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Nature & Outdoors

  • UWLK
    Julia Bradbury
    • £5.99
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    Tying in with the popular TV show Best Walks with a View, Julia Bradbury presents eight of the country's most-loved walks in a book that is part-practical guide and part-love letter to walking.

    Complete with maps and landscapes, the walks take in the likes of the South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. As she writes about each walk, Julia focuses on the sights and sounds, flora and fauna and past and present of each path.

    They may be well-trodden, but each walk is still full of wonder and discovery - and a few pubs! Accompanied by maps and illustrations, each walk is under 10 miles showcase the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Great Britain.
  • GCRJ
    Rt Hon Michael Portillo
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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    All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo.

    Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous.

    From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.
  • GHWK
    T. H. White
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    A classic memoir about the bond between man and animal, this edition of T. H. White's The Goshawk includes a foreword from H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald.

    First published in 1951, the book finds White describing the struggles (and enjoyment) he experienced while trying to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird. With no training and only a few out-of-date books on falconry to guide him, he set about trying to bend the will of Gos to his own.

    Suffering setback after setback, White found himself becoming more and more attached to his new animal friend and together he believed they could soar.
  • WKTH
    Levison Wood
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    An explorer and writer that has led expeditions on five continents, this inspirational book follows Levison Wood as he attempts to walk the entire length of the Himalayas.

    Tying in with a hit Channel 4 show, this is a powerful and enigmatic tale of survival and endurance. Levison reveals how he managed to form strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds as he embarked on his quest.

    By travelling on foot and following the same footpaths as the locals, Levison uncovers hidden stories that reveal the history of the Himalayas and stretch back over two millennia of exploration.
  • THWA
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    Featuring wide-ranging, carefully chosen routes from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the wilderness of Jamaica, 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential guide to the world's most beautiful mountain passes, woodland paths, Native-American trails and much, much more.

    Packed with facts and a wealth of information about every must-try walk - which range from 1-hour beginner routes to week-long expeditions - including essential details about its start and finish points, overall distance, difficulty rating, maps and more, this is the perfect partner for those looking for some time in the great outdoors both at home and abroad.

    Fully illustrated and including beautiful photography, this guide will make a great gift for all those who love to lace up their walking boots and explore the world - whatever their level of experience.
  • LHBB
    • £8.99
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    A beautiful gift book published in association with the Landmark Trust, this book celebrates the Trust's greatest achievements in saving important pieces of British architecture and heritage.

    With beautiful photography throughout, the book places the buildings in the order in which they were built. From the unusual and utilitarian to the enchanting and spectacular, each building offers a glimpse into our past history.

    Stretching all the way back to 1250, this hardback features 50 buildings that were rescued from oblivion and among the highlights are a 15th century inn in Suffolk, an Elizabethan hospital in Yorkshire and a lighthouse on Lundy. The way the Trust saved them is also covered, making this not only a celebration of British history and architecture but also of the phenomenal work the Landmark Trust puts in.
  • RVBK
    Tessa Wardley
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    The River Book provides you with 101 ways that you can enjoy being by the river - whether you want to play, relax or watch some wildlife!

    With suggestions for rivers to visit, Tessa Wardley also reveals which ones are best for the fun-packed activities mentioned in the book. So whether you want to go on a hunt for minibeasts, look for crayfish or go for a swim, this is the book for you.

    It's packed full of facts about how rivers work, why some are fast and some are slow and information about the plants and animals that live by the water's edge.
  • GRBW
    Jilly Macleod
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    This handy guide from the National Trust explores 100 family-friendly walks through some of Great Britain's most spectacular countryside. The walks are between two and eight miles in length and are organised by region, making it easy to explore historical sites, spot regional wildlife and take in stunning views wherever you are in the country.

    Graded according to ease, from rambles across parkland, adventurous hikes and everything in between, the book is filled with important information on transport links, facilities, local attractions and fun stuff for the kids, along with maps of each route.

    The perfect guide for taking in Britain's countryside and discovering your new favourite walk.
  • ISDR
    Dan Boothby
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    With his lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Dan Boothby jumped at the chance to move into the author's former home - a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

    Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place is the memoir of Boothby's time living there. It covers the people he met and the stories they told, as well as the author's attachment to the remote landscape - and the otters that inhabited it.

    After drifting about for more than 20 years, Boothby felt he had found home when he arrived. Living in such exquisite surroundings also gave Boothby the chance to embark on his own quest to better understand the mysterious Gavin Maxwell.

