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  • by Nicki Cornwell

  • - Britain's Creatives Reveal Their Private Sanctuaries
    by Victoria Summerley

    The Secret Gardeners is a captivating photographic portrait of the private gardening passions of 25 of the UKs foremost artists, designers, actors, producers, composers, playwrights, sculptors and fashion designers. Accompanying meaty essays explaining the owners inspiration and passion are photographs revealing the beautiful gardens that the public rarely see. The Secret Gardeners include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Irons, Cath Kidston, Terry Gilliam, Prue Leith, Ozzy Osbourne, Sting, Julian Fellowes and Rupert Everett.

  • - Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round
    by Joyce Russell

    Until now, there has been next to no information available on how to make the best use of a polytunnel. The Joyce and Ben Russel team have filled that gap, showing us in clear, precise detail how to erect and manage polytunnels, and above all, what to grow in them. Joy Larkcom The Polytunnel Book is the most comprehensive, practical month-to-month growing guide to polytunnel gardening available. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a more experienced grower, this book has got what you need including information on: Preparing the site How to get the best from each crop Identifying and coping with pests Making a hotbed Composts and organic feeds Month-to-month planting plans for year-round growing But at the heart of this book is Joyce Russell's experienced hand guiding you through each month of the year. It tells what to do and when to do it, in order to grow the best fruit and vegetables all-year-round. 300 colour photographs illustrate the wealth of practical tips and techniques as well as celebrating what can be achieved. 'A polytunnel offers a relatively cheap and simple way to tend crops undercover. And Joyce Russel tells exactly how to do it. Kitchen Garden Magazine

  • - The ancient Way of Saint James pilgrimage route from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela
    by Sergi Ramis

    The first one-volume walking guide to the most popular long-distance route walked by British tourists in Europe. With the advent of low-cost airlines it is as cheap for the British tourist to go to mainland Europe as to the extremities of the UK -- which is why in recent years continental long-distance routes have become increasingly popular with the British walker. Most popular by far is El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the ancient Christian pilgrimage route that has been travelled for over a thousand years to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where, legend has it, the bones of St James are buried. This guide follows the most popular route, starting at St Jean-Pied-de-Port in south-west France and heading all the way westwards across northern Spain for 800km to finish at Cape Finisterre on the Atlantic coast. Now, extending its series of Trail Guides beyond the UK for the first time, Aurum publishes the first compact one-volume guide to the path, fully illustrated with photography, it offers comprehensive route directions, sectional route maps, gradient profiles, a history of the route and details of sights to see and separate chapter guides to the main cities along the way like Pamplona, and a list of accommodation en route.

  • - Mapping the tunnels, transits and networks underneath our feet
    by Mark Ovenden

    With over 60 per cent of the world's population living in cities, the networks beneath our feet which keep the cities above moving are more important than ever before. Yet we never truly see how these amazing feats of engineering work. Just how deep do the tunnels go? Where do the sewers, bunkers and postal trains run? And, how many tunnels are there under our streets? Each featured city presents a ';skyline of the underground' through specially commissioned cut-away illustrations and unique cartography. Drawing on geography, cartography and historical oddities, Mark Ovenden explores what our cities look like from the bottom up.

  • - Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan & Friends
    by Ryan Chetiyawardana

    Good food, good drink, good company that's the recipe for a good time. This original book sees celebrated cocktail creator and man behind White Lyan and Dandelyan bars in London, Mr Lyan, call on his many friends from the world's best restaurants to share their favourite dishes. From an enormous summer BBQ to an intimate romantic dinner, it covers an impressive range of occasions and holidays, showing how a great feast and delicious cocktails can easily be part of everyone's lives and social gatherings. A menu of world-class cocktails are crafted to suitrecipes contributed by chefs including Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), James Lowe (Lyle's), Nieves Barragn Mohacho (Barrafina), Roca (El Celler de can Roca), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Isaac McHale (The Clove Club), Tien Ho (Whole Foods) and Richard Hart (Tartine) among many others, in this unique guide to the complete social gathering. A masterclass in bringing together the very best food and drink to create a home gathering with impact, this book is the ultimate guide to entertaining guests with style.

