Topic: A Forum Library

billmaxted    -- Dec-6-2013 @ 8:06 PM
  A Forum Library:

I have been trying to get this posting together for a considerable time
but each time I thought I had got there something happened and
events overtook me.  The most recent attempt has not only been
prompted by the time of year but also because I heard that two new
Broads Books are due out in March and May 2014.

I was thinking that this particular posting would be simply a
bibliography and that I would preface each book that I mentioned,
with a reference number of my initials and a consecutive number so
that if you want to make a comment about a particular book you have
something to refer to and use as a short title at the beginning of your
posting.  If you have other suggestions, just post on this thread using
a introductory title of your own initials and a number.  I will do my
best to update the bibliography as time goes by to include your

The library list, so far, is:

WJM01   The Broads: The Biography.
               Pete Goodrum.  Amberley Publishing 2014
                ISBN10 1445613190
                ISBN13  978 1445613192
(To be published in March 2014)
WJM02   The Nature of Landscape: Cultural geography on the
Norfolk broads.
                 David Matless.  Wiley, Blackwell 2014
                 ISBN10 1405190825
                 ISBN13  978 1405190824
(To be published in May 2014)

WJM03   The Coot Club.
                Arthur Ransome.  Vintage reprint 1982.
                ISBN  978 0224606356

WJM04   The Big Six.
                Arthur Ransome.  Vintage reprint 1982.

WJM05    Arthur Ransome on the Broads.
                 Roger Wardale

WJM06   The Broads through time.
                David Holmes.  Amberley Publishing 2009

WJM07   Norwich And It’s Region.  
               Ed. Frank Briers.  British Association 1961

WJM08   Sky High Norfolk Broads- an aerial journey.

WJM09   Broadland Suspense ‘The Blue Lady’.

WJM10   The man who found The Broads – A biography of George
Christopher Davies.
                James Oliver Campell and Cliff Middleton.   Hamilton
                Publications 1999.
                 ISBN 0903094 07 X

WJM11   Let’s be Broadminded.
               Dennis Rooke.  Blakes  1950

WJM12  The art of course sailing.
               Micheal Green

WJM13   Black Sail Traders.
                Roy Clarke

WJM14   Waterproof.
               Chris Crowther.  Hamilton’s Publications 2007
                ISBN  978 0 903094 23

WJM15   Still Waters.  
                Chris Crowther. Hamilton’s Publications 2009
                 ISBN 978 0 903094 24 5

WJM16   The Water Frolic.  
                Chris Crowther.  Hamilton’s Publications 2010
                 ISBN  978 903094 26 9

WJM17   Water under the Bridge.
                Chris Crowther  Hamilton’s Publications  2012
                 ISBN  978 0903094 27 6

WJM18   The Brown Boats.
                Charles Goodsey

WJM19   The Broads.

WJM20   Norfolk Broads – The golden Years.
                Philippa Miller.  Halsgrove – 2008
                ISBN 978 1 84114 702 4

WJM21   A Rum Owd Dew.
                Charlie Haylock.  Countryside Books 2006
                ISBN  978 1 84674 0107

WJM22   Standing up to Hitler.
                Adrian Hoare.   Geo. R. Reeve, 1997
                                         Countryside Books 2002
                 ISBN   185306 722 9

WJM23   A century of Broadland Cruising.
                Charles Goodey.  J. Loynes and Sons 1978

WJM24   The Norfolk Broads Holiday Book and Pocket Guide.
                John May.  Hulton Press 1952

WJM25   The Elanco Story.
                John Yaxley.  Priory Books 1998
                 ISBN  0953439 0 5

WJM26   Norwich and the Broads.
                Walter Jerrold.  Blackie and Son (C. 1910)

WJM27   Wherries and Waterways.
                Robert Malster.  Terence Dalton 1971
                 ISBN 900963 30 1

WJM28   Broadly Norfolk.
                Wendy Webb.  Wendy Webb Books 2000

WJM29   The Broads.
                Robert Malster.  Phillimore 1993
                ISBN  085033 860 3
WJM30  The Broads Through Time.
               David Holmes.  Amberley Publishing 2009

WJM31   The Life of Arthur H Patterson.
                Stanley A Manning.  Soman – Wherry Press 1948

WJM32   The Land of the Broads.
                Ernest R Suffling.  Benjamin Perry  1872

WJM33   The Norfolk Broads
                William Dutt.

WJM34   Norfolk Broads in old Photographs.
                David Holmes.

WJM35   How Hill, Heart of the Broads.
                David Holmes

WJM36   A Broad Experience, diary of a Norfolk broads hirefleet.

