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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.

Maritime Suffolk

Published on 9th November 2017 is Robert Malster's Maritime Suffolk - A history of 1,500 years of seafaring. It completes a series of titles which includes the two parts of Maritime Norfolk, North Sea War 1914-1919 and Julian Foynes' East Anglia against Napoleon. Of the earlier volumes from Robert Malster the International Journal of Maritime History said,'These books are enlightening and engaging and to be recommended to both academic and lay readers.' This new volume continues the same high standard of clarity and scholarship.

From the Thames Estuary to the Wash, you'll be absorbed by these titles - even if you've never set foot on a boat!

Book   Robert Malster     ISBN 9781909796362     £19.95     Add this item to your basket

A Cromer Miscellany

Philip Vicary was a faithful recorder of the town of Cromer in photographs and paintings through the 20th century. In addition he took the opportunity to make copies of many earlier pictures, both photographs and lithographs and it is because of his efforts that many of those pictures have come through to the present day. Lots of the photos we now see in Cromer books today were preserved because of Philip's diligence.

In A Cromer Miscellany his son Adrian brings together a selection from his own photos and those of his father. Some have not appeared in print before, such as the glorious images of steam locomotives at Cromer Beach station and the pictures of the first diesel cars to provide the Norwich-Sheringham service. It's a book that will be needed for any north Norfolk collection

Book   Adrian Vicary     ISBN 9781909796386     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

All Preachers Great and Small

'Heavenly humour and homely harmony' as Keith looks back over 20 years of the All Preachers Great and Small concert party. With memories from the many churches and chapels they visited and lots of the content used in the shows, there's plenty to enjoy of Keith's Norfolk humour. In lots of shops locally or order online by clicking on the 'shopping basket' below.
Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 9781909796379     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Echoes of History: Poppyland 1883-1914

So what's in a name? Sometimes a great deal, as in the case of 'Poppyland'. We have a couple of other titles and a DVD which help explain how north Norfolk gained this name, resulting in an explosioin in the number of residents and visitors at the end of the 19th century. In Echoes of History author David Thornton takes us a great deal deeper into the story. He introduces the various landed families who already treated north Norfolk as their summer playground. He then gives us an account of writer and theatre critic Clement Scott, who first visited in 1883 and coined the name Poppy-Land for his first article for the Daily Telegraph.

His meeting with 'Maid of the Mill' Louie Jermy and the coming of the theatre folk, the literati, the parliamentarians, the aristocracy and the industrialists extend the story into the 20th century as the small village of Overstrand become the 'village of millionaires'. And for those who want to delve even further, there re is a comprehensive bibliography of the many books written in the area or about the area.

Book   David Thornton     ISBN 9781909796348     £11.95     Add this item to your basket

More Norfolk Churches from the Air

After the great interest in Mike Page's first selection of photos of Norfolk's churches, here's a further choice from the images taken by the country's premier aerial photographer. He's been the 'wings over Norfolk' for several decades and he's delved into the collection to bring us more glorious pictures - and help answer the question,"Why wasn't our church in the first collection?"

From Hemsby to Hindringham, Wiggenhall to Walcott, we hope you'll find your local church featured - and of course the book will guide you to make a journey to the many joyous and generally medieval locations.

Book   Mike Page & Pauline Young     ISBN 0781909796393     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk

The West Norfolk Archaeological Society was founded in November 1967. To celebrate the 50th anniversary and to acknowledge how society has become more inclusive since that date, a conference in November 2017 was addressed by women speakers. A local cohort of heritage professionals and amateur researchers were invited to speak on their own inspirations, about famous women in the history of west Norfolk and of archaeological projects in which they had been involved.

Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk is a collection of the presentations made at that conference, giving all a chance to share in the research and the presentations of the day. With brief biographies of all the speakers and a short history of the Society, it serves as both a record of the day and an introduction to many areas of further interest.

Book        ISBN 9781909796409     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Six Essays in Hanseatic History

The Hanseatic League was a remarkable and unique organisation in medieval Europe, a system of trade across the continent which stretched from Novgorod in Russia to Lynn and Boston on the east coast of England. Its origins were small groups or hanse, German merchants seeking trading rights abroad as the continent's population and economy expanded. By its heyday around 1400 it linked some 80 larger towns and 100 smaller ones.