  • - Their Diplomatic and Architectural History
    by James Stourton

    A unique and glamorous book about British Imperial and post-Imperial architecture and a lively and evocative read for anyone interested in the international projection of British power and culture. British Embassies have a special role in our history. They represent our country in bricks and stone and have often expressed at least in the eyes of foreigners our national character. Whether they are Lutyens buildings in Washington, grand palaces in Europe, beautiful old colonial buildings in Asia, or secure compounds in the Middle East, they all have stories to tell and reveal the changing face of British diplomacy. A mixture of history, architectural description, diplomacy and anecdote, this large format picture book covers Residences and embassies in twenty-six countries to provide an authoritative text, accompanied by newly commissioned photography.

  • by Simon Warren

    Publishing to coincide with the Tour de Yorkshire, a new race introduced on the back of the success of the 2015 Tour de France starting race, this is the second title in a series of eight UK regional Cycling Climbs guides. With revised and revisited routes from bestselling cycling guides 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, as well as over 50% new material, Simon Warren uncovers 60 of the best cycling climbs in Yorkshire. Selected as the starting point of the 2015 Tour de France, Yorkshire indeed offers some of the most challenging cycling climbs in Britain. From the cobbled streets above Halifax, through the winding wilderness of the Moors and out onto the far-reaching plains of the Dales, there are a multitude of picturesque routes ready for all cycling enthusiasts to enjoy. With a careful dissection of each climb alongside tips and pointers for all abilities, Simon Warren once again offers expert advice on conquering the most challenging of hills.

  • by Simon Warren

    The fourth in a series of eightnew cycling climbs guides from bestselling author of100 Greatest Cycling ClimbsandAnother 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Simon Warren.Spanning the width of England, the Midlands contain numerous (literally) breath-taking climbs. The isolation of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the desolation of the Long Mynd are home to a myriad of challenges, and no matter where you look, you're never too far from an absolute killer. Highlights include the infamous Mow Cop, the rugged Michaelgate and the savage Asterton Bank. Add to these the famous ascents of the Peak District Winnats Pass, Curbar Edge and Monsal Head and you are truly spoilt for choice. So, what are you waiting for?

  • by Edwin Heathcote

    We are so familiar with the features of our homes, the myriad little decorative details, that we have forgotten how to see them. We might look at a church, read a book or watch a film and attempt to understand its symbolism and its references, but we rarely look at our homes in the same light. Yet from the most ordinary apartment to the most extravagant mansion, every home is a deep well of echoes. Windows to wardrobes, fireplaces to door knockers, Edwin Heathcote attempts to fathom the elements of our everyday domestic lives.The Meaning of Home explores how we build our houses on the souls of our ancestors: how ritual and symbolic elements transmute over time into practical features, and how often this symbolic charge ensures that those features last long after their practical uses are forgotten. After reading this scintillating book, home will never look quite the same again.

  • - Letters on Life and Gardening
    by Christopher Lloyd & Beth Chatto

    Lively exchange of letters between Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto, two long-established friends and distinguished gardeners.

  • by Charles Elliott

    Artists and writers have always been drawn to flowers, as sources of inspiration, for simple enjoyment, and flowers themselves have been the muses for many of our greatest and most memorable works of art. This volume brings together the best flower poetry and prose from a broad range of writers, from Shakespeare and Milton, to Reginald Farrer and Edward Augustus Bowles, to twentieth-century poets such as Marianne Moore and Theodore Roethke. Wild and garden flowers are here explored in all their moods and mysteries. The poems and extracts are illustrated with botanical art from the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library, acknowledged as the world's finest horticultural library. Addison *; Betjeman *; Bowles *; Bradley and Cooper *; Burns *; Burroughs *; Capek *; Carroll *; Clare *; Colette *; Crabbe *; Ellacombe *; Farrer *; Fish *; Gerard *; Gilbert *; Hanmer *; Hardy *; Hopkins *; Housman *; Hudson *; Hunt *; Jekyll *; Johnson *; Lawrence *; Longfellow *; Marvell *; Milton *; Mitchell *; Moore *; Parkinson *; Pitter *; Plunkett *; Ridler *; Roethke *; Rohde *; Rossetti *; Sackville West *; Seward *; Shakespeare *; Silkin *; Sitwell *; Stevenson *; Swinburne *; Thomas *; Williams *; Williamson *; Wither *; Wordsworth

