The Animal Awards
Fifty animals from around the world are in the running for prizes that celebrate their most remarkable qualities, with awards in categories including Really Smelly, Super Sprinter and Services to Hygiene. Each presentation includes illustrated background information about the winning species. Age 7+
Through the Seasons at Giverny
In 1883 Monet began transforming the garden at Giverny, infusing the planting with the sense of colour and atmosphere that he expressed in his art. Vivien Russell explores his creative process and love of horticulture before discussing highlights from the garden, including the waterlilies, and demonstrating through hundreds of photographs the seasonal changes in its colour palette.
Build a... Butterfly
With a 3D Model to Make
Young naturalists travel through the Painted Lady's various habitats, learning all about the butterfly's anatomy, diet and travel patterns as they go. Each double spread features press-out cardboard components with which to construct a 3-D model of the colourful insect. Age 5+
The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-in
Desperate to dine on stacks of stinkier-than-old-socks fromage, Daddypops and his rat offspring are planning an audacious underground raid on the Cheese Shop. When their tunnelling goes awry, they end up surrounded by frilly piles of Fancy Pants and Underwear. Age 4+
The Jam Maker's Garden
Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves
Holly Farrell presents an illustrated guide to preserving a wide selection of homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. The introduction covers the basics of growing, looking at topics from soil preparation to raising from seed and container gardening. Organized by season, the cookery section features traditional recipes – Windfall Marmalade, and Pickled Rhubarb – as well as more modern ideas such as Pepper Ketchup. A comprehensive ‘Kitchen Notes’ chapter offers advice on subjects including testing for a set and storage.
Long Distance Walker's Notebook
‘I like to write about my walks and by doing so live them over again,’ wrote Alfred Wainwright: inspired by the great fell-walker and reproducing his drawings from books such as the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells and the Pennine Way Companion, this notebook is a great encouragement to record your own expeditions. The book includes brief, up-to-date information for walkers and lists long distance walks in the UK, Europe and North America. Off-mint.
British Library Maps Writing Set
Spanning half the globe, from Britain and Europe, eastward to the coast of California, the map reproduced in shades of cream and grey on these textured cards dates from the era when Australia was ‘New Holland’ and India was ‘Hindoostan’. The map also lines the envelopes and covers the rigid, lidded box. Twelve cards with ungummed envelopes.
Wolfgang Oehme and the New American Garden
Wolfgang Oehme (1930–2011) spearheaded the ‘New American’ garden style that is defined by vast sweeps of herbaceous perennials and grasses. This volume, with photographs of his creations, documents his life in landscape architecture and includes a detailed glossary of the plants that featured in his projects in Germany and the United States.
The Importance of Elsewhere
Philip Larkin's Photographs
The most widely read British poet of the 20th century, Philip Larkin was also a gifted amateur photographer. This handsome book reproduces the best of his images in short, thematic chapters arranged in chronological order to form a visual biography, capturing the places and people - including his lover Monica Jones and his friend Kingsley Amis - that meant the most to him. These haunting pictures are infused with the poignancy of everyday life that also informs his verse.
The English Garden
From formal topiary at Levens Hall, Cumbria, to the seemingly natural flower meadows of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park in Norfolk, Ursula Buchan presents a thematic survey of English domestic gardens, illustrated with over 300 photographs by Andrew Lawson.
Pennine Way Companion
A Pictorial Guide
Wainwright's classic guide to Britain's first long-distance path for walkers was originally published in 1968. This thoroughly updated, pocket-sized edition contains everything the modern rambler needs to follow the route from Derbyshire to Northumbria, through some of Britain's wildest and most beautiful landscapes: detailed maps, a running commentary, 300 drawings, a skeleton log, suggestions for those who prefer to tackle shorter sections ... and a little mild leg-pulling.
There's a Monster in the Garden
Ex-headteacher David Harmer knows how to write poems that appeal to young readers. Basing this collection around themes of school and home life, he puts an imaginative spin on plausible situations – such as dropping Mum’s mobile down the loo – that’s sure to make readers smile. Age 7+
The Fashion of Subcultures
Social changes in the early 20th century increasingly encouraged young people to develop tastes that were different from those of their parents, and to spend money on indulging their interests. Usually aligning themselves with new movements in popular music, style tribes emerged with idiosyncratic attitudes and modes of dress. This survey of youth culture identifies over 30 styles from the flappers of the 1920s and the swing kids of the 1930s, to beatniks, hippies, goths and hipsters.
The Heroes and Hellraisers that Made Road Cycling
Despite tacks and broken glass spread on the road, fans attempting to impede competitors, and cyclists drafting behind cars, the inaugural Tour de France was won in 1903 by Maurice Garin, with his and the race's success helping to establish the popularity of the sport. This illustrated history of road cycling tells the story through key personalities, from the early two-wheel pioneers to legends such as Merckx and Hinault and the stars of today.
The Garden Anthology
Celebrating the Best Garden Writing from the Royal Horticultural Society
From an article published in 1900 on Gregor Mendel’s work on peas by William Bateson, the man who coined the term ‘genetics’, to Toby Musgrave on growing heritage fruit and vegetables in 2012, this anthology brings together the best and most important writing from The Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. The selections are in chapters ranging from seasons and the weather to the RHS itself, and are interspersed with vibrant illustrations by Jenny Bowers.
The Life and Art of a Garden Designer
Norah Lindsay was a major influence on English garden design between the wars. Having developed her skills in her own Oxfordshire garden, she turned professional in 1924 when the collapse of her marriage left her penniless. Well-illustrated with historic and modern photographs, this book celebrates her life and work creating gardens for Nancy Astor, the Prince of Wales and royalty across Europe. It includes a directory of all her clients and the work she undertook for them.
Cartoons and Coronets
The Genius of Osbert Lancaster
Osbert Lancaster found fame inventing the pocket cartoon for the Daily Express in 1939, and his gallery of eccentrics kept the nation chuckling for 40 years. After the war, he became a leading stage designer and illustrator, working with John Piper and Nancy Mitford. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Wallace Collection, this beautifully illustrated account of his life and work will be a joy to fans and a revelation to those new to his art and humour.
The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration
Drawing on his own archive, collected over a 60-year career in fashion design and teaching, Julian Robinson presents a survey of 400 years of fashion illustration as an art form, from Renaissance woodcuts to the Art Deco masterpieces of George Barbier. Reproducing over 300 artworks that ‘wordlessly carry within them so much information, both historical and cultural’, the book is an evocative history of fashion and the art of the fashion illustrator.
Farewell to Trains
A Lifetime's Journey Along Britain's Changing Railways
After a lifetime of writing and selling railway books as founder of leading transport publisher David and Charles, David St John Thomas was in a unique position to reflect on Britain's railway history. This nostalgic celebration, published a year before his death in 2014, includes selections of the best steam railway photography, paintings by celebrated artists from the author's own collection, and excerpts, anecdotes and reminiscences from 65 years of writing about trains.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.