Welcome to Books at Larks Press
Larks Press began in 1985 as a venture to occupy a handicapped son. I bought a small letterpress machine and printed letterheads and business cards and progressed to small hand-set books, chiefly related to local history, cricket and music. My son did the typesetting and I did the justification and printing. The Siege of King’s Lynn, The Song o’ Sorlomun and Wilderness Walks were all originally set in this way, but of course this was not a viable process for commercial success!
So we progressed to setting on the computer and having larger print-runs, printed mainly by the Lanceni Press in Fakenham (now Newprint and Design). Manuscripts began to flow in from authors on local subjects such as place-names and wartime airfields, personal memoirs of life in Norfolk during a rapidly changing era, and pocket biographies of local worthies from Nelson to Elizabeth Fry and Queen Alexandra. Our latest book is our 160th publication and our reproductions, in book form, of historic maps of Norfolk and Suffolk have been in print for many years.
All our books are about aspects of life in Norfolk and Suffolk over many centuries. Twentieth century memoirs, such as ‘Is this you, Nurse?’ and ‘The Seventeenth Child’ have a special value, containing material that would otherwise be lost and forgotten. We have also put back into print four of the novels of Mary E. Mann and a collection of her much-praised short stories.