  • by Tim Richardson

    Step inside the worlds most famous garden and understand the strength of its attraction since is was bought and transformed by writer Vita Sackville West and diplomat Harold Nicholson in the 1930s. This unforgettable garden of rooms is influential today for its design, its exuberant planting, and its effect on visitors as a complete garden experience. Author Tim Richardson explores its power and its magic, explaining the nuances of its evolution and shows how we can all enjoy it today.


    Explore the diverse cultural and historical legacy of the worlds greatest writers, artists and composers on foot. This uniquetrans-continental culture trip around the world presents aseries of inspiring walks, treks, and hikes that vary between easy one-hour strolls, half day trails, and multi-day expeditions for people who love a walking holiday and are looking for a more immersive experience. The book includes walks in easy to reach countryside areas, national parks, the wild, and the great cities of the world.From an urban Street Art Walking Tour of East London to a traverse through the Georgian melting pot city of Tbilisi to a literary-themed Millennium Tour of Stieg Larsson's Stockholm, Discover the World in500 Walkswith Writers, Artists & Musicianshas all the inspiration and information you need to plan your next walking adventure.

  • - A Visual Sourcebook for the Modern Mystic
    by S. Elizabeth

    A visual feast of eclectic artwork informed and inspired by spiritual beliefs, magical techniques, mythology and otherworldly experiences. Mystical beliefs and practices have existed for millennia, but why do we still chase the esoteric? From the beginning of human creativity itself, image-makers have been drawn to these unknown spheres and have created curious artworks that transcend time and place but what is it that attracts artists to these magical realms? From theosophy and kabbalah, to the zodiac and alchemy; spiritualism and ceremonial magic, to the elements and sacred geometry The Art of the Occult introduces major occult themes and showcases the artists who have been influenced and led by them. Discover the symbolic and mythical images of the Pre-Raphaelites; the automatic drawing of Hilma af Klint and Madge Gill; Leonora Carringtons surrealist interpretation of myth, alchemy and kabbalah; and much more. Featuring prominent, marginalised and little-known artists, The Art of the Occultcrosses mystical spheres in a bid to inspire and delight. Divided into thematic chapters (The Cosmos, Higher Beings, Practitioners), the book acts as an entertaining introduction to the art of mysticism with essays examining each practice and over 175 artworks to discover. The art of the occult has always existed in the margins but inspired the masses, and this book will spark curiosity in all fans of magic, mysticism and the mysterious.

  • - A Jovial Trip through Art Jargon
    by Carmen Casado

    In this art dictionary like no other, The Art History Babes (the hosts behind the prolific podcast) break down the elitist world of art with definitions of over300 essentialart terms. Art speakis infamously alienating, strange, and confusing as hell. Think stereotypical,stylish art dealers who describe art as derivativeand dynamic orstuffy auction housesfilled with portraits of dead white people called Old Masters. What do these words mean? Where did they come from? And how can you actually use them? Spanning art history, iconic movements, peculiar words, and pretentious phrases after reading this book, youll be ableto lay down that art jargon with the best of them. From avant-garde tooeuvre, the Harlem Renaissance to New Objectivity, museum fatigue to memento mori the Babes use theirwhip-smart humor, on-point knowledge, and a heavy dose of candorto explain even the most complex ideas in bite-sized definitions, as in: ACTION PAINTING (n.) If Jackie Chan had buckets of paint strapped to his arms and legs in Rush Hour 2, and there just happened to be a blank canvas nearby, you would end up with action painting. []IMPASTO (n.) Have you ever gotten up close to a painting, looked at it, and thought: ';Those brushstrokes are sensual as hell.'? That's how I feel about impasto, a painting style that involves applying thick, textured strokes of paint using a brush or palette knife or other tool of your choice. []UKIYO-E (n.) Beautiful ladies, kabuki actors, epic landscapes, sumo wrestlers, people navigating city streets, and sex stuff! These are some of the common subjects of ukiyo-e art produced in Japan during the Edo period (16031868.) [] With illustrations from Carmen Casado The Honest Art Dictionaryis a valuable starter pack for those new to the study of art history, those re-exploring the discipline, or those simply interested in impressing their friends during a trip to the local art museum.

