The countryside, country life

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  • Elegy For A River

    £14.99

    Elegy For A River

    Water voles are small, brownish, bewhiskered, and charming. Made famous by ‘Ratty’ in ‘The Wind in the Willows’, once they were a ubiquitous part of our waterways. They were a totem of our rivers. Now, however, they are nearly gone. This is their story, and the story of a conservationist with a wild hope: that he could bring them back.

    £14.99
  • I Am An Island

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    I Am An Island

    When Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 miles north, despite having absolutely no experience of crofting, or of island life. It was idyllic, for a while. But as the months wear on, the children she’d longed for fail to materialise, and her marriage breaks down, Tamsin finds herself in ever-increasing isolation. Injured, ill, without money or friend she is pared right back, stripped to becoming simply a raw element of the often harsh landscape. But with that immersion in her surroundings comes the possibility of rebirth and renewal. Tamsin begins the slow journey back from the brink.

    SKU: 9781784164782 Category: Tags: , ,
    £9.99
  • Jane Austen’s England

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    Jane Austen’s England

    It is impossible to fully appreciate Jane Austen without experiencing the landscapes which inspired her. Jane Austen’s England – the first book of its kind – takes the reader on a series of walking tours into the very heart of her world. These fifteen picturesque walks describe the country houses, churches, great estates, and elegant cities that were the settings for her novels and introduce the reader to the real-life people she met, many of whom became characters in her books. This is an indispensable guide for all Austen fans, some of the sights include Godmersham House, the inspiration for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, the view from Box Hill, scene of the ‘exploring party’ in Emma, Lyme Regis’ treacherous Cobb in Persuasion, Bath’s Assemmbly Rooms in Northanger Abbey, and many more.

    £9.99
  • Notebook

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    Notebook

    In the digital age, Sunday Times bestselling author Tom Cox remains a prolific and committed notebook keeper. This selection, culled from twelve years worth of writing, is filled with his unfiltered thoughts on nature, music, childhood, books and much more

    SKU: 9781783529728 Category: Tags: ,
    £14.99
  • Seed To Dust

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    Seed To Dust

    Marc Hamer has designed and nurtured 12 acres of garden for over two decades. It is rarely visited so he is the only person who fully knows its secrets; but it is not his own. His relationship with the garden’s owner is both distant and curiously intimate, steeped in the mysterious connection which exists between two people who inhabit the same space in very different ways. In this life-enhancing book Marc takes us month-by-month through his experiences both working in the garden and outside it, as the seasons’ changes bring new plants and wildlife to the fore and lead him to reflect on his past and future. Through his peaceful and meditative prose we learn about gardening folklore and wisdom, the joys of manual labour, his path from solitary homelessness to family contentment and the cycle of growth and decay that runs through both the garden’s life and our own.

    SKU: 9781787302068 Category: Tags: , ,
    £14.99
  • Skylarks With Rosie

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    Skylarks With Rosie

    March 2020: Stephen Moss’s Somerset garden is awash with birdsong: chiffchaffs, wrens, robins and a new arrival, the blackcap, all competing to sing as the season gathers pace. Overhead, buzzards soar and ravens tumble, apparently as delighted as he is to herald the new season. But this Spring Equinox is unlike any other. As the nation stumbles toward a collective lockdown, Stephen begins to observe and record the wildlife in his immediate vicinity, with his fox-red Labrador, Rosie, as his companion on his daily exercise. As old routines fall away, and blue skies are no longer crisscrossed by contrails, they discover the bumblebees, butterflies and birdsong on their patch. This evocative account underlines how an unprecedented crisis has changed the way we relate to the natural world, giving us hope for the future at perhaps the darkest time in our lives.

    £12.99