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.
Lowestoft Fishermen's War: 1914-1918
While other fishermen around the British Isles had similar stories to tell about their wartime experiences this is the story of the Lowestoft men and boys who found themselves in the frontline of the economic war with Germany.
During the First World War Lowestoft fishermen were required to make statements under oath to a Board of Trade official in order to seek compensation for losses. These unpublished statements, which were also used by Naval Intelligence in their vital work to defeat the U-boat menace from Germany, lay unresearched in the National Archives. Not all have survived, but those that have form the main primary resource material for this book. In examining these statements, the author, Alan John Curtis, provides an insight into what one might argue has been an overlooked area of the region's maritime history.
Alan came across the records while researching his family history. The family's ties to the history of the fishing industry in the town are strong. His grandfather, George Francis, being the last of the family’s driftnet fishermen, had married Barbara Isbister a ‘fishergirl’ from Shetland. However, it was through discussions with his father and his collection of books, old photographs and newspaper cuttings that inspired the initial research and in the end the writing of this book.
Alan John Curtis ISBN 9781909796539 £10.95
Great Yarmouth: A Sand in the Sea
This short history of the town in our Town and Village series replaces the original 1980 publication long since out of print. It covers important aspects of the town’s history, including its defence over the centuries, civic pride and authority, the rise and decline of both its fishing and holiday industries and its revival in the late 20th and early 21st century, servicing the oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
It is the first of our publications to enable readers to access augmented reality technology through the use of their smart phone or tablet bringing the printed image literally to life on the page.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978-1-909796-50-8 £2.95
Lowestoft: Britain's Most Easterly Town
Suffolk’s second town has been characterised by its relationship with the sea whether it be through ship-building or the fishing industry. Competition led to tension with Great Yarmouth, but their historical development followed different paths. Lowestoft came into its own through the entrepreneurial zeal of wealthy townspeople in the Middle Ages and of one man, Samuel Morton Peto, in the 19th century.
This short history in our Town and Village series looks at key aspects in the growth of the community, the town’s move to the cliff top in the 14th century, its gains and losses in the 19th and 20th centuries and its re-branding today as the renewable energy capital of the United Kingdom.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978-1-909796-51-5 £2.95
The Yarmouth Bodysnatchers
Competition among the London grave-robbing gangs was fierce during the early 19th century. As the demand for bodies increased, so the risks in obtaining them grew. As a result, professional body snatchers moved into the countryside where their activities were less likely to be detected. In 1827, they were to be discovered robbing Great Yarmouth’s graveyard. What made it more unacceptable was the involvement of Sir Astley Cooper, the eminent surgeon, who had been brought up at the vicarage in his youth.
The first of our new pamphlet series, looking at individual aspects of East Anglian history, explores this grizzly event in Yarmouth’s past.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978-1-909796-52-2 £1.95
Forgotten Yarmouth Entertainments
19th century popular culture is exemplified by this exploration of ten entertainers who came to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.
Through Charles Marsh, the itinerant beach entertainer, who fell from the Naval Pillar, to John Thurton, the brilliant local ventriloquist and mimic from Woodbridge, the author provides an insight into the changing nature of entertainment as the holiday industry grew. While many represented in this book are now forgotten, some are perhaps more well known, such as Charles S. Stratton (Tom Thumb) and Jem Mace, the first heavyweight champion of the world. All can be found in this fascinating and accessible book.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 9781546412243 £9.95
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.
ISBN 9781909796409 £9.95
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.
David Thornton ISBN 9781909796348 £11.95
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.
Adrian Vicary ISBN 9781909796386 £10.95
Robert Malster's Maritime Suffolk - A history of 1,500 years of seafaring
completes a series of titles which includes Maritime Norfolk
(Part I the Norfolk coast and Part 2 covering the East coast), 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!
Robert Malster ISBN 9781909796362 £19.95