Children's Picture Atlas
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this colourful atlas opens with world maps showing the continents (including the polar regions), countries and landscapes of the world. To encourage children to explore the different nations in more detail, the following maps take a closer look at each land mass in turn, offering key facts about its geographical features and the people and animals that live there. Age 4+
Scatter the Devils
A leading British painter, John Hoyland (1934–2011) gained early critical acclaim and went on to exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts. Concentrating on his later work, and produced in collaboration with the artist, this book reproduces over 100 of his paintings and explores the processes that compelled him to create art to ‘inspire the spirit … liberate and fire the imagination’, and to refute the label of ‘abstract’.
The Bee Book
Following an in-depth look at topics including how bees fly and communicate, this beautifully illustrated book describes how to attract these vital, but threatened, pollinators to our gardens, through planting and supplying shelter. For real enthusiasts, a chapter is devoted to beekeeping, and how to use wax and honey to make candles and beauty products.
Pests and Diseases
Royal Horticultural Society
This updated edition of the classic guide to garden health includes information on an additional 25 pests and diseases, new treatments and resistant plants. The first section explains how to identify common problems, aided by clear photographs; the second offers an A–Z of symptoms, causes and control methods, many of which are biological; and a final section details the problems associated with particular species.
The opportunity to grow exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices has never been greater, with a diverse range of seeds and plants now available. Matthew Biggs’ well-illustrated manual presents step-by-step instructions for growing over 50 varieties, including chickpeas, Chinese artichokes, turmeric and goji berries, with a handy quick reference section for each, and tips on cooking and storing them.
Grow Food for Free
Determined to counter the misconception that gardening is expensive, Huw Richards spent a year producing food at no cost. Illustrated throughout, his guide to making raised beds and containers, composting, harvesting seeds from shop-bought produce and sharing tools demonstrates the rewards of a frugal approach before showing how to grow a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Down to Earth
Using 50 years of personal experience, Monty Don offers general advice on garden design, colour and managing changes in the seasons, followed by information on choosing plants, whether for a small town plot, a cottage garden, or one created with children or wildlife in mind. Further topics include dealing with weeds and pests, and growing food, before a final section describes jobs for the month.
Allotment Month By Month
After establishing the basics of running a successful allotment, this well-illustrated volume explains the tasks that need to be carried out each month, from buying seeds, to sowing, harvesting and storing produce. More detailed information on growing each type of fruit or vegetable follows, with the aim of having a supply of fresh produce throughout the year, and a troubleshooting section suggests solutions for common problems.
Bing Annual 2021
Ideal for pre-schoolers, this activity book includes stories about Bing and his friends, easy recipes for party food and a selection of craft ideas, games and puzzles. Also featured are tasks encouraging pen control and colouring pages that younger readers can work on independently, and an A–Z of Bing’s favourite things. Age 2+
The Art of AE Backus
In a career spanning most of the 20th century Backus produced numerous paintings of Florida that now provide testament to its tropical past, with unspoilt beaches and tidal rivers edged with palms and mangroves, and the dramatic weather conditions it endures. With over 200 illustrations, this biography celebrates his life and art, revealing his talent and the humanitarian spirit that led him to mentor the group of African American artists known as the Highwaymen.
Out of Chaos
Ben Uri: 100 Years in London
Founded in London’s East End in 1915, the Ben Uri Gallery remains one of the only museums in Europe dedicated to Jewish art. Featuring rarely seen work from painters including the pre-Raphaelite Simeon Solomon, Bomberg, Chagall, the ‘Whitechapel Boys’ and modern European artists, this well-illustrated catalogue celebrates the gallery’s centenary exhibition at Somerset House and offers a visual survey of art’s engagement with identity, migration and Jewish cultural heritage.
Now considered a leading artist of the 20th century, David Bomberg (1890–1957) was heavily influenced by cubism and his radical style saw him expelled from the Slade School of Art. Marking the 60th anniversary of his death, and featuring over 100 reproductions of his work, this monograph reassesses his life and career, exploring his engagement with Jewish culture, his work as a graphic artist and his later achievements as a more expressionist portrait and landscape painter.
What are We Doing Here?
A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Marilynne Robinson presents in these essays her thoughts on taking action and remaining hopeful in an era of political and cultural pessimism. Through topics as broad as the influence of great thinkers such as Emerson and Tocqueville on political consciousness, or the discipline that beauty imparts to daily life, she demonstrates the need to reject ideology and to value ‘the self as an intelligent moral actor’.
The Earth from the Air
An international bestseller when it was first published, The Earth from the Air is a definitive record of the geography and people of the world. In evaluating recent developments this revised edition reveals the earth’s fragility and the impact of humanity, but most of all the beauty of the natural world. In addition to the images for which the original is renowned, this version includes 100 new photographs and seven new essays by experts on environmental issues.
Wrinklies Plethora of Puzzles
Ideal for challenging the grey matter, the 200 puzzles in this collection require logic rather than general knowledge or skills half-remembered from school days. Featuring traditional games such as Sudoko, nonograms and Magic Squares, as well as riddles and codes, the book is organized by difficulty level, with a sprinkling of amusing quotes and answers at the back.
Ostensibly a guide to getting a good night’s sleep, this humorous compendium contains practical advice – a handy list of essential items (such as a teasmade and biscuits), explanations for common nightmares (that creaking noise was just your bones) – with wider observations pertinent to the older generation. For added peace of mind it also offers some insights into the modern world and reminders that ageing has its benefits.
RHS 50 Plants that You Can't Kill
Surefire Plants to Grow Indoors and Out
Aimed at the complete novice, this illustrated guide to some of the most resilient plants introduces the basic elements of gardening and identifies the perennials, shrubs, climbers, annuals and bulbs, fruits and vegetables, and house plants that can thrive with little attention. The concise text offers straightforward notes about why and where to grow each one, and a brief list of its preferred conditions.
Gifts from the Modern Larder
Homemade Presents to Make and Give
Led by the desire to make edible gifts by preserving fresh, seasonal ingredients, Rachel de Thample offers around 80 ideas for infusions, ferments, pickles, jams and baked goods in this well-illustrated book. Introductions to each technique are followed by recipes including Oak-Aged Chilli Sauce and Mulled Fig Jam, often accompanied by tips on how to personalize and present them.
Prisoners of Geography
Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps
Based on the international bestseller of the same name, and adapted here for younger readers, this unusual introduction to world affairs demonstrates how the wealth, power and culture of different countries has been shaped by their landscape. Richly illustrated, it presents concise factual information, including population, climate, terrain and natural resources; gives brief histories of each region; and explains how geographical factors have influenced social development and political thinking. Age 10+
20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials
Aimed at those with no previous experience, the 20 creative projects in this guide are illustrated and explained one stage at a time. Beginning with basic information about what to look for when sourcing materials, Max McMurdo then demonstrates how to create bespoke pieces such as a pallet-wood upholstered stool and an illuminated side table made from a washing-machine drum. For easy reference, the final section outlines all the necessary tools and techniques required.