Robert Simper’s Books

A few weeks ago I received a letter from Robert Simper, a well known local author in Suffolk.  Having lived in Woodbridge in the past and spent time sailing on the Deben, I knew of Robert’s books and even had one of them on my bookshelf.  What I wasn’t aware of was that he had been writing since 1967 and had published over 40 books in that time.

Robert is primarily a farmer who has lived in Suffolk all his life, but he also has a love of traditional boats and the Suffolk rivers, especially the Deben, which flows close by his home at Ramsholt.  He started writing when he had a back injury and was unable to work on the farm, and since 1967 has written a book every winter.  He has a talent for writing and telling stories of the rivers, the boats and the people who live and work around them.  Many of his books are about Suffolk, and especially the Deben, but he has also written about other coastal communities around the country.  In addition to writing, Robert is an excellent photographer, and many of the books contain lots of photographs he has taken over the years.

It was a pleasure to visit him a couple of weeks back and pick up some of the books he has in his store.  Many of the 41 volumes are out of print, but we have now listed 12 of the remaining titles, and he is currently working on a new book.  But, as he says, he finds it difficult now to get out and about to sell them directly to bookshops as he used to, so he has asked us to take over his distribution.

To read more of Robert’s personal story, pick up The Best Crop, and Creekside Tales. Coastal Suffolk, Coastal Essex, The Beachman’s Coast and Woodbridge to the Coast tell stories of the people and boats around the rivers and creeks, with contemporary colour photographs.  Forgotten Coast, Sunrise Coast and Thames Tideway use archive photographs to explore the history of coastal communities.

It has taken me longer than usual to list these books because every time I pick one up, I find it hard to put down!  The stories are captivating and Robert’s love and passion for the coasts and rivers comes through in every word.

Containing some 155 photographs documenting the history of the Thames through the 20th century.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:30.5cm x 21.5cm
Pages:96
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780951992760
Year:1997
RRP:£16.95
A history of the sailing barge Cambria.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Softback
Dimensions:24cm x 17cm
Pages:56
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780956329929
Year:2012
RRP:£6.99

The Story of Snape Maltings

A history of Snape Maltings and the people, businesses and boats that have been involved with the site.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Softback
Dimensions:24cm x 17cm
Pages:56
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780956329967
Year:2019
RRP:£8.99

Robert Simper

A picture of the towns, villages, countryside and rivers between Woodbridge and the coast.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Softback
Dimensions:24cm x 17cm
Pages:96
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780953850693
Year:2008
RRP:£9.95

Colne Point to Lowestoft Ness

A collection of 124 photographs with detailed descriptions of the boats, places and people on this fascinating low-lying English coast
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:17.5cm x 24.8cm
Pages:74
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780953850631
Year:2002
RRP:£14.95

Robert Simper

124 colour photographs with descriptive text tell the story and history of the River Deben, from the wild entrance at Felixstowe up to Ufford where the tidal estuary ends.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:17.5cm x 24.8cm
Pages:96
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780953850662
Year:2006
RRP:£14.95

Coastal Traditions of Britain and Ireland

The working lives of people living around our coasts and the boats they used.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:17.5cm x 24.8cm
Pages:96
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780953850624
Year:2002
RRP:£14.95

Robert Simper

A memoir of life alongside the River Deben in Suffolk.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:24.5cm x 17.5cm
Pages:100
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780953850655
Year:2004
RRP:£14.95

Robert Simper

Paints a picture of the towns, villages, countryside and rivers of the Essex Coast between Harwich and Canvey Island.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Softback
Dimensions:24cm x 17cm
Pages:136
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780956329912
Year:2011
RRP:£14.95

Robert Simper

A picture of the towns, villages, countryside and rivers of the Suffolk Coast.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Softback
Dimensions:24cm x 17cm
Pages:128
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780956329905
Year:2009
RRP:£14.95

Coastal Communities and their Boats

A record of the men and the boats that worked off the open beaches of Suffolk.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Paperback
Dimensions:24cm x 17cm
Pages:124
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780956329943
Year:2015
RRP:£14.95

The twists and turns of a farming family in Suffolk.

A record of the long battle of a Suffolk family farming business to keep in existence.
AuthorRobert Simper
Format:Paperback
Dimensions:29.2cm x 17cm
Pages:80
Publisher:Creekside Publishing
ISBN:9780956329936
Year:2013
RRP:£6.99

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