Nestling between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, Gorleston has been transformed over the years from a quiet fishing village to a delightful seaside holiday spot.
With such a long history, it’s no surprise that the village has inspired a wealth of books. With this in mind we’ve picked out the very best Gorleston books, so you can lose yourself in the history and unique atmosphere of this charming seaside spot.
Though there are some great local history books about Gorleston, Henry Sutton’s novel, Gorleston, really gets to the heart of the town, exploring the memories that underpin the life of Gorleston. A real literary must-have.
No.24 Air Sea Rescue Unit (24ASRU) of the Royal Air Force Marine Branch was responsible for one of the busiest stretches of water in the European theatre of war. Tony Overill’s Crash Boats of Gorleston: The Exploits of No.24 Air Sea Rescue Unit of the Royal Air Force During World War 2 tells the fascinating story of the crash boats and the brave men who sailed in them. For lovers of local or naval history, this is a real must-read, and one of the very best Gorleston books.
The East Coast is home to many dedicated volunteer lifeboat services, and Stephen Daniels’ Gorleston Volunteer Lifeboat: “Elizabeth Simpson” tells the story of one of the most celebrated vessels of all, Gorleston’s Elizabeth Simpson.
Gorleston and Yarmouth are known for their charming traditional pubs, and Colin Tooke’s Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Pubs (Images of England) is a wonderful chronicle of some of the best. Definitely one of the best Gorleston books to give as a gift.
Colin Tooke continues his stunning photographic tour of Gorleston with Southtown and Gorleston: At the Mouth of the Yare, which chronicles an underexplored yet fascinating aspect of Yarmouth and Gorleston.
Yarmouth and Gorleston have been transformed over the years thanks to the demands of fishing, commerce and tourism. Frank Meeres’ Yarmouth & Gorleston Through Time is the perfect way to explore the changes that have taken place, and makes a wonderful gift for anyone interested in the history of the area.