Two Points East – A view of Maritime Norfolk

Two Points East - A View of Maritime Norfolk Cover

Judith Ellis has recently written and illustrated a book on maritime Norfolk and is currently working towards publishing a similar volume on Suffolk, which is due for publication in 2018.

Have you ever wondered just what was the Hanseatic League? Or what exactly is the difference between a kipper and a bloater? How do you make malt and how do eels get to the Sargasso Sea to breed? The answers to some of these questions can be found in this engaging new book.

Spanning the period from the Anglo-Saxons to the coming of the railway, it is about the boats, the fishing and some of the lives lived on the North Sea coast of Norfolk, from the once world famous herring fishery in Great Yarmouth to the extraordinary rescues of Cromer’s famous lifeboat man Henry Blogg.

Illustrated throughout with Judith’s sketches, painted maps add clarity to the text and red herrings appear all through the pages flagging up interesting facts and generally looking cheerful.

£16.50

About the Book

Have you ever wondered just what was the Hanseatic League?, How malt was made, or how eels get to the Sargasso Sea? The answers to these and many other questions will be found in this book.

Spanning the period from the Anglo-Saxons to the coming of the railway, two Points East is about the boats, the fishing and some of the lives lived on the North sea coast of Norfolk, from the once world-famous herring fishery in Great Yarmouth to the extraordinary rescues of Cromer’s famous lifeboatman Henry Blogg.

Judith Ellis lives in Norfolk with an insatiable curiosity and some very fine memories of sailing off the East Anglian coast. A lifelong interest in traditional boats combined with a love of history and sketching has found expression in this book.

Extract from the book

If you stand on the cliffs at Cromer and look northwards you are facing the Arctic. If you were to travel in a straight line just to the east of the Greenwich Meridien, you would pass beyond the North Sea into the North Atlantic, passing Shetland on your left and Bergen in southern Norway on your right, and you might just catch a glimpse of Iceland far away to your left. To travel with a little more easting would bring you to the Netherlands, northern Germany and Denmark. Entering the water between Denmark and Sweden, the Skagerrak, would bring you to the Baltic Sea connecting you with Sweden, Eastern Europe and Russia.

There was a time not too long ago, when these waters were the workplace for fishermen and sailors from the East Anglian coast and sea travel was faster and safer than journeys overland. To these men the sea was not a barrier but a source of food and a means of transport…

The author lives in Norfolk with a small hairy dog, an insatiable curiosity and some very fine memories of sailing off the East Anglian coast.

A life-long interest in traditional boats combined with a love of history and sketching has found expression in this unusual book.

Reviews

“This enchanting book”

Liz Calder, Full Circle Press

“Two Points East is the most beautiful book I own, with your artist’s eye, design and unambiguous presentation of information. I learned so much. Congratulations on creating such a marvellous book”

“Your book is an absolute gem”

Jenny Wilson, editor

“Beautifully written, illustrated and researched”