Teacher visits 42 Norfolk towns and villages and captures their histories in his comedic new book
A teacher has captured his unique outlook on 42 towns and villages he visited in Norfolk in a book he described as a 'love letter' to the county.
Ryan Pugh, of Sheringham, has independently written, edited and published a book entitled 'Kismet Quick' which highlights the histories of towns dotted across Norfolk.
He said his ambition to write about the county started when he tried to get his first book, based on a blog he had written, sold in shops.
'At nearly every book shop I called their first question was, 'is it about Norfolk?',' said the 32-year-old, who teaches at Access to Music in Norwich.
After that, Mr Pugh said he thought he should dedicate his next book to the county.
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But his desire to write about Nelson's county also sprouted from the urge to find out more about the area he grew up in.
'I have always felt as though I don't know that much about Norfolk. I am a serial quizzer and you always get a round on Norfolk, and I have always been embarrassed about how little I know,' said Mr Pugh.
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The writer, who started his journey by catching a steam train to Holt, said his intention was to use public transport to make his journey more of a challenge. 'I thought, 'could I do it?' I found out by my 10th visit I couldn't.'
One particularly difficult trip he recalled was to Burnham Thorpe, birthplace of Nelson.
'It was like trying to find a needle in a haystack,' he said.
Mr Pugh said the book's title 'Kismet Quick' was a pun on Nelson's famous last words 'Kiss me, Hardy' which some argue were 'Kismet, Hardy' – Turkish for fate.
It took Mr Pugh 10 months to explore the nooks and crannies of the county and he said it was a chance for him to see Norfolk through the seasons.
You can buy Mr Pugh's book from Jarrolds in Cromer and Norwich, Katie's Gifts and Accessories in Sheringham, Bertram A Watts in Sheringham and from Amazon.
You can also visit his website ryantpugh.co.uk