News and events

John Clare welcomes us

Folklore launch


We were delighted to be hosted by the John Clare Trust at Clare's cottage in Helpston for the launch of Francis Young's Peterborough Folklore. On a sunny evening we were able to enjoy the beautiful garden as well a a short reading by Francis


A book for Christmas

We've just agreed to publish a bonus Christmas title, not in our 2017 catalogue. My darling Belle reproduces the hugely entertaining letters of Maida Hunter, grandmother of Norwich doctor Andrew Bulman, who (with Susan Curran) has edited them from his mother's transcripts.

My darling Belle


Sadly illness in the family has meant that Clive Dunn is running behind schedule in completing his Landscape of Towers. We now hope to publish the book in 2018.

Other 2018 titles pencilled in are Joe Mason on St Edmund and the Vikings, and Frank Meeres on the Norwich Strangers: watch this space for more information.


Going underground

Signing books Listening to Matt


Matthew Williams's Subterranean Norwich is not solely about the underground city, although it does cover the city's chalk tunnels, subsidence problems, lost rivers and more. It's really about how the city as a whole has been shaped by its geology and by past events. But it seemed appropriate to find an undergound venue for its launch, and we were delighted that W H Smith in Gentleman's Walk obliged. Matt spoke three times over at the crowded launch event, since we asked people to arrive at staged times to avoid over-filling the undercroft. The first reviews of the book are now available, and predictably glowing: visit the page on the book for quotes. And we are reprinting already!


Our catalogue


To download our 2017 catalogue click here.

Catalogue 2017



David Luckhurst's Norwich Medieval Churches as Part of the City Landscape was published in late April to coincide with Flintspiration, a long weekend of celebration of Norwich's extraordinary legacy of medieval churches, in conjunction with an exhibition of David's original paintings of the churches (32 of which are reproduced in the book) in Norwich Cathedral Library. (Just for one day, though, so it's no longer available to see.) David also did a book signing in St Peter Mancroft, the church shown in his painting below. You might also be interested in the exhibition on the Norwich Medieval Churches project that will be on display at the Norfolk Record Office until November.

St Peter Mancroft


Robin remembers an extraordinary art school

Robin Jesson with his book

In the broke, rationed world of postwar England, Bath Academy of Art was a wonder: an art school set in a beautiful listed building, with works by Gainsborough and Van Dyck in its gallery, and plenty of personal attention given by teachers who included some famous names. Robin Jesson, newly come from his National Service, understandably had a great time, which he recalls in At Corsham (in spite of the name, the school was at Corsham in Wiltshire, and not actually in Bath). It was launched in Norwich on 23 March.

Hear our writers talk


You can hear Celia Miller talk about The Amiable Mrs Peach to the Friends of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust at St Martin at Palace, Norwich at 1 pm on Tuesday 24 October.

Susan Curran is looking forward to talking at one of the locations that features heavily in The Wife of Cobham: Cooling Church, Kent on 23 September. Cooling Castle, the home of Joan Lady Cobham and most of her five husbands, including the famous heretic and traitor Sir John Oldcastle, is now the home of Jools Holland, who has played a part in setting up the event.


On the shortlist


We're delighted that Susan Curran's The Wife of Cobham was shortlisted for the 2016 East Anglian Book of the Year (administered by Jarrolds and the Eastern Daily Press, with the Norwich Writer's Centre and UEA).


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