Peter Tolhurst

Black Dog Books was set up in 1996 by Peter Tolhurst, initially as a self-publishing venture to produce his own East Anglia: A Literary Pilgrimage. Following its success Black Dog Books has gone on to establish a reputation as one of the regions leading independent publishers specialising in literature and the arts, often with a sense of place, notably Knowing Your Place with a foreword by Richard Mabey.

A Distant Cry, with an introduction by Louis de Bernieres, was the first of three collections of East Anglian short stories followed by Making Waves, Ian Collins’ celebration of artists in Southwold, and several new titles from the acclaimed Suffolk writer Ronald Blythe, including Aftermath (2010), a celebration of fifty years of his writing; and At Helpston: Meetings with John Clare (2011).

Black Dog Books has extended its coverage of the best regional literature to include several new West Country titles such as Somerset by Sylvia Townsend Warner and Chaldon Herring: Writers in a Dorset Landscape by Judith Stinton.

More recent publications include Tolhurst's acclaimed three volume Norfolk Parish Treasures; This Hollow Land: Aspects of Norfolk Folklore and Brilliant Beacons: Portraits of East Anglian Churches.