  • - The Anatomy of Fear in Film
    by Matt Glasby

    ... the definitive guide to what properly messes us up. SFX Magazine Glasby anatomises horrors scare tactics with keen, lucid clarity across 34 carefully selected main films classic and pleasingly obscure.4 Stars.Total Film The Book of Horrorintroduces you to the scariest movies ever made and examines what makes them so frightening. Horror movies have never been more critically or commercially successful, but there's only one metric that matters: are they scary? Back in the silent era, viewers thrilled atFrankenstein and Dracula.Today, the monsters may have changed, but the instinct remains the same: to seek out the unspeakable, ride the adrenaline rush and play out our fears in the safety of the cinema.The Book of Horror focuses on the most frightening films of the post-war era from Psycho(1960) to ItChapter Two(2019) examining exactly how they scare us across a series of key categories. Each chapter explores a seminal horror film in depth, charting its scariest moments with infographics and identifying the related works you need to see. Including references to more than100 classic and contemporary horror filmsfrom around the globe,and striking illustrations from Barney Bodoano, this isa rich and compelling guide to the scariest films ever made.The films:Psycho (1960), The Innocents (1961), The Haunting (1963), Don't Look Now (1973),The Exorcist (1973), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), Suspiria (1977), Halloween (1978), The Shining (1980), The Entity (1982), Angst (1983), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), Ring (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Others (2001), The Eye (2002), Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), Shutter (2004), The Descent (2005), Wolf Creek (2005), The Orphanage (2007), [Rec] (2007), The Strangers (2008), Lake Mungo (2008), Martyrs (2008), The Innkeepers (2011), Banshee Chapter (2013), Oculus (2013), The Babadook (2014), It Follows (2015), Terrified (2017), Hereditary (2018), It Chapter Two (2019)

  • - Over 70 delicious recipes from London's legendary Sunday Cafe
    by Alan Turner & Terence Williamson

    For the first time London's legendary champions of brunch share the recipes that have made Islington's Sunday Cafe a runaway success. Covering everything from quick and easy staples to fabulous feasts, and taking inspiration from a global list of ingredients, this book will take you all the way from cracking an egg to flipping pancakes and roasting pork all with spectacularly Instagrammable results!

  • by Derry Brabbs

    An unsurpassable, visual tour of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Europe, from North to South; East to West. Pilgrimage in Europe is currently thriving on a scale that simply could not have been envisaged just a few decades ago. Not only are greater numbers of people now emulating the medieval pilgrims who made their way on foot across Europe to the shrines of martyred apostles in Rome (SS Peter and Paul), Santiago de Compostela (St James) and Trondheim (St Olav), but international religious tourism is also thriving and millions each year are now travelling by air, rail and road to Europe's major pilgrimage churches and famous sites of Marian Apparition such as Lourdes (France) and Fatima (Portugal).This book covers those key pilgrimage sites as well as many lesser known ones such as the Marian Sanctuary of La Salette in the French Alps, the cave sanctuary of Covadonga in Northern Spain, the majestic twenty-first-century basilica of Our Lady of Liche in Poland and the Chapel of Grace in Alttting, Bavaria. It comprises an atmospheric and colourful portrayal of the pilgrimage churches and cathedrals adorned with sculpture, art and iconography associated not only with the Virgin Mary but also the national saints and Early Christian martyrs revered by both Catholic and Anglican faiths alike. En route the reader will see some of the world's most impressive examples of medieval art and architecture set amidst historic townscapes or spectacular landscapes. This volume will serve as both an enticement to take to the road, a treasured aide memoire for those who have visited at least some of these iconic places and hopefully, a source of comfort and inspiration for those unable to travel abroad from wherever they live in the world.

