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.


Tide Tables 2019

For 2019 Bittern Books have taken over the publication of Tide Table booklets previously published by Linden Crescent Marketing.  This year we are publishing two separate booklets: Norfolk Tide Tables 2019 (including Lowestoft)ISBN 978-1-9993184-0-6 £2.99 32 pages 170×105 Includes tables for: Hunstanton, Blakeney Bar, Wells Bar, Cromer, Gorleston and Lowestoft. Also adjustments for many locations …


It’s well past time for an update here.  We’ve had a really busy couple of months, first building a store room and transferring all the stock, then a rush of demand in our first month, especially for maps.  It’s all been very encouraging but has left little time for social networking! One of our initial …


As of this week we have officially taken over Linden Crescent Marketing’s book distribution business. There has been a lot of work already to get to our present state, and special thanks are due to Tony Baker for his support and help with the transfer, and to Tim for all the hard work he’s been …