The following is a fictional account of a real incident recorded on page 207 of my book ‘Norfolk at War 1939-45’. A crashed German pilot tried to surrender in the dead of night at a remote Norfolk pub but was told to ‘Go away!’ by the landlord who did not realise what was happening. This story did not make it into the first edition of the book as it was written just after the proofs had been corrected. Here both men and maidens tended To the harsh and warlike needs, Of men who through the dark hours Flew their...Read More
Author: Stephen Browning
‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ by Stephen Browning. Pen and Sword, paperback, £12.99 Available in good bookshops, including Jarrold, Waterstones, leading independents and online at Amazon, Blackwells, Foyles, WH Smith and all usual suspects. TALKS… I have been talking about the book at History Societies, Norfolk Libraries and, a great first for me, at a Retirement Home. Future talks include to the Rotary Club and the Western Front Association. If your club or society would like me to come along, please do contact me as below. ‘Norwich in the Great War’ I have previously written ‘Norwich in the...Read More
DARKEST HOUR – FILM REVIEW Stephen Browning The final words of this amazing film stay with me. In the House of Commons, after the famous ‘We will fight them on the beaches’ speech and with the House cheering Churchill to the rafters, one man asks another ‘What has he just done?’. The reply, and last words of the film are ‘He has just mobilized the English Language and sent it into battle’. For lovers of the English Language like myself, Churchilll was – sorry still is – a magician. And he did just what the chap above said: as...Read More
A new book published 7 November 2018: NORFOLK AT WAR 1939-45 by Stephen Browning. It is a paperback from Pen and Sword: Priced at £12.99, it has 336 pages with over 300 illustrations. It traces the war, year on year, from the perspective of the people of Norfolk and will be available from Jarrold, Waterstones, City Books and bookshops all over the country as well as from the major internet sites such as Amazon. Here, in snippets from the book, are 20 facts that you may not know. 1. THE PRICE OF A HOUSE IN 1939 In 1939, if...Read More
Norfolk based author Stephen Browning talks about how his new book came about and some of the most interesting stories he unearthed while writing it. Present day photo: Daniel Tink This book came into being several years ago whilst having tea in the Britannia Café, Guildhall Hall, Norwich with my publisher. He had come down to experience the delights of Norwich for the first time and we had spent a windy couple of hours on and off the Norwich sightseeing bus. It was over tea in this lovely place that we realised that a study of the coastal towns...Read More
My Latest Book
This is the first study yet published to trace the history of Norwich and Norfolk from the time of earliest life to the outbreak of the First World War.