Walks in Limestone Country
Turning from the Lakeland Fells to the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales, Alfred Wainwright details 34 walks in this book, described and illustrated in his inimitable style. First published in 1970, all footpaths were re-walked and maps checked for this revised edition.
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.
Howgills and Limestone Trail
A New Walk in the Footsteps of Alfred Wainwright
Inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s writings on the area, this pocket-sized pictorial guide describes a new seven-day, 76-mile walk from Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria to Settle in North Yorkshire (with a short diversion into Lancashire). The route takes walkers through quiet, picturesque countryside and passes close to several disused railways and magnificent viaducts. The more adventurous walker can combine this trail with part of the Pennine Journey for a 134-mile circular walk.
The Blandys of Madeira
Known for their winemaking and eclectic business interests in banking, tourism and media, the Blandy family have survived two centuries of wars, revolutions and economic blockades during their long residency on the island of Madeira. As well as portraying prominent family members, this volume recalls key events, including the acquisition of the island’s prestigious Quinta do Palheiro estate in 1885 and Churchill’s sojourn at their world-famous Reid’s Hotel.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nature Walk Scrapbook
Using the vibrant illustrations from Carle’s classic children’s picture book, this scrapbook encourages children to take a walk before trying out the tasks inside. Readers can embellish the simple counting, colouring, sticking and drawing activities with 70 bug and butterfly stickers. Age 2+
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.
How to Look After Your Human
A Dog's Guide
Dog owners often seem to arrange their lives around their beloved pets and this manual shows how to train them to maximum canine advantage. Written from the point of view of Maggie Mayhem, a border terrier whose significant humans are Kim Sears and tennis-playing husband Andy Murray, the colourfully illustrated book offers amusing advice on such topics as exercise and socialization, grooming and hygiene. Age 7+
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 Street of Wonderful Possibilities
Whistler, Wilde & Sargent in Tite Street
From the late 1870s, when Tite Street, Chelsea was home to a Bohemian avant-garde of artists and writers, to 1950, when Augustus John left his studio at No 33, Devon Cox traces the artistic and cultural history of the street and its residents. As well as Oscar Wilde, Whistler and John Singer Sargent, Cox’s illustrated study examines the lives and work of artists including Frank Miles, Walter Sickert, Romaine Brooks and the architect of their houses and studios, EW Godwin.
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.
RHS Peonies and Butterflies Postcards
Presented in a sturdy, drawer-type box, these large postcards (160x115mm) feature 30 different designs based on illustrations in the RHS Lindley Library. While most of the postcards depict two or more peonies in shades of white, pink and red and a variety of butterflies, a few have an all-over design of smaller flowers and butterflies.
How the Whale Became
And Other Stories
Hare got moonlight in his eyes from gazing at the moon, and he got faster and faster by chasing her from hill to hill; Bee was created from the tears of a lonely demon… Ted Hughes's creation tales tell of eleven creatures who didn't follow the normal route of becoming what they wanted to be by patiently practising. This fine, large-format edition is illustrated by Jackie Morris. Age 5+
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. This magnificent book, lavishly illustrated with historic and modern photographs, 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.
Tell Me a Picture
Adventures in Looking at Art
First published to accompany an exhibition at The National Gallery, this book reproduces the pictures chosen by Quentin Blake as curator because each one tells a story. They are arranged alphabetically from A Winter Scene by Hendrick Avercamp (1585–1634) to an illustration from Dwarf Nose by Lisbeth Zwerger (b.1954), with comments from Blake’s cartoon family of gallery visitors. Age 5+
Wainwright on the Pennine Way
The 270-mile Pennine Way from the Peak District to the Scottish borders is the most famous, the most challenging and the most rewarding of Britain’s National Trails. The legendary fell walker Alfred Wainwright’s classic guide first appeared in 1966. In this handsome edition, the original text – revised and updated to account for changes to the route – is paired with Derry Brabbs’s stunning photographs of the ruggedly beautiful terrain, along with Wainwright’s characteristic maps and drawings.
