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Introduction G. A. Michael Sims (Books), aka A Book for all Reasons and ABfaR. We sell second-hand, out-of-print and collectable books. Our stock falls into four main categories:

Naval and military history especially the Royal Naval Patrol Service of WW2

Specific authors from the golden age of modern fiction (1900-1960) notably Dornford Yates

Miscellaneous non-fiction from Architecture to Travel with a good section on East Anglian (Suffolk and Norfolk) local history and topography

Fiction in a variety of genres from crime to sci-fi

You can search our stock or browse the categories. The latter will give you more of a 'real' bookshop experience but the former will give a quick result if you know exactly what you are looking for.

Don't worry about search results or viewing catalogues listing books which are under an AntiQbook banner. We use AntiQbook to provide the search and database facility for you.

Latest stock additions


Our latest stock additions include some interesting early 1950's Chalet School titles which you can find at the following page on Antiqbook. For the boys there are a couple of early Biggles titles, Biggles Flies East (1935 1st edition) and the Third Biggles Ominbus (1941 reprint) both in nice dustwrappers.



Lowestoft Ephemera

Local history buffs in north east Suffolk may be interested in another site called Old Lowestoft. It is a collection point for various ephemeral items of local historical interest, very much 'work in progress', but a major item which has been completed is a collection of letters of local Lowestoft war news written during WW2.

For information about the 1916 German bombardment of Lowestoft during WW1 you can find the full text of my family's account of the bombardment on the 'Old Lowestoft' site.

The ABfaR Blog

We had Lady Kitchener and her husband Julian Fellowes at the 'Kitchener' in Lowestoft recently for our AGM.

Although Lady Emma is our patron they really are both tireless supporters of the Centre as well as very entertaining. See the report in the Blog.

A recent article is a review of the WW2 memoirs of a British Naval Officer. 'A Passage to Sword Beach' covers so much more than an account of the journey to the Normandy beaches and is a real gem of a book. We also have a copy for sale.

Also in the blog is an appeal for help. Someone must know what PAD stands for in relation to ordnance in WW2. Please read and let me know!

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