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  • TUDI
    Malachy Tallack
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    Head into the unknown and discover some beautiful, mysterious and mythical landscapes in The Un-Discovered Islands, a hardback packed with beautiful illustrations.

    An exploration of some of the world's strangest places, this book gathers together two dozen islands that were once believed to be real but no longer exist on the map. These islands are products of imagination, deception and simple human error.

    From Atlantis to more obscure tales from all over the world, this is an atlas of legend and wonder that looks at ex-isles and forgotten lands from ancient history right up until the present day. Written by Guardian writer and 60 Degrees North author Malachy Tallack, this book features glorious full-colour artwork from Katie Scott.
  • Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780711234925 - Alfred Wainwright
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    Alfred Wainwright
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    • £19.99
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    • Just £2.86 per book
    A beautiful anniversary edition of all seven of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by the fell-walking legend A. Wainwright.

    The pages have been freshly reproduced from the original artwork and then printed and bound to match the first-edition books as closely as possible. Completely unabridged and unedited, the maps and text are just how Wainwright wrote them.

    There simply is nothing quite like Wainwright's guides, and having been treasured by generations of keen walkers, this set makes a wonderful gift for a new enthusiast. Perfect for walkers and lovers of the Lakeland Fells, as well as those who simply love stunningly presented books.
  • TGOB
    Jennifer Ackerman
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    A celebration of our feathered friends, The Genius of Birds is a beautifully written and incredibly informative book that describes just how intelligent birds can be.

    From the memory of the Clark's nutcracker, who can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them months later to the common pigeon's outstanding sense of direction, you'll find out so many amazing things as you read through this book.

    Jennifer Ackerman is a well-respected expert on nature and these words showcase her love for birds. Showing how surprising and fiercely intelligent they can be, she also explains how they're socially aware, too. They can tease, deceive and even console each other.
  • PHAS
    Ian Ridpath
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    Containing a planisphere for the first ever time, this Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack will inspire the whole family to start stargazing.

    The pack contains three essential items that will introduce beginners to astronomy - a glow-in-the-dark planisphere, an 80-page paperback book about the stars and planets, and a colourful Solar System poster. The planisphere has been specially made so that stars, names and shapes of constellations will be visible after it has been held under a bright light. It's a fun and practical starfinder that comes with instructions.

    The poster is huge (580 x 870mm) and is full of informative text while the Exploring Stars and Planets book is a colourful and entertaining introduction to the subject. It's packed with photographs, artwork and maps.

    This whole pack is suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • TBOT
    William Thomson
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    Covering the main forms of water that affect Britain, William Thomson's The Book of Tides is a rich and personal guide to our rivers, seas and shores.

    Presented in an illustrated and idiosyncratic style, the book covers rips, rapids, wells, streams, tides, waves, whirlpools and tsunamis. It explains how the waters surrounding us affect our daily lives and shape our actions (as well as our landscapes).

    Anyone who loves the coast will find so much to love in this book, which was inspired by William's own journey travelling the coastline of Britain with his young family in a panel van.
  • MSCM
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    Artist and ornothologist Matt Sewell has charmed so many of our customers with his beautiful little books covering British birds, owls and penguins and now he turns his attention to collective nouns for animals.

    A charm of goldfinches, a school of dolphins, a cloud of bats, a murder of crows... all of these and more are portrayed in this enchanting, illustrated book.

    A lovely gift for nature lovers, all of the illustrations are presented in Matt's trademark watercolour and his vibrant and witty text showcases his love of the creatures. In a very playful style, he also explains about each groups' personality.
  • THEZ
    Isobel Charman
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    A wild and wonderful tale, this non-fiction book reveals how London Zoo was founded - and how it went to become one of the most-loved places in the world.

    A story that is almost unbelievable, Isobel Charman's book looks at how scientists, rival zookeepers and naturalists came together to collect animals from all over the world. Only the second zoo in the world, it was founded during the Dickensian era when London was changing as never before.

    Situated in the heart of England's capital city, this book will also introduce you to the incredible characters - both human and animal - who helped shape the zoo into the worldwide attraction it is today. It covers everyone from Charles Darwin to Jenny the Orang-utan and Obaysch the celebrity hippo - the first of this animal anyone in Britain had ever seen!
  • HLND
    Stephen Moss
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    Accompanying the BBC series of the same name, Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart is a book that follows a year in the lives of a cast of wild animals as they try to survive in this tough yet beautiful landscape.

