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Come and meet My Darling Belle

Our last book launch was held outside Norwich, so it's some time since we held an event in our home city. And we're particularly happy to have arranged a pre-Christmas event at the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, a central and spacious venue which will let us serve wine. We'll be launching Maida Hunter's My Darling Belle, the perfect Christmas present for that hard-to-choose-for relative – and you can be confident they won't already own it! Andrew Bulman brought us his grandmother's letters with a private publication in mind, but we felt they were so entertaining it was worth offering them to a wider public. Leopards, murders, six-course meals with the fellow expats in a small town in Sierra Leone – not forgetting the cakes sent from Wales, and one of the most enterprising cats you'll ever come across – make for a consistently intriguing read.

The rest of our list will also be on show, including other present-worthy titles such as David Luckhurst's lovely album of paintings of Norwich's medieval churches, and Matt Williams's best-seller Subterranean Norwich. If you can't make that evening, would like to get the book sooner (it should be with us from mid-November) or are too far from Norwich, do look them up on our website (all our titles are sold direct as well as through bookshops) or call in and buy straight from us at 2 St Giles Terrace (off Bethel Street), Norwich.

Christmas launch

 

Shortlisting for Subterranean Norwich

We're delighted that a Lasse Press title has made the shortlist for the Jarrolds/EDP East Anglian Book of the Year for the second year running. This time it's Matt Williams's turn, and Matt, his wife Amanda, and Lasse Press proprietors Susan Curran and Paul Simmonds are all looking forward to the awards dinner. It's open to all, so do consider joining us and a starry line-up of shortlisted authors and guest speakers: the details are on http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/event/east-anglian-book-awards-2017/

Subterranean Norwich was only published in June, and is already our most successful book ever, with uniformly enthusiastic reviews and strong sales. Matt's looking now at writing a second book, about which we hope to have details soon.


 

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

 


Flintspired!

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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