Bittern Books is primarily a wholesale business, distributing books and maps to retail outlets throughout East Anglia.

We specialise in local interest books, local authors, maps and guide books, distributing to bookshops and all kinds of retail outlets throughout the region. We deal with any retail business, however small and our field sales representative will be happy to call on you and recommend a range that will suit your situation.

Bittern Books has a close relationship with Poppyland Publishing, for whom we provide retail distribution.  Full details of all their books can be found on their own website.

What’s Happening

Bittern Books is now fully operational.  We can take orders by email or over the phone, or our sales rep can call on you to help you select the right products.

This website is under development, but will provide a place where we can keep customers and suppliers up to date with what we are doing.

Our goal is to provide details of all our books on the website, and develop a web based ordering system.  But, don’t worry, we intend to continue to have a sales rep who will call on customers every 6-8 weeks to make sure your shelves are well stocked.

We are currently working on producing a full printed catalogue of our product range for release in early 2019.  We are also working on an online catalogue which is operational on a trial basis.

About Us

Bittern Books is a division of Unilake Ltd, a private company owned and run by Steve and Liz Haines.  For the last 15 years we have been running Coltishall Post Office and Stores and, in a small way, a seller of local interest and tourist books.

In 2018, when Tony Baker, of Linden Crescent Marketing told us he was retiring and running down his business we decided to set up Bittern Books to distribute books and maps to retail outlets in East Anglia.  The book distribution part of his business was originally started by another subpostmaster, Owen Church, in Hemsby, Norfolk as 3C Books.  Tony took it over six years ago and developed it further.

Steve has a background in IT and business management and intends to use his skills to create an efficient and service oriented business.  His retail experience will be focused on finding products that will sell in your shop, not just fill shelves, and providing recommended ranges for all types of outlet.


Lasse Press

We are delighted to be able to bring you a wonderful range of books from Lasse Press, a Norwich based publisher with some lovely East Anglian books, including some Norwich best sellers.  You can download their full catalogue but here are a few of their books that we hold in stock – all of the others are …

New from Poppyland

On the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Norwich branch of Independent Labour Party, Frank Meeres’ latest book examines the life of one of Norwich’s early socialist pioneers. Born in Chedgrave in 1868, the son of a shoemaker, George Roberts became the first Labour party MP in East Anglia. He rose to become the party’s Chief …


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