Latest Suffolk reads

PUBLISHED: 10:58 22 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:55 20 February 2013

Latest Suffolk reads

Latest Suffolk reads

A look at some new titles all with a local flavour

A look at some new titles, all with a local flavour

Thank You, Hermann Goering: The Life of a Sports Writer by Brian Scovell (Amberley, 20)
Former Daily Mail sportswriter Scovell is a much-travelled journalist who has covered his fair share of Ipswich Town matches and he devotes a chapter to the clubs colourful owners, the Cobbold brothers in this busy book. Elsewhere there is much about English cricket the writers first love and insights into the workings and politics of national newspapers, including some of the authors running feuds with editors. An index would have helped, such is the amount of information crammed into the 280 or so pages, but there are still plenty of nuggets for sports fans. RB

Cosy in the Winter: A History of Shingle Street by Sarah Margittai
(self published ISBN 978-1-905291-28-10)
Large format softback book on this bleakest but still interesting part of the Suffolk coast, containing maps and some old black and white images. Timelines and census returns make it rather a stilted read for anyone not immersed in the area. RB

The Official Ipswich Town Football Club Quiz Book complied by Chris Cowlin (Apex, 9.99)
Fancy yourself as a true Blues fan? This book will really put your knowledge to the test with hundreds of questions on players, competitions, managers and the clubs history in general. An ideal read for those long away trips.

Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life (Summerhouse, 9.99)
A good, well-observed read for all those allotment keepers out there and we know there are many in Suffolk. When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards self-sufficiency. Instead, she finds herself in a strange world of arcane rules and regulations, and hose-pipe standoffs. Its not always The Good Life. After a rocky start, she finds her mud-caked Wellingtoned feet and successfully navigates her way through allotment-keeping; battling Biblical scale pest invasions; learning the dark arts of the competitive vegetable grower, practising ninja-like disappearing acts to avoid yet another free cucumber from a neighbour; and learning what to do with an over-achieving courgette patch.

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