WJM37   Back to the Broads.
                David Holmes

WJM38   The Broads Waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk.
                John Gibbs

WJM39   A broads Eye View.
                Mike Page and Pauline Young.  Halsgrove 2005
                ISBN 1 84114 447 9

WJM40   Broad Norfolk.
                Jonathan Mardle  and Jack Lee.  Wensum Books
                 ISBN 0 90361 07 5

WJM41   Sky High Norfolk Broads
                Mike Page.

WJM42   Broad smiles.
                Keith Skipper

WJM43    The Cruise of the Clipper: A story of the Norfolk broads.
                 Morgan Derham & L F Lupton.

WJM45   Norfolk Broads, Photographic Memories
                Francis Firth.

WJM46   The World of Arthur Ransome
                Christina Hardyment.

WJM47   Still Waters (Photographs of The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads)

WJM48   The Landuse, ecology and conservation of Broadland.
                Martin George.

WJM49   The Art of Course Sailing.
                Michael Green.

WJM50   The Norfolk Broads: a Landscape history.
                Tom Williamson.  Manchester University Press  1997.
                 ISBN10 0719048001
                 ISBN13 978 0719048005

WJM51   Keith Skipper’s Norfolk Diaries.
                Keith Skipper. Halsgrove.  2005
                ISBN  1 84114 438 X

WJM52    Keith Skipper’s Bumper Book of Squit.
                 Keith Skipper.  Halsgrove 2006
                 ISBN  1184 1145 653
                            978 818 41145 655
WJM53   Broadsmanship.
                Richard Simpkin

WJM54   Death Under Sail.

(Listing updated as of 8/12/13)

No edit, just made 'sticky' - John

This message was edited by Dibbler on Jan-17-14 @ 7:57 PM

Mercator    -- Dec-6-2013 @ 8:59 PM
  Looks like the beginnings of an excellent 'ready reference' - maybe worth the Mods considering making it a 'sticky' ( ? ).

From someone still with much to learn about The Broads may I for one thank you for your time and effort to-date, Bill  Smile



Steve & Maggie.

Magellan (Westward 38)

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

Dibbler    -- Dec-6-2013 @ 8:59 PM
  Bill, I thought it might help if this thread was made ' sticky' so that it stays near the top of the listings.


Dibbler    -- Dec-6-2013 @ 9:04 PM
  Looks like our posts crossed, Steve. LOL


Mercator    -- Dec-6-2013 @ 9:17 PM
  Smile  Great minds etc., etc.  Cheers

Steve & Maggie.

Magellan (Westward 38)

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

Pauline&Phill    -- Dec-6-2013 @ 10:03 PM
  Great list Bill Smile

Best wishes,


Once we were Rondonay, now we
are simply Brilliant!

Bittern Code 65

billmaxted    -- Dec-8-2013 @ 6:31 PM
  I've posted about 50 titles and I know that many of the older hands know many of them well, so how about some reviews for the benefit of newer members.  If you mention the code I've given them, it may help track down enough detail for Santa to do his job   Smile

Happy to add to the list and include more detail when time permits.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

PizzaLover    -- Jan-3-2014 @ 1:00 PM
  WJM09   Broadland Suspense ‘The Blue Lady’.

Truly awful.

A bunch of "mates" take an painfully long time to hire a boat and encounter an improbable bunch of "bad guys" in an implausible adventure. Along the way they meet a variety of beautiful ladies and partake in excruciating flirt dialogue with them.
The writing style is childish.
The characters are flat and unbelievable stereotypes.
The plot is tortuous.

£1.90 (Kindle) is £1.90 too much.

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Pauline&Phill    -- Jan-3-2014 @ 3:25 PM
  WJM 55 , Blood Red Snow White, Marcus Sedgwick, Pub Orion 2007
This is a fascinating book for all the Arthur Ransome fans. Not Broads based but a re telling in the style of AR of the Russian Revolution and his escape from death with Evgeyna at his side. Brilliant!

Best wishes,


Once we were Rondonay, now we
are simply Brilliant!

Bittern Code 65

bearwoman12    -- Jan-17-2014 @ 7:45 PM
  :) hi bill i'm just in the process of reading the last
book so far of chris crowther, & they've all been a
brilliant read, thouroughly enjoyed reading them, & ive
heard a whisper that chris is suppose to be bringing out
another book called murky waters, in the summer  i shall
look forward to that, lori  Wink

i left my heart in norfolk

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Keif'smate    -- Jan-20-2014 @ 11:48 PM
  I was going to donate my Library, but I still have two books left to colour in!

billmaxted    -- Sep-9-2014 @ 3:02 PM
  What happened about "Murcky Waters"?

