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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Norfolk Children's Book Centre...

I can't believe I neglected to mention the highlight of our journey back to Luton (no, it wasn't the long queues on the A11 by Elveden!) We paid an almost-impromptu visit to the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, an unusual little building just off the road between Cromer and Norwich.

It's nothing like a normal bookshop - in fact, it's more akin to a library crossed with a second-hand record store, although its shelves were full of brand-new books organised by subject matter or age range along almost the accessible wall space. Some had been signed by their authors - and even more entertaining were the inscriptions by popular children's authors on the pale internal walls, with little messages written in marker pen to show they'd been there and enjoyed the experience.

We felt very welcome, even though we were the only visitors (given the sounds of packaging and tape emanating from a nearby room, I think they do quite a lot of mail deliveries) and Marilyn, the owner, is clearly passionate about the subject - "We're not interested in grown-up books!" she said to the children.

I would definitely recommend a visit if you're nearby - or even a look around their website: www.ncbc.co.uk. In many ways I wish I could pursue the same excellence and passion for a subject similarly close to my heart - it's a wonderful way to make a living!

Posted by james at October 31, 2010 9:02 PM

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