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Books set in Norfolk please

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Just booked our summer holiday in Norfolk, never been so looking for fiction set there please.
Tia x

GeorginaWorsley Mon 30-Dec-13 22:06:51

Jim Kelly writes detective series set in Norfolk
Pula the Philip Dryden series set in the Fens.
I read a brilliant book called Seldom Seen by Sarah ??
Set in Suffolk in 1980s.
Also Rachel Hore sets some of hers in Norfolk/Suffolk I think.

Thanks for all these! I've just read The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss which is partly in Norfolk but could be anywhere really. It's an absolute hoot though.grin

I wonder if any of Stephen Fry's books are

Apparently The Hippopotamus is

marssparklesdownonme Thu 02-Jan-14 19:25:37

Yes Future Homemakers of America is one of my favourites too.It made me cry. I live in the area its written about ,I don't know if that makes it more poignant to me.

curlew Thu 02-Jan-14 19:28:37

PD James has a couple set in Norfolk- can't remember which though.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 03-Jan-14 14:06:07

Following on from a previous thread, the Chris Crowther books are gentle detective stories, set on the Broads. They aren't available generally, but you can get them from his website, and a lot of the touristy shops around the broads stock them. We've bought all of ours from Lathams in Potter Heigham. There's a new one out this spring/summer, it'll be the fifth, I think.

Quoteunquote Fri 03-Jan-14 14:08:58

Cry of the bittern radio play, I bet you can down load it somewhere.

MyMiddleNameIsLaura Mon 06-Jan-14 22:25:54

Some of Emma Freud's books are set in Suffolk - in particular Walberswick.

For Kings Lynn locals such as myself there are a couple of crime fiction books by local author (and my acquaintance) Ken Ward on amazon. Tower of Silence and One Good Shot I think from the top of my head.

Lomaamina Tue 07-Jan-14 21:06:02

Libby Purves has set a couple of her excellent novels there:

A Long Walk in Wintertime is highly recommended.

There's Sebald's The Emigrants, but not exactly a light holiday read grin

mimbleandlittlemy Wed 08-Jan-14 13:49:23

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom. Not read it yet myself as waiting for it to stop being a silly price for kindle and come to something more reasonable (like 99p...).

I believe it is set in Blakeney.

mackerella Wed 08-Jan-14 18:57:29

Oi, Georgina, Jim Kelly's Philip Dryden series - which is very good, btw - is set in Cambridgeshire, not Norfolk! <outraged Cantabrigian>

GeorginaWorsley Wed 08-Jan-14 21:38:13

Yes,meant his police procedural ones!
Dryden does venture into Norfolk though!

lljkk Wed 08-Jan-14 21:51:38

One of the original ACD Sherlock Holmes stories is set in Norfolk (Aylsham?). Topical & all. wink

mackerella Thu 09-Jan-14 01:19:33

grin Georgina

I didn't realise that Jim Kelly had written police procedurals as well. I'll have to track those down - even if they are set in an inferior county Norfolk wink

GeorginaWorsley Thu 09-Jan-14 22:19:45

I love Jim Kelly's books mac grin

januarysunsetfire Fri 10-Jan-14 22:39:53

Weirdo - Cathy Unsworth - is set in Great Yarmouth smile

penguinpaperback Sat 11-Jan-14 23:15:32

It was Sarah Ridgard who wrote Seldom Seen and I agree it's a brilliant book. The Norfolk Parson James Woodforde's Diary is a good read if you enjoy history. He lived 1740-1803. And staying in the past there's Harriet Martineau and the Paston letters from the Norfolk family gentry.
Happy Holiday. smile

penguinpaperback Sat 11-Jan-14 23:19:54

Oh sorry, reading again I see you are looking for fiction. flowers
I'll sort out the weather here for you instead. smile

ChocolateWombat Mon 02-Jun-14 15:05:05

There are the Arthur Ransome ones which are set on the Broads. They are called COOT CLUB and THE BIG SIX.
Great to read if you are stayi g on the broads.

Morgause Mon 02-Jun-14 15:10:06

Inspector Gently novels were originally set in Norfolk.

OnTheHuh Wed 11-Jun-14 20:11:02

Rafaella Barker is a Norfolk based author and some of here books are inspired by Norfolk and I think set there too.

Roger Deakin, the nature writer has written about Norfolk.

Emma Healey the author of 'Elizabeth is Missing' lives in Norwich.

LESuffolk&Norfolk Wed 11-Jun-14 20:35:09

Twitter people have suggested 'Salt' by Jeremy Page, set in the Norfolk marshes.

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