Top 8 Nature Books That Will Make You Say "Wow"

Here at Book People, we have a fantastic range of nature books. From geographical guides to books all about the wonders of the animal kingdom, our huge collection is sure to contain something for anyone who loves the great outdoors. To give you a flavour of the sort of books available in our super selection, we've put together a list of our top 8 nature books that will make you say "wow"...

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1.Stargazing for Beginners  

Discover all the secrets of the night sky with this handy book for any amateur stargazer. With tips on what to look out for with your binoculars and telescopes and a year-by-year calendar of night-sky events, this book has all you need to get started on spotting constellations. 

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2. The Inner Life of Animals

Peter Wohlleben

It is widely believed that we are the only living creatures that experience feelings intensely and make decisions consciously. Using the latest scientific research, The Inner Life of Animals argues that this common assumption is simply not true and that animals actually enjoy a rich emotional life. Answering many philosophical, ethical and scientific questions along the way, Peter Wohelleben invites the reader to discover a side to animals they didn't know existed. From squirrels adopting their grandchildren to hedgehogs having nightmares, this thought-provoking book is well worth a read.

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3. Natural Wonders of the World

DK

A continent by continent exploration of planet Earth's most stunning natural wonders and beautiful landscapes, this incredible hardback is a must-read for any nature lover. Littered with breath-taking landscape photos, 3D terrain models and other forms of explanatory artwork, Natural Wonders of the World reveals what lies beneath the Earth's surface and how geographical features have been formed. This is a guide to Earth's geological processes that is both comprehensive and accessible and it's perfect for anyone who wants to re-familiarise themselves with the facts they may have missed in school.

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4. The Secret Gardeners

Victoria Summerley

Whether you're a keen gardener looking for inspiration or you want to know more about the gardens of well know public figures, this is the book for you. From Prue Leith to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Julian Clary, The Secret Gardeners invites you to explore the gardens of some of Britain's best-loved celebrities. Featuring gorgeous photos and essays from the garden owners themselves, this book is a thoroughly entertaining read and will satisfy your curious nature.

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5. Van Life

Foster Huntington

In 2011 Foster Huntington quit his job in New York and decided to travel around America in a van so he could live life on his own terms. Documenting his travels in an online blog, he started #VanLife to try and connect with other people in his position. Van Life showcases the best photos from people who have used this hashtag on their travels. From stunning beaches to misty forests to mountain peaks, experience the world through the eyes of these intrepid explorers. But be warned, it might have you wanting to ditch the day job for the nomadic lifestyle!

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6. Landscape Photographer of the Year

Celebrate 10 years of the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year Award with this special edition hardback. Containing over 250 photographs printed on premium art paper, this incredible book captures everything the British landscape is renowned for. To mark the tenth year of the competition, this edition of Landscape Photographer of the Year also looks back at the different judges that have helped crown the winners. If you have an interest in photography then this book is a must-read.

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7. Great Continental Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo

A companion to Michael Portillo's highly successful TV series, this hardback captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent. Following George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide, Portillo travels across Europe visiting many of its major cities and famous landmarks. Each chapter is a different leg of his journey and the book's lavish illustrations and stunning photos give the reader a true sense of what it is like to travel across Europe by train.

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8. 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die

Barry Stone and Julia Bradbury

If you enjoy walking this book has to be at the top of your reading list. An essential guide to the most beautiful mountain passes, trails and paths our planet has to offer, it features selected walks from around the world. From coastal paths in Pembrokeshire to the wilderness in Jamaica, the walks in this handy hardback range from hour-long strolls for beginners to week-long expeditions for experts. Packed full of information about every walk, it will whet the appetite of anyone interested in walking.

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We've given you plenty of nature books to help you truly appreciate the great outdoors so the next time you have a rainy day and nature exploring is off the table, you can curl up with one of these fantastic reads.

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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.
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    Celebrating all those who enter the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, this is a coffee table book full of gorgeous imagery from the decade that the competition has been running.

    Printed on special art paper, the 250 photographs cover everything the British landscape is renowned for. Your jaw will drop at the majesty of the shots of rural countryside, rugged lochs, mountains and stark industrial scenes.

    Celebrating 10 years of the competition, this book will delight those who love the British countryside and those who have an interest in photography.
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    Foster Huntingdon is the 'vandweller' who created the #vanlife hashtag. After sharing many photographs of his adventures while travelling the country living in his van, he found there was a whole community of like-minded individuals who love exploring nature at their own pace.

    This book is packed with crowd-sourced photographs of beaches, forests and rocky mountains (many of which have never been seen before) that Foster has taken on his travels and will inspire you to ditch the conventional way of life and enjoy the freedom and adventure of life on the road.
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    From a grateful humpback whale to squirrels that adopt their grandchildren, this beautiful book looks at how various creatures from the animal kingdom think and feel.

    Many humans assume we're the only living things able to experience intense feelings and to make decisions with a conscience but this book, backed by the latest research, shows that animals experience a rich variety of emotions, too.

    Covering the big philosophical, ethical and scientific questions, this book explains all about how bees plan for the future, the pigs who are able to learn their own names and - finally - the reasons why wasps exist.
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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.
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    With a foreword by Chris Packham, this awe-inspiring hardback will delight nature lovers with its continent-by-continent journey around the Earth's most beautiful landscapes.

    It will help you draw up your bucket list and combines landscape photography with 3D terrain models and other explanatory artwork that will show you what lies beneath the surface and how certain geographical features are formed.

    Among the places you'll be able to learn all about are the Amazon River in South America, the Himalayas in Asia and the Ninety Mile Beach in Australia. There's even a focus on the plants and animals that inhabit these environments, making this an accessible guide to Earth's geological processes and features.
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    Head beneath the waves and discover all about life under the sea with this hardback Blue Planet II book, a companion to the BBC's sequel to 2001's incredible nature series.

    The ocean is full of mysteries and this book explains how its life has changed dramatically over the past decade, with new species, behaviours and habitats being discovered all the time. This book is full of breathtaking photographs and stills from the show and brings to life the different parts of the ocean.

    From voyages of migration that show how the oceans are connected to the coral reeds and arctic ice communities that thrive and the shorelines that throw up challenges for their residents, this is a beautiful book for any nature lover. It also has a final chapter dedicated to the science and technology that was used in the making of the show.
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    Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.

    With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.

    With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!