If one of those rainy days is predicted, dawn to dusk precipitation, what booksbetter way to pass the time (whether visiting or residing) by simply curling up with a good book.

Visit a library and the fun begins just looking and choosing. Perhaps peruse the periodicals or pick up leaflets of good intentions – winter courses to join.  And so to the books. When at Uni, the length and depth of our reading lists were rightfully scary.  I always chose one ‘treat’ book per pile and a coffee table picture book to inspire. ‘Dress and Ethnicity’ I remember well, a random choice; such costumes, such culture, such style. So how about gardening? Just to cultivate ideas? Delicious recipes; culinary, cooking, curry anyone?

Richard Scott book pressStoryteller graffiti, Children's book centre, Aldborough, Anyone can show you the moon, a storyteller can take you thereAre you an ‘Our Norfolk’ resident?  Join a library on your next rainy day and rent DVDs, CDs or borrow any book county-wide, they’ll alert you by phone, post or email. Visiting? Ask to become part of the ‘Adult Lite’ service and borrow whilst you stay. Second-hand browsing more your thing? Georgian Holt has many including the enigmatic Richard Scott Antiques (see his Rainy Day article). A couple of years ago he had (and may still have) a Georgian book press, used to compress uncut books so you could ‘slice’ each page free as you read. Then there’s St Giles Norwich, Blickling Hall and Book Fairs at Blakeney. Those interested in history, including Norfolk history should seek out specialists Mick and Eleanor Finn at Jackdaw Books based in Holt.

graffiti childrens book centre, AldboroughSomething truly magical? Head to ‘The Children’s Book Centre’ at Alby (near Aylsham) a bookshop built in a garden. The obligatory ritual of visiting authors signing the walls will hold your attention as you enter. How many thousand books? Thirty? Fifty? Run by Marylin, an ex children’s librarian, her stock comprises old favourites, new releases and course material for teachers. Complimentary beverages and free wifi whilst you browse. Many initiatives can be found on her website including schools library support, teacher training, story and author visits to schools and a book saving scheme. On our visit, Tintin was a possibility, Paddington a must.
We have since acquired a Tintin poster.

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2 Responses to Curl up with a classic

  1. Sarah Oakland says:

    Support our local bookshops in Cromer, Holt, Sheringham as well as other locations.
    Search for titles that will give you a taste of what’s at the heart of the Norfolk character and landscape. Second hand bookshops (Bookworm and Much Binding in Cromer) richly repay time spent browsing.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Book stall on Norwich market also contains lots of local publications.

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