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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.

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.


Also coming up

Photographer and film maker Clive Dunn takes a look at one of the Lasse Press's favourite themes, Norfolk churches, with atmospheric photos and an 'explorer's guide' (including maps and details of how to find them) of the county's ruined churches and related buildings.

Our next 2017 title heads slightly to the west. Francis Young, whose Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was a real hit for us in 2016, turns to his current home, Peterborough, and his second love (after ecclesiastical history) of folklore, to investigate the unjustly neglected subject of Peterborough Folklore.

And we've just aqreed 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.

Landscape of Towers    Peterborough Folklore    My darling Belle


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: more details soon. 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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