Great Hockham lies six miles south-east of
Watton in the
The novelist Christopher Bush was
born on Christmas day in Great Hockham in 1885. He was educated
in the village school and then won a scholarship to Thetford Grammar
- before studying modern languages at King's College London.
After university he worked as a school teacher and also fought
in both world wars.
Christopher Bush: aka Michael Home
He wrote over 50 detective novels using his real name
- but also wrote nine novels about Breckland
life using his pen-name Michael Home. The first of these was entitled God and the
Rabbit and was published in 1934 and concerned the
adventures of a local boy called Harry Francis. In the novel
transforms Great Hockham into the fictional village of 'Heathley'
- portraying the isolation and poverty of rural life at the turn of the century.
He also wrote 3 other autobiographical novels entitled:
Autumn Fields, Spring Sowing and Winter