Top 10 Best Adult Books About the Great Outdoors

These enthralling books will take you on adventures all over the world, featuring everything from delightful British wildlife to wild landscapes. With plenty of fascinating non-fiction and exhilarating fiction, see below for the best adult books about the great outdoors.

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1. A History of the World in 500 Walks

Sarah Baxter

This gorgeously-illustrated guide features some of the most impressive and historically-resonant trails in the world, both man-made and natural. Every path is infused with history and significance and all feature breath-taking scenery. This book is perfect for seasoned hikers and armchair historians alike, with inspirational commentary, marvellous maps and phenomenal photography, as well as plenty of fascinating historical detail. This inspiring book includes amazing walks such as the Inca Trail and the Peaks of the Balkans Trail.

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2. Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

This tumultuous love story takes place in the wild and desolate Yorkshire moors, a darkly meaningful and ominous setting. It follows Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. Heathcliff, bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley, falls deeply in love with Catherine. Believing this love to be unrequited, he leaves Wuthering Heights - only to return years later, determined to wreak a terrible revenge for his former miseries and lasting anguish... This haunting masterpiece will shock and thrill its readers.

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3. The Making of the British Landscape

Nicholas Crane

Coast presenter Nicholas Crane looks back over 12,000 years of the British landscape in this stunning book, from the Ice Age to the 21st century. Part-journey, part-history, this engrossing book details the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities, concluding with an examination into how things may change next. It features wonderful photographs for readers to pore over and covers everything from the Black Death to urbanisation and recreation, as well as the part played by geology (and our 6,000-mile coastline).

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4. Lord of the Flies

William Golding

This riveting classic novel has proved controversial in its time, but is nonetheless an iconic and enthralling read. Join a group of boys on an uninhabited island, the only survivors of a tragic plane crash. The boys must try to work together, but it's not long before cracks appear, their primal impulses take over and their memories of home and family vanish. This gripping novel offers a sharp commentary on society, posing many questions about how we live, and is set in a wild and unpredictable location.

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5. Millie Marotta's Wild Savannah

Millie Marotta

This beautiful colouring book is inspired by the swaying grasslands of Africa, Asia and Australia. Sit back and relax as you colour in pictures of crocodiles, kangaroos, ostriches, gazelles and so much more, as well as a number of exotic environments, and be whisked away to exciting locations.

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6. Planet Earth II: A New World Revealed

Stephen Moss

Planet Earth II captivated us on TV with phenomenal footage of incredible animals and glorious landscapes. In this beautiful book, you can continue to marvel at jaw-dropping photography and fascinating facts, with over 250 breath-taking images and lots of information on different creatures and environments, from arid deserts to lush jungles.

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7. Woodland Craft

Ben Law

Discover the amazing diversity of craft products made from materials sourced directly from the woods, including brooms, chairs, fencing, yurts and even a caravan! The items are hewn from freshly-cut green wood, shaped by hand and instilled with a natural, rustic beauty. Detailed instructions and advice are given for each project, as well as essential information about tools and devices. Also learn about the fascinating history and traditions of the crafts.

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8. The Un-Discovered Islands

Malachy Tallack

This endlessly engrossing book is an exploration into some of the world's strangest places: two dozen islands that were once believed to be real, but no longer exist on the map. These islands are the products of imagination, deception and sheer human error. From the depths of Atlantis to more obscure locations all over the world, this is an atlas of legend and wonder that looks at forgotten lands from ancient history right up to the present day, and features incredible full-colour artwork.

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9. Hello, Is This Planet Earth?

Tim Peake

This ground-breaking book takes readers on a mesmerising tour of Tim's historic and inspirational six-month Principia mission into outer space. Based on more than 150 of Tim's jaw-dropping photographs, many of which have never been seen before, this lavish collection showcases the beauty and wonders of Earth from above. It comes with a personal commentary from Tim, full of his warmth, wit and charm. Discover awe-inspiring images of cities illuminated at night, the northern lights and unforgettable vistas of oceans, mountains and deserts.

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10. Flying the Nest

Hannah Dale

This gorgeous book is bursting with delightful illustrations by award-winning artist, Hannah Dale. It features lots of baby birds and animals, from fluffy ducklings to furry fox cubs, and every design is accompanied by interesting text about the animal's character. Wildlife-lovers will adore this book.

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  • FLTN
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    This is a gorgeous gift book full of award-winning artist Hannah Dale's illustrations of adorable baby birds and animals.

    Quirky and full of character, it features everything from fluffy ducklings to fox cubs and every design is accompanied by insightful text about the animal's character.

    Anyone who loves wildlife will be delighted to receive this wonderful book.
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    Nicholas Crane
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    From the Ice Age to the 21st century, Coast presenter (and president of the Royal Geographical Society) Nicholas Crane looks back over 12,000 years of the British landscape in this beautiful book.

    Part-journey, part-history, this book describes the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities and concludes with an examination of where things will head next. It even includes a number of photographs for you to pore over.

