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Woolpit will see the launch of Suffolk Fairylore

Suffolk Fairylore

All are welcome to the launch of Francis Young's Suffolk Fairylore; see the invite above. Woolpit was the home of some iconic fairies, the 'green children', so we're delighted that the Elm Tree Gallery (in the centre of the village) has agreed to host us. Space is limited, however, so please do rsvp if you intend to come. We're expecting to have copies of the book from mid-November, in good time for you to buy it for someone for Christmas!


A shortlisting for Francis

We've just received the news that Francis's previous book for the Lasse Press, Peterborough Folklore, has been shortlisted for the Folklore Society's prestigious Katharine Briggs award, for the year's best book on folklore. Congratulations to Francis.


Coming up in 2019

Too late to be included in our 2018/19 catalogue (see below), we can now announce that our 2019 titles will include Matthew Williams' follow-up to his very sucessful Subterranean Norwich. Norwich Submerged is the provisional title of his book about Norwich's meandering river and the Great Flood of 1912. Philip Mosley's Resuming Maurice is a collection of essays on writers (many of them local to East Anglia) and celebrity by an emeritus professor from Penn State University. Several other titles are under negotiation; watch this space for more information.


Welcoming the Strangers

Frank Meeres is donating the royalties on The Welcome Stranger, his authoritative book on the many Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot immigrants to Norwich in the 16th and 17th centuries, to support the Norfolk Record Office, so was is very appropriate that our launch should be held there. It was a special plus that Frank (in the blue striped shirt) was able to show us some of the documents he used in his research. The book has already received an excellent review in the EDP.

Launch pic


Our catalogue

Lasse catalogue

Our catalogue gives details of all our titles, including one from early 2019, and our backlist titles, many of whose prices are newly reduced. The stunning cover illustration is from Clive Dunn's Landscape of Towers, delayed from its originally planned 2017 publication date, but now confidently scheduled for March 2019.

The catalogue is downloadable here



A cancellation

We're sorry to announce that Margaret Woods' Medieval Hadleigh will not now be published by the Lasse Press.


Shortlisting for Subterranean Norwich

We're delighted that a Lasse Press title made the shortlist for the Jarrolds/EDP East Anglian Book of the Year for the second year running. This time it was Matt Williams's turn, and although

Subterranean Norwich didn't win on the day, it was a pleasure to receive this recognition. The book was only published in June 2017, and is already our most successful book ever, with uniformly enthusiastic reviews and press coverage - including a 10-page feature in the December 2017 issue of Current Archaeology - and strong sales.


A famous host at Lady Cobham's castle

Cooling castle


Cooling Castle in Kent, where the eponymous heroine of Susan Curran's biography The wife of Cobham lived in the early 15th century, is now owned by musician Jools Holland and his family. It was a delight to be invited to the castle when Susan gave a talk at Cooling Church (itself famed for its Dickens connections) in September. Jools introduced the talk as well, and here he's showing Paul Simmonds, Susan's husband and co-director of the Lasse Press, around the ruins.


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




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