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Win a copy of Tell me about the Farm Grandad, a 1960's Norfolk Childhood

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All Things Norfolk has teamed up with Norwich publisher Paul Dickson Books to give you a chance of winning a copy of Tell me about the Farm Grandad, a 1960's Norfolk childhood by Aylsham resident Janet Collingsworth

Born in the late 1950s, Janet grew up in Norwich with her Mum and Dad and younger sister Wendy. In her delightful memoir enjoy the happy times spent with Grandparents in Corpusty exploring the village, learning about the natural world, popping into the village shops and post office, meeting village characters and a whole array of Great Aunts and Uncles, who were always good for half-a-crown or a bag of sweets.

There are summer holiday adventures the length and breadth of Great Britain, days out to Yarmouth, picnics in Chapelfield Gardens, rounded off with chocolate misshapes from Caley Mackintosh, plus a memorable school trip to Belgium and the mysteries of the 11 Plus.

Explore a gentler era, with traditional family gatherings for birthdays, Bonfire Night and Christmas, when Harold Wilson's 'white heat of technology' was yet to arrive in Norfolk. 

I never intended to write a book. It began as a short story, but I soon realised that I had so much material and that my Grandparent's and Mum and Dad's stories would be lost if I didn't write more. It flowed from there. I can't quite believe that the book has been published. It is very exciting to see my memoirs in print." Janet Collingsworth.

This book is a fascinating insight into our childhood, evoking memories of events I had completely forgotten. It is a joy to read, in fact I couldn’t put it down. How the world has changed since the times we enjoyed such simple pleasures.” Wendy Reynolds – Janet's sister.

"Jan's first book is an absolute joy to read." Derek James, Eastern Daily Press

To be in with chance of winning one of five copies please e-mail the answer to the following question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Which Norfolk village did Janet's Grandparents live in? 

Congratulations to Teresa A of Norwich, Rachel B of Dereham, Kay G of Norwich, Pat W of Briston and William J of Redcar who were winners of this competition

Please put "Tell me about the Farm Grandad competition" in the title of the e-mail and include your name and address along with the answer to the question in your e-mail. The competition closes at 6pm on Saturday 27th November 2021 and the winners will be the first five correct names drawn out of the hat by the All Things Norfolk Team after the competition deadline. The winners will be notified by e-mail and only 1 entry per person, no cash equivalent.

Tell me about the Farm Grandad along with other fabulous local books published by Paul Dickson Books can be purchaseds from their store in the All Things Norfolk Shop by clicking here

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