When Sally Clarke opened her legendary Notting Hill restaurant Clarke’s in 1984, the daily-changing, seasonal menu was an innovation. That approach forms the heart of this beautifully designed and illustrated cookbook, which features 100 uncomplicated, thoughtfully assembled dishes using 30 of Clarke’s favourite ingredients from apricot to tomato, via basil, fennel and pine nut. The tempting recipes include Asparagus Fritters, Roasted Chicken with Basil, Scallop Ceviche, Chicory Tarte Tatin and Peach and Raspberry Galette.
A Year in the Life of Windsor and Eton
Starting in wintertime, Joanna Jackson's book encompasses ancient traditions including Swan Upping and Eton College's celebration of George III's birthday; a royal association with Windsor that extends from the ancient castle to the present day polo field; and such treasured landscapes as Windsor Great Park, Virginia Water and Runnymede.
A Year in the Life of the Bowland Fells
Once the hunting reserve of princes, today the Forest of Bowland is both a recreational haven for the public and a biodiverse region of international importance. As well as the landscape of sweeping fells, Stansfield records the region's rarety - the green hairstreak butterfly - and its wonderful bird life, including the Whitendale eagle owls.
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.
A Year in the Life of Snowdonia
Blwyddyn Ym Mywyd Eryri
One of Britain's foremost mountain writers and photographers presents another of his acclaimed photographic essays on Britain's mountain areas. This volume finds him in Snowdonia, one of the UK's most beautiful National Parks and one of the most diverse in terms of landscape. Birkett first narrates his tour, beginning in Conwy in the North and ending at the fishing town of Aberdovery, then presents over 115 photographs showing the many facets of the region through the seasons. Text in English and Welsh.
The Art Nouveau Poster
Bill-posting became legal in Paris in 1881. The result was an explosion of creativity that represents the golden age of poster advertising. This lavish, large format book is a global survey of the field, featuring expert commentary and more than 400 reproductions of works from artists such as William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha. The book is organized geographically, with additional chapters covering topics including the decorative panel and the revival of Art Nouveau in the 1960s. Off-mint.
Breaking the Spell
Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland
These tales of kelpies, selkies and witches, friendly giants and a baby monster are all based on Scottish legends and folklore, retold for children by Lari Don and illustrated by Cate James. At the end of the book there are 'notes from the author' on each of the ten stories. Age 5+
Breaking the Spell
Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland
These tales of kelpies, selkies, witches, friendly giants and a baby monster are all based on Scottish legends and folklore, retold for children by storyteller Lari Don and illustrated by Cate James. There are 'notes from the author' on each of the ten stories at the end of the book. Age 5+
The Potato Book
The King Edward potato was originally named 'Fellside Hero' by its Northumbrian grower in 1902, but with Coronation fever in the air a merchant changed the name to associate the variety with the new King. In this comprehensive guide, Alan Romans explains how to plant, maintain, harvest and store potatoes; he explores their history and provides an illustrated reference to over 130 varieties, scoring each for its relative qualities and resistance to disease.
One day, a princess forgets to lock her songbird’s cage and he flies away. She runs through the castle and he escapes from every room, until the princess reaches the garden and catches him – but will he sing again? In this story about freedom, children open the flaps to let the bird fly free, and there are ten things to find on every page. Age 4+
South Pennines and the Bronte Moors
Including Ilkley Moor
Published in partnership with the Ramblers' Association, the pocket-sized books in the Freedom to Roam series celebrate the right we all enjoy to explore open countryside. This volume on the South Pennines features twelve new walks of varying distance and difficulty. Each is accompanied by an Ordnance Survey map as well as a detailed description of the location including points of interest.
The Crafted Garden
Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature
The 50 craft projects in this original collection are all inspired by nature. Organized by season, the gifts, decorations and ornaments combine new ideas with time-honoured techniques. Some are ephemeral while others will last a lifetime. There are table decorations and napkin rings, planters, headdresses, wreaths, tree decorations, pots and displays. Key techniques including drying, pressing and frosting are all explained, and will enable you to transform your home by bringing the garden indoors.