  • by James Hobbs

    Pen & Ink is packed with page after page of bite-sized creative sketching tips and accessible advice, and offers aspiring artists the freedom to dip in and out for practical information or flick through for fresh inspiration and ideas.Exploring around 200 pieces of artwork by young contemporary artists, Pen & Ink highlights and examines the different techniques, qualities, and effects relating to each piece. Organized into chapters according to the technique exemplified (e.g.water soluble, mixed media) artwork is featured large and luscious, accompanied by extended captions, insightful tips, and practical advice. A detailed index at the front of the book also groups the paintings according to three main categories: Principles (e.g. composition), Media, Type of sketch (e.g. abstract), and Subject (e.g. nature). Listing each page where similar examples may be found, this category index enables the reader to easily identify and cross reference subjects that have been painted in similar styles.Throughout the book, useful information and practical tips are provided on a wide range of topics such as tone, perspective, color, and much more besides. Readers are encouraged to discover the various ways in which similar subjects and styles are executed by different artists, while also being inspired to use the tips in the book as a way of building on their existing skills. Offering a bold, refreshing change from other run-of-the-mill art books, Pen & Ink adopts the unique approach of accessing practical information via the images, focusing on the way subjects can be treated using a whole range of different drawing techniques, rather than looking at how to master one single style. This gives the reader a much wider skill set-allowing them to capture or create the essence of any image in a variety of different ways.

  • - Delicious recipes to cook with or without fish
    by Jo Pratt

    A delicious collection of versatile, quick and simple pescatarian inspired dishes, for all to enjoy! Gordon Ramsay Wow, this is such a wonderful book, just open the cover and let Jo take you through some really inspiring recipes and ideas and show you just how simple cooking great seafood can be. Mitch Tonks Whether you're looking to eat less meat, a lover of seafood, or even a dedicated pescatarian, you'll find something for you in thisbook filled with delicious and practical recipes for every lifestyle from celebrated chef Jo Pratt.Choose between cooking each recipe as a fish dish, or get creative with some veggie substitutes. From a curried Buddha bowl to Cornish crab pasties, aromatic cured salmon with pea blinis to a wholesome and hearty smoky mac ';n' cheese, the range of international recipes spans the globe and are all simple, well-balanced and packed with flavour. As well as easy approaches on how to cook your fish and hacks for vegetarian options, this original cookbook shows you how to prepare the perfect fish fillet and handle whole fish and seafood. With a wide variety of health benefits, there has never been a better time to join the growing pescatarian movement and expand your culinary skills.

  • - Gardening to transform your gut health all year round
    by Beth Marshall

    GROW YOURSELF HEALTHY shows how to transform your gut health with a wealth of gut-friendly crops, projects, recipes and planting plans* Discover how to grow 50 vegetables, fruit & herbs to maximise their nutritional value* Plan your own gut-health garden using 11 easy projects, with planting plans and best varieties* Follow 13 recipes for fermented foods to multiply the benefits and enjoy all year round* Understand the science of gut-health gardening and how it affects our health and well-being* Find everything you need to transform your garden and your family's health and happiness! Based on the author's practical experience of growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in ways that supercharge their nutritional value, GROW YOURSELF HEALTHY is a practical guide on how to design and manage an edible garden for gut health, providing food for us and the trillions of microbes we host within us. It describes the science behind the subject in an accessible way and shows how to grow an incredible diversity of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, even in a small space. The bookdescribes the best types of fruit and vegetable to choose and how to grow them to optimize their health boosting properties. It brings together the latest scientific research into different organic growing, harvesting and processing methods that will empower the reader to take back control of the nutritional value of the food they eat.GROW YOURSELF HEALTHY also contains 11 practical projects to demonstrate how to grow healthy, fresh produce at home,in a small garden, allotment, balcony, or even on a windowsill. A chapter with 13 fermentation recipes shows how the genius of microbes can be harnessed to transform freshly harvested produce into delicious sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and fermented drinks.The book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs by Marianne Majerus.

