For those who don't know the city, a first visit to Norwich is a revelation. Beneath the stern gaze of its Norman Castle nestle little knots of shops and dwellings hardly changed since medieval times. A stone's throw from the magnificent Cathedral are rows of tudor houses and shops overlooking the bustling narrow streets leading up to the colourful market square. The city boasts a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day, but its variety extends far beyond houses both public and religious. While new purposes are found for many older buildings, much new building has taken place under the eye of its citizens, the new Forum, the university and other major public buildings all add spice to this variety. Add people to this mix, the city nightlife, the riverside walks, and the sheer exhilaration of the historic and the 'now' co-existing side-by-side and you have a city that you'll want to return to time and again. Portrait of Norwich, as its title implies, is a take-home book - or a book to send to those far away reminding them of just what they are missing.