Robert Simper

Robert Simper’s home has always been in Suffolk.  He was born in Blaxhall, grew up in Bawdsey and has lived most of his life in Ramsholt.  He led a conventional farming life until he had a bad back injury and turned to writing as well as farming and sailing.  He is best known for his series of books about the rivers on the East Coast of England, but has written extensively on traditional work boats all over the world and in 2010 the World Ship Trust awarded him a citation ‘for many years of helping to record and preserve so much of the country’s vintage sailing craft’.

Robert has written over 40 books since his first in 1967.  Many are now out of print – those that Bittern still have are highlighted with links to the product page.

East Anglian Books

  • Over Snape Bridge (1967)
  • Woodbridge and Beyond (1972)
  • Suffolk Show (1981)
  • East Anglian Coast & Waterways (1985)
  • Suffolk Sandlings (1986)
  • Woodbridge: A Pictorial History (1995)
  • Suffolk: A Fine Farming County (2007)
  • Woodbridge to the Coast (2008)
  • Coastal Suffolk (2009)
  • Coastal Essex (2011)
  • Over Snape Bridge Revisited (2019)
 
Sail Books
  • East Coast Sail (1972)
  • Scottish Sail (1974)
  • North East Sail (1975)
  • Victorian and Edwardian Yachting (1978)
  • Gaff Sail (1979)
  • Sail on the Orwell (1982)
  • Sail: The Surviving Tradition (1984)
  • The Cambria Story (2012)
British Isles
  • British Sail (1977)
  • Britain’s Maritime Heritage (1982)
  • Beach Boats of Britain (1984)
English Estuaries Series
  • The River Deben (1992)
  • The River Orwell and the River Stour (1993)
  • Rivers Alde, Ore and Blyth (1994)
  • Essex Rivers and Creeks (1995)
  • Norfolk Rivers and Harbours (1996)
  • Thames Tideway (1997)
  • River Medway and The Swale (1998)
  • Rivers to the Fens (2000)
  • Up the River Deben (2006)
Autobiographical
  • In Search of Sail (1998)
  • Family Fields (1999)
  • Voyage Around East Anglia (2001)
  • Creekside Tales (2004)
  • The Best Crop (2014)
Coast in the Past
  • Forgotten Coast (2002)
  • Sunrise Coast (2002
  • The Lugger Coast (2003)
  • The Barge Coast of Suffolk, Essex and Kent (2007)
  • The Beachman’s Coast Suffolk (2015)

Books by Robert Simper

Thames Tideway
Thames Tideway

£16.95

The Cambria Story
The Cambria Story

£6.99

Over Snape Bridge Revisited
Over Snape Bridge Revisited

£8.99

Woodbridge to the Coast
Woodbridge to the Coast

£9.95

Sunrise Coast
Sunrise Coast

£14.95

Up the River Deben
Up the River Deben

£14.95

Forgotten Coast
Forgotten Coast

£14.95

Creekside Tales
Creekside Tales

£14.95

Coastal Essex
Coastal Essex

£14.95

Coastal Suffolk
Coastal Suffolk

£14.95

The Beachman's Coast
The Beachman's Coast Suffolk

£14.95

The Best Crop
The Best Crop

£6.99

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