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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.


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 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.


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.


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