    A wonderfully personal memoir about the search for home.
  • DYSC
    Nick Bailey
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    If you have green fingers and are hoping for that elusive colour-packed 'year-round garden', this book is full of all the inspiration you need. Packed with photos, it covers ideas on how to use, combine, design and prolong those beautiful colours.

    Focusing on achievable ways of growing plants of every tone throughout the 12 months of the year, it has lists for every season and practical advice on establishment and maintenance. There are also ideas of what plants to put in your pots, how to cut them and how to make the most of difficult spaces and tiny gardens.
  • TRDL
    Tom Jones
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    'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford' - Samuel Johnson.

    London is a fascinating city with plenty of activities and things to do in all the seasons, but many people find themselves resorting to visiting the same places time and time again.

    When author Tom Jones found himself doing this, he made the decision to follow Samuel Johnson's famous quote - and this book offers ideas for what to do in London every day of the year. Whether you want to explore East London by canoe, walk in the treetops at Kew Gardens or go birdwatching at Rainham Marshes, you'll find all the information you need.

    Written in a personal and quirky style, the book will help you explore a whole new side to London and encourage you to take a chance on new experiences - including catching the last tube home!
  • WLKY
    David Bathurst
    • £3.99
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    If you love the great outdoors, this will quickly become your go-to handbook.
    Whether you're exploring the countryside, the shore, cliffs or forests, it's bursting with tips, facts and folklore to help guide you on your way.

    From the areas of outstanding natural beauty to the diverse wildlife that can be found across Britain, David Bathurst's The Walker's Year is genuinely charming and informative.
  • TPBS
    Dominic Couzens
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    Find out all the best places to see our feathered friends with the Top 100 Birding Sites of the World.

    Covering sites across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North and South America and Antarctica, the gorgeous hardback features first-hand accounts, fascinating information and absolutely stunning photography.

    Awe-inspiring, the coffee table book also features some of the world's best avian spectacles such as the Snow Goose 'blizzard' that takes place in Bosque del Apache and the swarms of Lesser Flamingos on Africa's Rift Valley Lakes.

    Quite simply, a must-have for any birdwatcher.
  • CANA
    Liz McIvor
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    Accompanying a six-part BBC Four series, Canals: The Making of a Nation takes us all on a fascinating journey into the heart of industrial Britain.

    In Britain, canals are often associated with lazy summer afternoons and walks and water journeys through lush green countryside, but this book reveals just how important they are and the legacy they had in the birth of modern Britain. Canals helped open up the trade of the Industrial Revolution; furthered the science of geology; and ushered in a new form of architecture.

    Written by Liz McIvor, the history of canals also takes in everything from greedy investors and cheap labour to the struggle for workers' rights and welfare. Waterways are a modern invention that changed all our lives. This book shows how.
  • WOTW
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    Packed with breathtaking photography and insightful information you are unlikely to find anywhere else, Wildlife of the World from DK brings you face to face with the most extraordinary animals on Earth.

    Divided by continent, each animal habitat is explored in rich detail and takes readers from the depths of the Costa Rican rainforest to the lush wetlands of the Okavango, demonstrating the diversity of our natural world and revealing the secret lives of the animals that live there.

    Complete with detailed data panels for quick reference and a foreword from The Really Wild Show and Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, this enormous animal encyclopedia will make the perfect gift for any animal enthusiast.
  • OWMS
    Matt Sewell
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    This charming guide offers an illustrated overview of the owls that can be found across the world.

    Written and illustrated by avid ornithologist and street artist Matt Sewell, the book is tremendously evocative and is full of whimsical descriptions that shine a spotlight on each different type of owl's personality.

    All hand-picked and painted in pop-art watercolour, this gift book will appeal to owl lovers, birdwatchers and those who appreciate nature and beautiful artwork.
  • GWKS
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    Walking is one of the nation's favourite leisure activities and this unique collection of walks provides a fresh approach to enjoying the very best of Britain's countryside.

    Spread through England, Wales and Scotland, each walk is detailed on a removable information card. All you need to do is remove the card from the binder, pop it into the included waterproof plastic sleeve and set off.

    Covering starting points, difficulty, length, terrain and more, each card features step-by-step instructions and route directions, so you don't have to be an expert map reader ? and points of interest are highlighted throughout through stunning photographs and artwork.

    Lighter to carry than a complete walking guide and featuring pub walks, nature trails, challenging long walks and family strolls, this is a walking guide with an extra dimension.
  • DOSW
    • £2.99
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    Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide to South West England features mapped walks of two to ten miles to suit all abilities.