    Europe's greatest wilderness, the Scottish Highlands is a stunning land full of snow-capped mountains, incredible lochs and some truly breathtaking wildlife. Red Deer stags fight for the right to win a mate on the main land, while the offshore islands are homes to millions of seabirds and the seas themselves contain basking sharks, orcas and bottlenose dolphins.

    Full of spectacular photography and Stephen Moss' authoritative yet accessible text, this is a brilliant book for people who love nature. It also includes a foreword from the programme's narrator, Ewan McGregor.
  • GRNT
    Stephen Lacey
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    Anyone who loves to visit the National Trust's breathtaking gardens will love this book from Stephen Lacey, a regular presenter on Gardeners' World.

    Throughout the book, Stephen focuses on the Trust's finest horticultural settings and highlights some of the most awe-inspiring locations. There is stunning photographs of all the gardens to help you plot your next visit, too.

    Among the great gardens you'll be able to see and read about are 18th century landscapes like Croome Park, Victorian creations in Waddeston Manor and more contemporary plantsmen's gardens like those found at Hidcote Manor.
  • FOXS
    Lucy Jones
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    Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain provides a rich and fascinating examination of Britain's most loved - and most vilified - wild animal.

    Engaging from start to finish, Lucy Jones' book is based on historical research and includes interviews with scientists, huntsmen, farmers, activists and celebrities including Chris Packham, Ricky Gervais and Roger Scruton.

    No other British animal attracts as much controversy and debate as the fox and this book show just how misunderstood the animal is. Lucy travels the length of the country to look into why the creature is so ambiguously perceived in modern society. An up-and-coming nature writer, this book adds depth to the contentious debate surrounding the animal and our wider relationship with the natural world.
  • TREE
    Jack Cooke
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    Jack Cooke loves nothing more than climbing trees. Especially those trees that line the streets of London.

    In this witty and personal memoir, he talks about exploring England's capital city through the treetops. Part-guidebook and part-meditation on the joys of nature, this is a thoroughly entertaining read that finds Jack climbing all sorts of trees and scurrying up a Scots pine to get views that very few have seen.

    From London's parks, canals and rivers to the secret gardens he spots sometimes just 10 foot above street level, this is an oddball celebration of viewing things from a different angle. It might inspire you to go outside and climb a tree - but please be careful among the bark and branches!
  • TYCH
    Dixe Wills
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    Dixe Wills, the author of Tiny Islands and Tiny Stations, once again proves why small is beautiful with Tiny Churches.

    In his personal and quirky style, he looks at 60 of the nation's most perfect diminutive churches and explains how you can get to each one via public transport. Each church is so tiny, that only about 30 people could fit comfortably inside!

    Representing a unique slice of British local history and attitude, Dixe looks at how the tiny churches have survived and thrived throughout history. He celebrates the fact that they now retain the atmosphere and beauty of when they were first built.
  • UWLK
    Julia Bradbury
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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
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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.
  • PGMS
    Matt Sewell
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    Swooping in after the success of Owls and Our Garden Birds, ornithologist and illustrator Matt Sewell now turns his attention to penguins and other sea birds.

    Matt's beautiful drawings are accompanied by profiles of each of these magnificent, feathered friends. From emperor penguins to guillemots and brown skuas to puffins, this is a lovely little guide for people who love birds and those who want to learn more about the birds who soar over (and on/in) the sea.
  • LHBB
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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.
  • BPBT
    Lonely Planet
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    This book from Lonely Planet features 365 of the most amazing experiences on Earth - and the perfect day on which to see or do them.

    From watching wolves in Yellowstone (31 January) to kayaking with killer whales in Canada (21 August) and joining the 300 Club (16 July) - a naked run around the Ceremonial South Pole - to celebrating the Day of the Dead in Mexico (1 November), there is something adventurous and unique for all tastes.

    Also including festivals, sporting events and cultural highlights, this is a great book for you if you're an intrepid traveller and looking to find inspiration for your next trip, anniversary or birthday!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.