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 New English Garden
England has a richly varied tradition of garden design, and the past ten to fifteen years have been no exception. The leading horticultural writer Tim Richardson has selected 25 gardens that exemplify this latest phase of creativity and innovation. Most are open to the public, and together they cover a wide range of styles, from the Prince of Wales’s traditional garden at Highgrove, through Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s ‘laboratory for design ideas’ at Gresgarth, Lancashire, to Christopher Bradley-Hole’s Modernist garden at Crockmore House in Oxfordshire.
Royal Horticultural Society: In Bloom Writing Set
Decorated with illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library – a delicate pink flower on the writing paper and a small purple spray on the envelopes – this set consists of 32 sheets of fine quality paper, with 16 matching white envelopes in a traditional folding case of decorated card.
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.
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+
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 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 rarity - 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.
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+
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.
World Food Café
Quick and Easy Recipes from a Vegetarian Journey
This colourful recipe book contains inventive and diverse dishes from such countries as Bangladesh, Burma, Cuba, Finland, Japan, Laos, Syria and Vietnam, including Silken Tofu with Ginger and Chives, Jewelled Aubergine and Pho Noodle Soup. The unifying factor is the authors, the former owners of the World Food Café in Covent Garden, who have spent over two decades travelling and collecting recipes from street stalls, restaurants and home kitchens, and they include their memories of each destination.
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!
This picture book explores how our ideas about dinosaurs and how they lived have been formed over the years. Delightful illustrations of these perennially popular creatures accompany an expert but engaging text that explains how the science has evolved, and identifies which theories are now believed right, which are thought wrong, and those that are still up for debate. Age 6–9
A Traveller's Year
365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters
'The soap that the French wash their things with smells of aniseed,' wrote Mary Browne in her diary in 1821, 'and gives their beds a disagreeable smell.' This anthology of journals, letters and memoirs draws on five centuries of travel writing to provide two or three quirky, thrilling or wryly funny anecdotes for each day of the year. The contributors include Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Gertrude Bell, Graham Greene, Simone de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac and Alan Bennett.
Spiritual Inspiration and Earthly Expression
For thousands of years, people around the world have adopted belief systems that give a key role to the natural world and the trees, fruits and flowers found there. This book explores this complex subject, pointing to similarities and differences, and showing how belief systems often transfer their ideas to the real world, such as the Pure Land gardens of Buddhist Japan. It is richly illustrated with a mix of historical images and photography of contemporary gardens.
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. Off-mint.