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Lowestoft-based Poppyland Publishing published its first title in 1976. Since then it has regularly published titles of local interest in East Anglia. We publish books, DVDs and prints and offer many supplementary materials on our web sites.

Each section below covers a recent publication. For a full press release download the associated zip file, which contains a press release document, the front cover and, in many cases, photographs from the book for use in association with features and reviews.

Lowestoft Fishermen's War: 1914-1918

A new publication from Poppyland Publishing
RRP £10.95

Available from 2nd June 2018.

Lowestoft Fishermen’s War 1914 - 1918 is the story of the Lowestoft men and boys who found themselves in the frontline of the economic war with Germany. Required to make statements under oath to a Board of Trade official in order to seek compensation for losses, their unpublished testimonies, which were also used by Naval Intelligence in their vital work to defeat the U-boat menace from Germany, lay forgotten in the National Archives. Not all have survived, but those that have form the main primary resource material for this book. In examining these statements, the author provides an insight into what one might argue has been an overlooked area of the town’s maritime history.

The usual way in which the German U-boats destroyed the wooden sailing smacks that made up the Lowestoft fishing fleet was by using a time bomb. Unable to out-run the submarine, on capture, the crew were forced to use their small boat to pick up German sailors from the U-boat, who would be rowed back to plant the bomb. The smack’s crew would then be set adrift in their rowing boat to fend for themselves. These unique encounters enabled vital intelligence to be gathered as the fishermen and German crews often engaged in conversation. As the war drew, some smacks were armed in order to defend the others and this led to many heroic encounters including that of the vessel, Nelson, and the death of its skipper, Tom Crisp on 15 August 1917. Crisp was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

The author’s interest in Lowestoft’s fishing industry came from his father George who regaled him of stories of his father, George Francis, the last of the family’s driftnet fishermen following a tradition that can be traced back to the 1850s. George Francis had married Barbara Isbister a ‘fishergirl’ from Shetland deepening the family’s historical links to the fishing industry. Mr. Curtis came across the transcripts while researching his family history.

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Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk

A new publication from Poppyland Publishing
RRP £9.95

Available from 17th December 2017.

Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk is published on behalf of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society. With the subtitle Female Voices across Time it is both a record of the conference in November 2017 which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Society and a collection of essays about significant women from King's Lynn's past and essays by current female contributors to the Society.

There are at least fifty local history societies across Norfolk, all delving into the heritage of their local communities. King's Lynn and West Norfolk is one of the largest and has carried out much documentary research and practical archaeology over its half century. Members of the Society have discovered and recorded key historic sites in west Norfolk, such as the Saxo-Norman pottery kilns at Pott Row, Grimston, the later Neolithic enclosure at Redgate Hill,Hunstanton and multi period sites in Shouldham. Editor Clive Bond's decision to focus entirely on female subject matter and contributions marks the significant shift in gender balance in historical and archaeological research

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Echoes of History: Poppyland 1883-1914

A new publication from Poppyland Publishing
RRP £11.95

Available from 17th November 2017.

Echoes of History delves into the story of Poppyland and the coining of that name for north Norfolk. Author David Thornton tells of the rich, the not so rich, the famous and the not so famous who made the journey to the area and so changed it as the 20th century began.

The author's account considers the families who were the 'aristocracy' of the Cromer area in the second half of the 19th century. He introduces the Gurneys, the Barclays and the Hoares, together with miller Jermy and his daughter Louie who would find fame as the 'Maid of the Mill'. Into their world came Clement Scott, renowned by some and reviled by others, as the theatre critic and travel writer of the Telegraph newspaper. It was he who 'invented' the name 'Poppyland'. The events and changes that he brought about are to be seen in the buildings, the ladscape and the heritage of north Norfolk today and Echoes of History adds to our enjoyment and understanding of the area.

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