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Norwich in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Social History Home Front in WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Stephen Browning
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 141
ISBN: 9781473828186
Published: 5th January 2016

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On the eve of the Great War, Norwich was very much a city on the rise – an industrial and commercial powerhouse. It was certainly not, however, without its problems, not least the extreme poverty of some areas, such as the notorious Norwich Yards.

This meticulously researched book looks at Norwich on the eve of conflict and charts, in detail, everyday life in the city, year on year, extensively drawing on original material from the period – much of it never before published in book form. It largely focuses on how it felt to live in the city: on the joys and trials, on the changes to people’s lives, on the courage and humour, as well as the pride and determination shown by the people of The Fine City. Both dramatic events and the details of daily life are illustrated by many rare and fascinating photographs taken at the time.

The massive contribution that Norwich's industry made to the war effort – especially in supplying hundreds of thousands of pairs of the perfect marching boot and in building the Sopwith Camel on Riverside – is celebrated. As are the incredible deeds of the heroes who travelled from Norwich to the fields of conflict, some of whom gained the Victoria Cross and the many more brave men who did not.

Usefully, an ‘At a Glance’ section outlines the main world events against which home life unfolded. It concludes with a view of the city as the surviving troops finally came home. A separate appendix gives the route for a fascinating 'Great War Walk' around the city centre, taking in many of the places discussed throughout this book.

As featured on RearParty

Rear Party, Jean Sinclair

All considered, an excellent book, with information about nationally important characters, as well as details for those resident in, or visiting, Norwich and around. I am leaving this book with friends, after reading while house and pet minding near Cromer, for use by adults and school age children.

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ARRSE - Jean Sinclair

I've chosen this Pen and Sword title as my history book of the month simply because Norwich is my local city and I know it well - but not as well as I thought, clearly! Stephen Browning uncovers many surprising and fascinating facts about the "fine city" of Norwich at the time of the outbreak of the First World War, and this is a superb example of one of Pen and Sword's very best series.

Books Monthly, May 2016 - Paul Norman

' This meticulously researched book look at Norwich on the outbreak of war and charts in detail everyday life in the city, extensively drawing on original material from the period – much of it never before published in book form.'

Suffolk & Norfolk Life

A sound introduction to the general reader

Lets Talk! - February 2016
 Stephen Browning

About Stephen Browning

Stephen Browning has written a series of books with Norfolk themes. Titles include Discover Norwich, Discover Norfolk – Land of Wide Skies, Spirit of Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk Food Heroes and Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path. He has also written The World of Charles Dickens. In Asia he has written several books aimed at helping young professionals with their English skills, two which have won top awards in Taiwan. Time permitting, he also enjoys writing features for Norfolk magazines and newspapers as well as detective stories.

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