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Join us and Joe at Jarrolds

Edmund launch

Our spring title, Joseph Mason's St Edmund and the Vikings will be launched by our good friends at Jarrolds on 19 April. Joe will talk briefly about his book, wine will be served, and of course the book will be on sale. This is a free event, but we'd appreciate RSVPs so that we can plan for the catering.

We'll also be featuring the book heavily at our stall at the May Fair at Taverham Church (which is, of course, dedicated to St Edmund)although our other titles will also be on sale at discount prices there. And we'll be featuring it and our other titles at other events throughout the year. Joe would be happy to talk about the book, so do contact us at lassepress@gmail.com if you'd like to get in contact with him.


 

Strangers in Norwich

Welcome stranger

Coming up in 2018 will be a treat for Norwich historians, and indeed for many historians outside the City. The Welcome Stranger will be the first in-depth study of the many Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot immigrants to Norwich in the 16th and 17th centuries. Frank Meeres, a well-respected and experienced local history writer, has touched on this subject before, and draws on the extensive resources of the Norfolk Record Office, where he worked for many years. Details will follow soon of the launch in June 2018. And later in the year, we'll be publishing Francis Young's Suffolk Fairylore, something of a companion piece to his Peterborough Folklore which we published very successfully last year.


 

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 only published in June, and is already our most successful book ever, with uniformly enthusiastic reviews and press coverage - including a 10-page feature in the December 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

 


Forthcoming – and delayed

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 at some time (yet to be determined) in 2018.

 


Our catalogue

 

To download our 2017 catalogue click here.

Catalogue 2017

 


Flintspired!

David Luckhurst's Norwich Medieval Churches as Part of the City Landscape was published in late April 2017 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.


 

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