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Keith Skipper book celebrates Norfolk as ‘last refuge of civilisation’

Keith Skipper at his book signing at Jarrolds with his book Chronicles From The Edge. Picture: Denise Bradley

Keith Skipper at his book signing at Jarrolds with his book Chronicles From The Edge. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Norfolk author Keith Skipper appeared in Norwich on Saturday to launch his latest book, which celebrates the county as “one of the last refuges of common sense and civilisation.”

Norfolk author Keith Skipper appeared in Norwich on Saturday to launch his latest book, which celebrates the county as “one of the last refuges of common sense and civilisation.”

Chronicles From The Edge, a compilation of columns and articles from the Eastern Daily Press dating back to the mid-1980s, is Mr Skipper’s 35th book and marks a half-century since he began writing.

“I started my career in 1962 so this year is my 50th anniversary, and this book is way a of paying my respect to something that has been very good to me,” he said.

“It’s a collection of some of my pieces for the EDP over the years, remembering things as they used to be,” he said.

The book remembers some of the people and places that make Norfolk such a special place to live – and has more than a sharp word for those who threaten that way of life.

“So many people deserve to be remembered,” he said. “You can have this huge illustrious Norfolk life and they give you a send-off and then you’re forgotten. This book is a chance to remember those people and places.

“But I also have a rant or two, especially against people who see Norfolk as a useful place to be exploited. The way I see Norfolk, it’s one of the last refuges of common sense and civilisation.”

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