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  • Lakeland Fells Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780711234925 - Alfred Wainwright
    WAIN
    Alfred Wainwright
    (5)
    • £19.99
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    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.
  • THWA
    • £6.99
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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.
  • NTBC
    Clare Gogerty
    (1)
    • £9.99
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    If you or someone you know loves the Britain's stunning coastlines and costal towns, this beautiful hardback book from the National Trust will take on exhilarating walks, introduce you to wildlife and provide you with fascinating historical insight to one of our most wonderful natural treasures.

    From the Gower Peninsula to the coves of Cornwall and the white cliffs of Dover, the book looks at our most picturesque and important costal areas and celebrates them by presenting readers with stunning photographs and things to do in the area when you visit.

    With a foreword from celebrity chef and TV presenter Rick Stein, The National Trust Book of the Coast is all you need to make the most of the fascinating, life-enriching coastline of the British Isles.
  • URBN
    Max Bainbridge
    • £5.99
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    Max Bainbridge's The Urban Woodsman is a hardback book that shows how you can work with wood to make bespoke cutlery including spoons, bowls and boards.

    Max will show you where to source local timber from (without having to pay much at all) and then explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques you should learn to make them. He also reveals the ways to achieve the perfect finish.

    Wood you believe it? This book is ideal for both novices and experienced carvers and will show you how to make some stunning contemporary homeware.
  • ASWN
    Richard Smyth
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    Birdsong is the soundtrack to our world. Wherever we go, it always seems to be there - it's woven into our culture, emotions and landscape.

    In A Sweet, Wild Note, nature writer Richard Smyth asks why we love birdsong so much and explores the various ways it has influenced literature, music and science. He even discusses how it has affected our feelings of what it means to be British.

    With birdsong growing increasingly quieter, this book provides a celebration of the complex relationship between birds, people and land. Smyth also reveals how our thoughts on birdsong say as much about us as they do about our feathered friends.
  • PCCH
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    Plants may be all around us, but have you ever stopped and thought about what kind of impact they have on our day-to-day life?

    From turning them into medicine to giving them on special occasions, this beautifully presented guide looks at the effect flowers have had on human civilisation throughout our history. Each plant featured in the book is judged by its influence in the categories of Edible, Medicinal, Commercial and Practical.

    We're also dependent on flowers for sustenance, and this book celebrates everything from crop staples like wheat and rice to herbs and spices that have medicinal qualities.
  • GMKE
    Portia Simpson
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    Portia Simpson was Scotland's first ever qualified female gamekeeper and in this memoir - set against the glorious backdrop of the Scottish Highlands - she talks about the highs and lows she has experienced during her career.

    A lover of the great outdoors from a very early age, Portia talks about her childhood and how she managed to break into what is traditionally a conservative and male-dominated profession. She explains how she honed her skills, where she trained and the dedication that set her apart from the crowd - and even inspired a character in the BBC's Monarch of the Glen.

    This is a captivating read that provides a fascinating and unique look at the life of a huntswoman while also offering a sense of wonder at nature's beauty.
  • PETH
    Stephen Moss
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    It's now a decade since the BBC's Planet Earth wowed everyone with its groundbreaking footage that showed us our planet from an entirely new perspective. To mark this occasion, not only will there be a second series - Planet Earth II - but you can also own this jaw-dropping tie-in book.

    Providing the most exciting and immersive picture of our world's wildlife yet, this book has over 250 breathtaking photographs and stills from the show's spectacular footage and will help you make sense of the complex life of some of our most amazing places. Each chapter focuses on a different environment, from the most desolate desert to the depths of the jungle and Stephen Moss' informative text explains how the resident creatures have evolved and adapted to these extreme conditions.

    This book also looks at how the animals compete with each other in their efforts for survival. It even focuses on the urban environment and the range of behaviours occurring right under our noses.
  • 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.
  • GTNS
    Storm Dunlop
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    If you're fascinated by the night sky but have never had the chance to get into stargazing, make sure 2018 is finally the year you reach for the stars...

    From the experts at Collins, this bestselling and very practical handbook explains which planets, stars and constellations will be visible from the northern hemisphere from January to December, 2018.

    It also provides advice on where to start looking and contains easy-to-use star maps for every month with descriptions of what you will see. It even includes monthly updates on the positions of the moon.

    Handy for both new and seasoned stargazers, this book has been written for use in Britain and Ireland but can be used anywhere in the world between 40 DegreesN and 60 DegreesN (most of Europe, southern Canada and the northern United States).
  • FNAT
    Brian Cox
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    Accompanying the BBC series hosted by Professor Brian Cox, Forces of Nature provides a breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet.

    It gives scientific answers to some of the world's simplest questions including 'why is the sky blue?, 'why is the Earth round' and 'why is every snowflake unique?' Focusing on the extraordinary phenomena and events that connect us in an eternal cycle of life, Brian reveals just why the Earth is so colourful and incredible.

    From the volcanoes of Indonesia to the northern lights of the Arctic - via the humpback whales of the Carribean - you'll find accessible answers to some of the planet's most searching questions.
  • SMLT
    Chris Arnot
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    Eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot's incredible and informative book provides an exploration of the joys and idiosyncrasies of Britain's one-off narrow-gauge railway lines.

    He talks about a miniature railway on the Kent coast that was once used for Home Guard military trains during World War II and is now a school commute for dozens of children; the UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway that scales one of Britain's highest mountains (Snowdon); and even five different gauges of railway that circle one man's landscaped garden.

    Chris explains why narrow-gauge railways are so revered and talks about their various roles in preservation, volunteerism, tourism and local history. He also explores why they draw such enthusiasm from so many.
  • 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.
  • NWSK
    Simon King, OBE
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    BBC nature presenter Simon King presents the ultimate guide to watching British wildlife in NatureWatch, a book that is perfect for anyone who wants to find mammals, birds, mini-beasts, amphibians and more.

    If you love exploring the countryside, this book will show you exactly where to look to spot wild animals in their natural habitats. Simon will teach you how to use your eyes and ears to find and follow creatures and identify tracks and signs that will lead you closer to them (without disturbing them).

    More than just a nature handbook, Simon offers up his insider knowledge to get closer to the wild, describes the essential kit you need to get started and also provides photography tips.
  • TSFM
    Nic Compton
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    The only official companion to BBC Radio 4's Shipping Forecast, this miscellany reveals how the likes of North Utsire and South Utsire got their names and a history of the broadcast.

    Featuring poems, parodies and covering the most important and key moments the forecast has seen, it is wonderfully evocative and will delight anyone who tunes into the forecast.

    A lovely gift for fans who tune in daily of those insomniacs, daydreamers and seafarers who value its importance.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
    TH 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.