The By-Mistake Guide to Norfolk

by Jim
(assisted by Caroline Davison)
The By-Mistake Guide to Norfolk is a travel guide with a difference! 

It’s a fun fictional romp through the countryside written by ten-year-old Jim, who describes his adventures during a year of family outings in the county. Along the way he sees wildlife spectaculars, some really smelly funghi, fantastic castles and forts, demon dogs, dragons and ducks! 

Jim says, ‘You can follow in my footsteps as I explore spooky castles, parping windmills, and smelly bogs. And I don’t just mean in your imagination. You can actually visit these places and get pooed on by a knot, see a ghost, and swim with seals, just like me!’ 

The Guide offers ideas for things to do in Norfolk throughout the year and focuses on some of the less well known places that are either free or very low cost. Even in the depths of winter, whether you're visiting Norfolk or if you live there, you and your family will be able to get out into the countryside and see something amazing! 

For 8-12 year olds. Maps and information on the places mentioned in the book are available at The By-Mistake Guide to Norfolk

'It's a really fun read, as well as a useful 
(and sometimes hilarious) guide to the riches Norfolk has 
to offer - every back seat should have one!' 
David Bedford Author of The Team series for children

'Pevsner for kids'
Hugh Aldersey-Williams

'I laughed out loud!' 
Sian Hogarth, Learning Officer, Swaffham Museum

Published by Black Dog Books 2012

Short listed for EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards 2012


North Norfolk Living Early Summer 2012
'Written from the point of view of ten year old boy, Jim, it is a delightful diary....With his Mum, Dad, sisters and Gran in tow, his hilarious adventures are captured in his own words accompanied by some very funny hand drawn sketches that will make you laugh out loud.'

Norfolk Magazine July 2012
'...seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Jim the county has never seemed so exciting. The By-Mistake Guide to Norfolk is a travel book with a difference, and while it might be aimed at 8-12 year-olds, parents will love it just as much as their kids....Best of all for mum and dad, it's a clever way of getting children excited about exploring outdoors.'

Eastern Daily Press 16 June 2012
'There are travel guides to Norfolk and there are children's guides to Norfolk - now there's a whole new take on the idea courtesy of 10-year-old 'Jim' and his hilarious month-by-month account of a year of family outings...And it's not hard to see how this would appeal to younger readers; they'll be hooked by the humour while learning more about the county - even the adults will, I suspect, pick up a thing or two they didn't know.' 
Simon Proctor