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

ncsl    -- Sep-9-2014 @ 3:11 PM
  Murky Waters - it is on sale now Bill.
With a lovely photo cover too by ?  ! ! ! !    Evil Grin

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BuffaloBill    -- Sep-9-2014 @ 4:09 PM
  ....and a cracking read it is too!
Probably the best book so far. Cool Indifference

The older I get...
The better I was....!!

johnm    -- Sep-9-2014 @ 4:33 PM
With a lovely photo cover too by ?

It's some Lord or something isn't it? Hang on, I'll get it in a minute....



Is it Snowdon?

Evil Grin




ncsl    -- Sep-9-2014 @ 5:02 PM
  ROFL John  Smile

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Mercator    -- Sep-9-2014 @ 5:05 PM
I am half way though MW , it is a very good read, left it on the boat so cannot read any more til Friday  Frown


Steve & Maggie.

Magellan (Westward 38)

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

uitmis    -- Jul-2-2016 @ 12:27 AM
  WJM14   Waterproof. Chris Crowther.  
                ISBN  978 0 903094 23

Pretty thin story with hopelessly stereotyped characters.  A couple of quite atmospheric descriptions of the scenery, but on the whole not worth buying.

grounded    -- Mar-20-2020 @ 7:53 PM
  I am at present about half way through "The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads" by Robert Maltster. Pub. Phillimore& Co., 2003. ISBN 9781860775093.
Not always the easiest read but an extremely interesting and absorbing history of the Broads, its landscapes and people. Lots of fascinating old photographs.
If we come through the other side of this into a familiar world, I shall be happy to bring it with me to donate when we come over in 2021.

"Its a mystery to me"

Marshman    -- Mar-21-2020 @ 9:19 AM
  Robert Maltster also wrote "Wherries and Waterways, another good read about the area. Still available from places like Abe Books.

flash    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 9:48 AM
  My lovely partner has just given me for a birthday present the six novels based on and around the Norfolk Broads by David Blake. Going to have my nose in the books for some time. Sure I'm in line for a good read let me know?


TerryTibbs    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 12:02 PM
  I wouldn't waste your time Flash, factually inaccurate in so many ways re locations, Police, time/distance lines etc and plots as lean as wafer thin ham. There are a host of similar book series around, one set based in North Norfolk, another in Snowdonia and yet another in Cumbria, they are all very similar in content with the only thing that distinguishes one set from the others are the place names, if Mr Blake has ever actually been to Norfolk he has failed to take on board any actual facts about the place, a few of his more glaring errors include, calling riverside footpaths Towpaths, having the Norfolk Police issuing parking tickets to boats moored on private land and having Wroxham Police Station housing dozens of Police officers with it's own Murder squad. The errors are legion the writing poor, but don't let me put you off.;)


if it is to be it is up to me.

flash    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 12:07 PM
  Ouch, I have 6 to work my way through!!


TerryTibbs    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 12:09 PM
  There not that bad as a night time easy read but if you are like me the inaccuracies will wind you up Smile  enjoy


p.s. I have read all 6 lol

if it is to be it is up to me.

aboattime    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 2:05 PM
  Weve read all of his books and really enjoyed them. Not sure it matters if there not factual,the stories will keep you on the edge of your seat,enjoy!

kindest regards

Kevin Cook

Dreamer    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 3:13 PM
  They are fictional after all! True, if you know the Broads well enough there are things that will wind you up but the stories are ok and easy going.

TerryTibbs    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 5:13 PM
  “OK and easy going” about sums them up, as for keeping you on the edge of your seat, I’m not sure, the plots are easily seen through. As I said it’ a generic police story that could be set anywhere but the writer has chosen The Broads to appeal to those of us who love the area, having done that he should try to get his geographical and operational details right. If you want to read a similar series but set in Northumberland try the DCI Ryan mysteries written by LJ Ross, well written and well researched  by someone who has bothered to check their facts.


if it is to be it is up to me.

aboattime    -- Oct-12-2021 @ 5:54 PM
  As Dreamer said,couldnt agree more, each to there own.

kindest regards

Kevin Cook

flash    -- Oct-13-2021 @ 8:04 AM
  Give me time, but will post my naive thoughts on the read.


Paulnoonan    -- Jan-2-2022 @ 12:48 PM
  I have read all 6 books, yes there are inaccuracies with locations, distances etc, but I still enjoyed them.

Kindest Regards
Paul Noonan

JollyRodger    -- Jan-2-2022 @ 2:27 PM
  I agree with Mr Tibbs on this one. My own description would include the word 'shallow', and I don't mean the water! Mind you, I have only read one of the six books, that was out of curiosity as so many people rate the author. It was in the 50p dump basket by the door of a local charity shop. Each to their own though, I understand that there are people who actually like Strictly!!

Jolly Roger

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