A selection of books from talented and wide-ranging authors from Norfolk. The county has a long association with literature and has been home to a number of hugely successful and important writers. The region's literary connections were recognised in 2012 when Norwich was awarded the title City of Literature by UNESCO, at that point only six other cities had received the honour (Reykjavik, Krakow, Iowa City, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Dublin).
Stephen Fry£25.00 £23.75
Step into Stephen Fry's bewitching retelling of the legend of Troy - a tale of love and war, passion and power - following his sensational bestsellers MYTHOS and HEROES 'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean.
'A hell of a read... more absorbing than most fiction I've read this year' Sunday Times She was 'The Angel of the Baths', the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that. In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined. Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world. 'One of our most accomplished novelists' Observer
Patrick Barkham£16.99 £16.14
'Entrancing... If ever there was a book to fuel the ecological interest of future generations, this is it. An inspiration for parents, grandparents and teachers, it is equally about showing adults how to recover their own joie de vivre' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding From climbing trees and making dens, to building sandcastles and pond-dipping, many of the activities we associate with a happy childhood take place outdoors.
Philip Pullman and Tom Duxbury£7.99 £7.59
Don't miss the second series of His Dark Materials on BBC One this November.**A brand new short story set in the world of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust by master storyteller, Philip Pullman. Serpentine is a perfect gift for every Pullman fan, new and old. 'Lyra Silvertongue, you're very welcome .
Anna Sewell£7.99 £7.59
Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty.
Dr Jess French and Eefje Kuijl£6.99 £6.64
It's a spider monkey's birthday and every animal in the rainforest is invited to her party. But that means there's some seriously speedy planning needed to make sure it's a celebration to remember. Monkey rushes through the jungle to get the special cake, funky band and colourful decorations she needs, but nothing seems to be going right. That's until she meets a super-chilled sloth, who teaches her how to slow down and really look at, listen to and experience the vivid world around her in a much more mindful manner. The rhyming text, set to a jumping, jungle beat, is written by Jess French, TV presenter, vet and conservationist, and is brought to life with beautiful illustrations by picture book talent, Eefje Kuijl. This colourful picture book also includes a charming info-spread on the animals featured and mindful tips for parents and children.
'Not all Essex girls are party girls. They can be sages, martyrs, leaders. In her neat and provocative little book, Sarah Perry celebrates their courage and vivacity.' Hilary MantelA defence and celebration of the Essex Girl by the best-selling author of The Essex Serpent Essex Girls are disreputable, disrespectful and disobedient.
Emma Healey£9.99 £9.49
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award Shortlisted for National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book Shortlisted for National Book Awards New Writer of the Year Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize Longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 'A thrillingly assured, haunting and unsettling novel, I read it at a gulp' Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'Elizabeth Is Missing will stir and shake you: the most likeably unreliable of narrators, real mystery at its compassionate core...' Emma Donoghue, author of Room 'Resembling a version of Memento written by Alan Bennett' Daily Telegraph' One of those mythical beasts, the book you cannot put down' Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters Club' Every bit as compelling as the frenzied hype suggests. Gripping, haunting' Observer
Richard Lambert£8.99 £8.54
'Compelling debut. Introduces a significant new voice--has something of the shock effect of Piers Torday's There May Be a Castle and the raw force of Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls.' SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK.'An astonishing exploration of grief and love and wildness.' Hilary McKay. A tale of loss that is also a gripping thriller, a realistic study of grief that skirts the margins of fantasy, it walks wolf-like between worlds and genres.
Beyond the Secret Garden: The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (with a Foreword by Jacqueline Wilson)
Ann Thwaite£9.99 £9.49
The definitive and revealing biography of the author of The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favourite theme in her fiction was the reversal of fortune, and she herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated with her family to Tennessee because of the financial problems caused by the cotton famine. From a young age she published her stories to help the family make ends meet. Only after she married did she publish Little Lord Fauntleroy that shot her into literary stardom. On the surface, Frances' life was extremely successful: hosting regular literary salons in her home and travelling frequently between properties in the UK and America. But behind the colourful personal and social life, she was a complex and contradictory character. She lost both parents by her twenty-first birthday, Henry James called her "the most heavenly of women" although avoided her; prominent people admired her and there were many friendships as well as an ill-advised marriage to a much younger man that ended in heartache. Her success was punctuated by periods of depression, in one instance brought on by the tragic loss of her eldest son to consumption. Ann Thwaite creates a sympathetic but balanced and eye-opening biography of the woman who has enchanted numerous generations of children.
Julian of Norwich£12.49 £11.86
Norfolk has been associated with literature as far back as the 13th century, with Norwich being the home of Julian of Norwich, credited with being the first woman to have her book, “The Revelations of Divine Love”, published in the English language