    The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, and clear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty.

    All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
  • WBSC
    Hannu Jannes and Owen Roberts
    • £4.99
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    Complete with CDs to help you recognise each bird's distinctive song or call, these two books will come in handy for any birdwatcher or lover of nature.

    Recognising songs and calls can help you make more of birdwatching and the handy-sized hardbacks will help you identify 80 of our most popular woodland species and also 80 wetland species.

    Written by ornithologist Hannu Jannes and birding enthusiast Owen Robert, the books also feature colour photographs of each bird, as well as further information on their identifying features, habits, distribution, feeding and nesting routines and calls.
  • BIBE
    • £3.49
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    A stunning illustrated guide to European and British birds from the experts at the RSPB. Profiling every species found in Britain and Europe (featuring over 500 in total), the 330 most commonly seen birds, including finches, martins and swallows plus many more, have full-page profiles dedicated to them so you will always be certain when you spot each species. Covering the characteristics of anatomy, life cycle and behaviour and providing a survey of habitats in which the birds live, this handy guide makes bird identification quick and effortless. An essential reference for novice twitchers and the long-time spotter.
  • AGPAP
    Ammonite Press
    • £31.89
    • RRP £40.00
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    This book is the RGS' only official publication on the expedition in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent and includes a foreword by Jan Morris. It contains the largest assemblage of images ever published in a book solely about the 1953 Mount Everest Expedition. It features over 250 unique photographs, hand-picked by the RGS' own collections staff. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest on 29th May, 1953, by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Ammonite Press, in association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), presents a lavish photographic record of this historic event. The Earth's highest mountain, with a peak 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level, located in the Himalayas between Nepal and China, has long been a lure for mountaineers and explorers. The dangers of altitude sickness, adverse weather conditions and ferocious winds make the peak tantalisingly difficult to attain. The ninth British expedition, led by John Hunt, made two attempts in 1953. The first climbing pair came to within 100m (300ft) of the summit on 26th May, but were forced to turn back after experiencing oxygen problems. Two days later New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali Sherpa, made a second assault, reaching the summit at 11:30am on 29th May via the South Col Route. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s extensive archives contain an astonishingly detailed and intimate record of the landmark 1953 expedition, with many fascinating and beautiful images captured by the photographers who accompanied the climbing team. This is the first time the RGS has worked in association with a publisher to produce a photographic art book on the subject.
  • RUNN
    Susie Whalley
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    A new edition of the 'runaway' bestseller, Running Made Easy is a friendly and inspiring fitness and nutrition advice guide, full of real-life running stories, that is a must-have book for aspiring runners and running enthusiasts.

    Taking things right back to basics with beginner running and fitness plans, fill-in charts and diary sections, the book even provides jargon-free advice and lessons on everything you need to learn to fall in love with running.

    Packed with step-by-step instructional photographs, warm-up and cool-down techniques, goal-setting advice, motivational stories and more, the book - whether your planning a marathon or a jog around the block - is sure to make you feel empowered, motivated and ready to succeed.
  • AHZLE
    Alan Hinkes
    • £20.00
    • RRP £25.00
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  • ALKGG
    Thomas M. Kostigen
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    Punchy, no-nonsense information and advice on how to prepare for and survive weather extremes, from high temperatures to floods and hurricanes, set against solid scientific explanations. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes--weather is becoming extreme, and this book tells you how to plan ahead and prepare, respond to emergencies, and survive the worst-case scenarios. From the risks of building on changing coastlines to the safety kit you should have packed up at home, from the tell-tale signs of a hurricane on the horizon to how to power up when the grid goes down - this will be the one book to carry with you through all kinds of bad weather. Divided into four sections - Hot, Cold, Wet, Dry - with chapters on the most common extremes, from heat waves to blizzards. Each chapter begins with a level-headed discussion of current weather extremes, facts and details on conditions, and theories for why these changes are occurring. Following that, every chapter contains dos and don'ts for inside and outside, giving at-a-glance guidance for how to prepare for, survive, and recover from every extreme. Sidebar features on Gears and Gadgets and Protecting Your Pet; first-hand experiences from people who have survived deadly extremes and experts who help others survive them. Spectacular photographs of wicked weather plus useful checklists and how-to illustrations make page after page both useful and entertaining, even when you're contemplating the unthinkable. The go-to book when bad weather hits, and a pull-you-in read in the meantime.