As MyriadLifeBooks is located in Norfolk UK it makes perfect sense to affiliate for the brilliant Bittern Books who stock beautiful and interesting books from local authors, historians and photographers who like me, are plainly in love with this fascinating county.
Through the books seen here you can delve into the history of this incredible place no matter where you live. Norfolk inspires writers with its stunning landscapes, coastline, ancient sites and architecture. Norwich is known as the city of stories and a UNESCO city of literature.
If you have never been to Norfolk, these books will surely encourage you to visit!
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The books on this page are all related to the Norfolk Broads, to see books about Norwich please click here.
The marshes and waterways of the Broads have attracted visitors since the mid-1800s when the railway enabled access to, what was then, a pristine paradise.
This collection of stories, based on recorded interviews, provides a fascinating and wide ranging insight into the heritage and on-going changes in this land of water, mills and marshes.
Spread out under the vast Norfolk skies, the Broads have helped define the county. In a panoramic sweep of facts, anecdotes and historical research, Pete Goodrum tells their story. From the Roman occupation, when the peat excavations that would form them were first begun, through the dark days of the Middle Ages, to the innovations of the nineteenth century and the emergence of the area as an internationally loved holiday location, this is the complete picture of the Norfolk Broads. Long thought to be a natural phenomenon the Broads are now known to be manmade. And man has made much of them. An inspiration to writers and artists, a passion for conservationists and a recreational wonderland for holidaymakers, the Norfolk Broads are inextricably linked to the history and social development of the county. Covering the development of this beautiful and intriguing area up to the present day, Norfolk Broads: The Biography is a rewarding insight into the history of these magical waterways.
In Arthur Ransome on the Broads Roger Wardale tells the inside story of the two classic children’s novels, Coot Club and The Big Six, that stemmed from the eight holidays that Ransome and his wife spent cruising in hired craft on the Norfolk Broads in the 1930s. Drawing freely upon Ransome’s sailing log, his diaries and those of his wife, an intimate portrait emerges of the iconic children’s author on holiday, as well as a unique picture of the Norfolk Broads at a crucial point in their transition from the wilderness that he loved to a watery playground. Using Ransome’s working notes and letters it has been possible to trace the trials and tribulations of the development of the plot of Coot Club – a book that his publisher had to drag from him in order to catch the Christmas market. By way of contrast, Ransome’s masterly tale of detection, The Big Six, gave him lots of fun in the creation – once he had settled on the crime. This beautifully illustrated book should appeal to all Ransome enthusiasts, those who have sailed on the Broads at some time or other and local historians.
In recent years a number of Norfolk’s mills have been restored – sometimes to full working order – by private owners, councils and windmill trusts. The county has among the most extensive windmill remains in Britain and was once home to some of the largest ever built. There is much interest locally and nationally in the preservation of these symbols of a bygone age.
In Windmills of Norfolk, John Ling brings together some of the most important and interesting examples, including many which still survive and others that have disappeared. Within its pages are recorded the often forgotten record-breaking giants of the past together with a host of present-day survivors that can be visited or viewed.
Chris Armstrong has painstakingly researched the fascinating history of five of Norfolk’s most iconic department stores, unearthing many previously unheard stories and meeting some genuinely eccentric characters along the way. One such character, Arnold Roy, one of the founding brothers of Roys of Wroxham, was hailed as ‘the Norfolk Napoleon’ and an extraordinary appearance on the BBC’s In Town Tonight in the 1930s gave rise to an avalanche of letters from ladies wishing to marry him, as well as the title of this book (which was his answer to the question of what was sold in his emporium). The author draws attention to the impact of the massive changes in the retail market, from out of town stores to the growth of internet shopping, on these stores and investigates the rapid growth of the shops run by a local charity.
Francis Frith started his photographic business in the 1870s, seeing an opportunity to sell souvenir photographs to holiday visitors. He soon employed teams of photographers around the country and soon started producing postcards. After his death in 1899, his sons, and later his grandson, took on and developed the business. The business continued until 1969 when it finally closed, but the amazing archive of over 300,000 images was saved, and now, almost 50 years later is in the final stages of being digitized and made widely available through the publications and websites of The Francis Frith Collection.