In Six Essays in Hanseatic History the authors come together to present aspects of the League from their own perspectives and specialisations. The New Hanseatic League was founded in the Netherlands in 1980, and now including Hull, Kings Lynn and Boston. All its members recognise the importance of international trade and participate in many practical ways, as well as rediscovering something of the story of the first Hanseatic League.

Book   Ayers, Cawthorne, Champion, Hoyle, Nicolle and Richards     ISBN 9781909796331     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Palling - A History Shaped by the Sea

About 30 years ago we published a booklet on Sea Palling; it sold out a long while ago, so we thought it was time for an update and a reprint. Visit Sea Palling on any warm summer's day and you'll find it's the ideal place to find spacious and unspoilt beaches in a quiet rural setting. The village of Palling acquried the prefix 'Sea' early in the 20th century when it became a modern holiday retreat.

But as this book illustrates, the 'place of Paelli's people' has a much longer and more interesting history than that of a seaside haven. Bronze age and iron age artefacts have been found on the beaches, thundering seas have broken through the dunes, medieval landlords have acquired fearsome reputations and beachmen have ventured out to vessels offshore to salvage and to smuggle. Ronnie Pestell's original text has been enhanced by that of his friend David Stannard to bring Palling's story into the present millennium.

Book        ISBN 9781909796356     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

I Therefore Post Him as a Coward

I Therefore Post Him as a Coward recounts how a show-down between a knight and a clergyman and a challenge to a duel engulfed the Norfolk town of Burnham Westgate (now Burnham Market) in July 1836. The demand by the curate, Henry Blyth, that Lord of the Manor Sir Roger Martin should refrain from appearing in the parish church with his housekeeper Mary Anne Clarke was played out in a series of public handbills. Rector Bernard Gilpin sought to pour oil on the trouble waters, but to no avail. Genealogist and house historian Gill Blanchard uncovers the background to the story.
Book   Gill Blanchard     ISBN 9781909796294     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Gareth H.H. Davies     ISBN 9781909796324     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Hugh Moffat     ISBN 0953968006     £17.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Frank Meeres     ISBN 9781909796317     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

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 the shopping basket below to order your copy of Boudica to Raedwald - East Anglia's Relations to Rome online, or ask at your local bookshop.

Book   John Fairclough     ISBN 9780953968039     £24.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   David Stannard     ISBN 9781909796164     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Victoria Manthorpe     ISBN 9781909796232     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Robert Malster     ISBN B9781909796157     £14.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 9781909796300     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Mike Page and Pauline Young     ISBN 978 1 909796 17 1     £11.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Victoria Manthorpe     ISBN B9781909796188     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

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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Book   Tim Bennett     ISBN 9781909796287     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Julian Foynes     ISBN 9781909796270     £19.95     Add this item to your basket

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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Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 9781909796195     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

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.


Book   Pam Inder and Marion Aldis     ISBN B9781909796201     £14.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   David Butters with Olive Wilson     ISBN 9781909796249     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Gareth H.H. Davies     ISBN 978 1 909796 21 8     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Gareth Calway     ISBN 9781909796225     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Gavin Paterson     ISBN 978-1-909796-14-0     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Gavin Paterson     ISBN 978-1-909796-13-3     £14.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Robert Malster     ISBN 9781909796034     £19.95     Add this item to your basket


Maritime Suffolk
A Cromer Miscellany
All Preachers Great and Small
Echoes of History: Poppyland 1883-1914
More Norfolk Churches from the Air
Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk
Six Essays in Hanseatic History
Palling - A History Shaped by the Sea
I Therefore Post Him as a Coward
Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus
Ships & Shipyards of Ipswich 1700-1970
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives
Boudica to Raedwald - East Anglia's Relations with Rome
Happisburgh - The Story of Britain Starts Here
Children of the Empire - The Victorian Haggards
North Sea War 1914-1919
A Rum Ole Norfolk Year
Norfolk Country Houses from the Air
Lilias Rider Haggard: Countrywoman
Overstrand in the Great War
East Anglia against the Tricolor 1789-1815
Keith Skipper's Norfolk Scrapbook
A Forgotten Norwich Artist: Catherine Maude Nichols
A History of Swaffham National Schools
The Fall of the Yarmouth Suspension Bridge
Doin Different: New Ballads from the East of England
Breeding Success - My Life as a Norfolk Farmer (Paperback)
Breeding Success - My Life as a Norfolk Farmer (Hardback)
Maritime Norfolk Part Two
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