolk in the second half of the 20th century which will form a useful source for those researching agricultural development. You can click Breeding Success
to go to the section where you can order the paperback edition of the book
Gavin Paterson ISBN 978-1-909796-14-0 £12.95
Breeding Success - My Life as a Norfolk Farmer (Hardback)
One of Norfolk's best known dairy farmers has recorded his life story in this autobiography. Written in conjunction with journalist Mark Nicholls, he tells how his father moved from a small farm in Scotland to take advantage of the pastures of east Norfolk to build an award winning herd of Friesians. As well as being a personal account of a family story, the book is an historical account of farming in Norfolk in the second half of the 20th century which will form a useful source for those researching agricultural development. Click Breeding Success
for the section where you can order a hardback copy the book
Gavin Paterson ISBN 978-1-909796-13-3 £14.95
Wells next the Sea - A small port and a wide world (Ppbk)
Wells next the Sea receives thousands of visitors every year. On a summer weekend the streets are packed with people who come to enjoy the beaches, the cafes and the pubs which line the quay, but it was one of the later Norfolk coastal towns to become a tourist haven. Author Roger Arguile details its busy role as a fishing centre, as a trading port and as a centre for malting, from the 11th to the 20th centuries, in this fascinating new history.
You can click to hear from author Roger Arguile; to order your copy click on the shopping basket below.
Because of the high level of demand, we are now out of stock of the hardback version for our online service, but Norfolk bookshops have a plentiful supply at present. Click below to order the paperback version.
Roger Arguile ISBN 798 1 909796 11 9 £14.95
Digging Sedgeford - A People's Archaeology
The Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project undertook its first dig in the Norfolk village in 1996. Every year since a team of volunteer archaeologists has camped in a field to continue exploring 5,000 years of history from the Stone Age to the First World War. Experts and amateurs work side by side to learn how our ancestors lived, work and died in a very ordinary piece of English countryside. This is the book of the story so far.
Pulled together by an editorial team but using contributions from the many hundred of archaeologists - amateur and professional - who have worked on the site, it provides a fascinating insight into one East Anglian settlement and tells a story which was probably repeated in other settlements across the region. To hear something more of the book and the project, click to hear from two of the team members.
SHARP ISBN 9781909796089 £19.95
Maritime Norfolk Part Two
Maritime Norfolk Part Two
is the accompanying volume to Maritime Norfolk Part One
, Robert Malster's comprehensive work on the maritime history of the county. With 288 pages and over 300 illustrations, this volume complements Part One by concentrating on the fishing port and trading harbour of Great Yarmouth, together with a section on steamers on the river Yare to Norwich. Whether your interest is primarily in the maritime history of the east of England or more generally concerned with Norfolk's heritage, you'll want this book in your library.
Click to hear author Robert Malster introduce the book and why it became necessary for this major work on the county's maritime history to be delivered in two parts.
Robert Malster ISBN B9781909796034 £19.95
Crabs and Shannocks - The Longshore Fishermen of North Norfolk (DVD)
The DVD Crabs and Shannocks
tells the story of the mariners of North Norfolk from Saxon times to the present day, with much of the story told by today's fishermen. We've been able to bring together historic photos, archive recordings on film and tape, historic documents and specially created animations to help recount this aspect of life on the Norfolk coast. The daily hunt for crabs and lobsters remains at the heart of the community; the boats are at sea at first light and returning to the beaches with their catch as the rest of the town stirs into life.
The Crabs and Shannocks DVD runs for 67 minutes and you can click to view a trailer of the DVD.
Poppyland Productions £12.95