    We are now in one of the most extreme centuries of change since the Iron Age and this book examines how we got to this point. From major landscape events including the Black Death, urbanisation and recreation to the role played by geology (and our 6,000-mile coastline) in its development, it's a must for anyone interested in nature.
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    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.
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    Millie Marotta
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    Millie Marotta's previous adult colouring book, Animal Kingdom, is a huge favourite with Book People customers so we're delighted to have her latest incredible book available at an unbelievable price.

    Wild Savannah is inspired by the swaying grasslands of Africa, Asia and Australia. You'll find mindfulness as you colour in pictures of crocodiles, kangaroos, ostriches, gazelles and so much more.

    Incredibly appealing, this book has so many designs that you will love adding your personal touch to...
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    Ben Law
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    Accompany woodsman Ben Law as he celebrates the amazing diversity of craft products made from materials sourced directly from the woods. Including brooms, rakes, pegs, spoons, chairs, baskets, fencing, yurts and even a caravan, the items are hewn from freshly cut green wood, shaped by hand and infused with a simple, rustic beauty. Detailed instructions and advice are given for each craft, along with essential knowledge about tools and devices. With fascinating information on the history, language and traditions of the crafts, coppice management and tree species, this book teaches about all aspects of the low-impact woodland way of life.
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    Tim Peake
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    'It's impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet. During my mission I became determined to share this unique perspective of the one place we all call 'home'. This book captures a journey of discovery, not just the discovery of planet Earth - a stunning oasis of life in the vastness of space - but also the discovery of a newfound passion for photography, which has had a major impact on me. I hope readers enjoy leafing through these pages as much as I enjoyed taking these pictures.' Hello, is this planet Earth? takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of Tim's historic and inspirational six-month Principia mission. Based on over 150 of Tim's stunning photographs that he took on board the international space station, many of which have not been seen before, this lavish collection showcases the beauty of earth from above, and is the perfect visual time capsule of Tim's remarkable trip, which captured the imaginations of millions of children and adults across the world. The book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, and comes with a personal commentary from Tim, full of his characteristic warmth and charm. The book includes breath-taking aerial photos of cities illuminated at night, the northern lights and unforgettable vistas of oceans, mountains and deserts. The title of the book is inspired by Tim's famous 'wrong number' dialled from space, when he accidentally misdialled a woman from the space station and inquired, 'Hello, is this planet Earth?' During his mission, Tim conducted numerous ground-breaking science experiments and engaged the British public in ingenious ways. Tim became the first British astronaut to complete a spacewalk and the first person to run the London marathon in space. He spoke to hundreds of thousands of school children back on earth via events such as the Cosmic Classroom live from the ISS, engaging over 1 million children during the whole mission. He was also involved in other memorable events, such as presenting the BRIT Awards live from space in a dinner jacket. 24 million people watched Tim blast off and over 2 million fans continue to follow his updates across social media. In the Queen's birthday honours, Tim was made a companion of the order of St Michael and St George, an award given to those who have given distinguished service overseas, or, in Tim's case, in space. Tim's proceeds received from the book will be donated to The Prince's Trust.
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    Sarah Baxter
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    A History of the World in 500 Walks is an illustrated guide to some of the most important and historically resonant trails - both man-made and natural.

    History is everywhere you go, never more so than when you are walking through it and this book is great for both avid, seasoned hikers and armchair historians. It contains inspirational commentary, marvellous maps and eye-opening photography.

    It will show you how the world came to be and reveals the beginning of the human story. A wide-ranging book that is sure to inspire, among those important walks are Mount Roraima, the Inca Trail and the Peaks of the Balkans Trail.
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    William Golding
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    Classic, challenging, controversial, iconic, dazzling... There are just not enough adjectives to describe William Golding's classic 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies.

    Telling the story of a group of boys who are stranded on an uninhabited island after a plane crash, the book offers a commentary on society that still stands up today, posing many questions about how we live...

    After setting up a community on the island, cracks do not take long to appear. The boys' primal urges take over and all memories of home and family vanish as they become excited by pig hunts and regress into a primitive, dangerous way of life...

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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    Emily Bronte
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    This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. "May you not rest, as long as I am living. You said I killed you - haunt me, then". Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past. "The Penguin English Library" - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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    Stephen Moss
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    10 years on from the first, groundbreaking, Planet Earth, we use the most incredible advances in technology and scientific discovery to bring you the most exciting and immersive picture of our world's wildlife yet. With over 250 breathtaking photographs and stills from the BBC Natural History Unit's spectacular footage, this is an extraordinary new look at the complex life of some of the most amazing places on Planet Earth. Each chapter reveals an environment - some never-before-seen, some astonishingly familiar - defined by a unique set of rules required for survival. From the most desolate desert to the depths of the jungle, from blistering heat and freezing cold to perpetual darkness and deadly UV, discover how a whole host of creatures have adapted to life in the most extreme conditions. And how they compete with one another to become the largest, the fastest, the most poisonous, or most devious - all in a bid to survive. Planet Earth II includes the first in-depth look at the urban environment, and the surprising range of behaviours occurring right under our noses, as well as some previously untouched island worlds. Filmed with remarkable 5k and infra-red technology, these are the challenges, the confrontations, and the triumphs of some of the most extraordinary creatures in the natural world, told from their perspective. This is our planet, as you have never seen it before.