  • - A Family Guide to Gardening Inside and Out
    by Holly Farrell

    Put the fun into gardening with this beautifully illustrated guide to growing plants indoors and out. For parents and children who enjoy engaging with the outdoors and want to do more activities together, this beautifully designed book explains how plants work, describes the building blocks of gardening, and shows how togrow everything from cacti to cucumbers. With great facts and practical projects, giving the reader a lot of information its an ideal introduction for complete beginners, designed to inspire a life-long love of gardening.

  • - Beautiful Botanical Art, Contemporary Artists, Modern Materials
    by Helen Birch

    Just Draw Botanicals presents a collection of 90 beautiful botanical images by contemporary artists from around the world. Dip-in for advice or flick through the pages for inspiration. Each image is accompanied by a short introduction, information on the approaches, techniques and tools used, and useful tips. Advice covers composition, colour, painting techniques and tips for working with plants. This is the perfect guide for artists and art lovers alike.

  • - A Road Cyclist's Guide
    by Simon Warren

    In this road cyclists guide, cycling enthusiast and bestselling author Simon Warren presents 60 of the greatest cycling climbs in London and the Home Counties, including classics like Box Hill in Surrey (the Alpe dHuez of the South-East) and Londons Swains Lane, the capitals stiffest climb. From the rolling vistas of the Chilterns, through the twisting lanes of the Surrey Hills all the way to the rugged white cliffs of Dover, the South-East is littered with tough climbs. Many have now become household names such as the mighty Box Hill or Ditchling Beacon, but many others lie hidden, gems just waiting for you to discover. So whether you live in London Fields or the Kentish Weald there will be a climb inside this book, right on your doorstep, just waiting to be conquered.

  • by Alfred Wainwright

    The North Western Fells are bounded by the River Derwent and the River Cocker - an area lauded by A. Wainwright as first-class fell-walking territory. The ridge walking here is some of the finest in the Lake District, offering views of unsurpassed beauty. There is something for all walkers: steep, high mountains such as Grasmoor, rugged individualists such as Castle Crag, and destinations such as Catbells, which Wainwright calls 'a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved'. The Pictorial Guides by A. Wainwright, written half a century ago, have been treasured by generations of walkers. This edition of The North Western Fells is freshly reproduced from Wainwright's original hand-drawn pages.


    The Southern Fells include the highest, roughest, grandest fells in Lakeland including the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Wainwright - a fell-walking legend in his own lifetime - knew the terrain and conveyed its grandeur and beauty like nobody else. In this unique Pictorial Guide, he writes of the glorious curves and simple grandeur of Great Langdale; of Wasdale, 'an emerald amongst sombre hills'; of enchanting Borrowdale; of the sparkling radiance of the Duddon; and of the most delectable valley of all - Eskdale, 'sanctuary of peace and solitude'. The Pictorial Guides by A. Wainwright, written half a century ago, have been treasured by generations of walkers. This edition of The Southern Fells is freshly reproduced from Wainwright's original hand-drawn pages.

  • - A Practical Guide to Retrofitting for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
    by Roger Hunt & Marianne Suhr

    How should we go about making old houses energy efficient without devaluing future sustainability or the appeal and character of old homes by the use of inappropriate solutions? This practical and essential guideto retrofitting for energy efficiency seeks to provide answers to this and other the questions homeowners of old houses are asking. Whether your house is medieval and timber-framedor aGeorgian, Victorian or Edwardian terrace, it can be made more energy efficient and sustainable, and this practical and comprehensive handbook will show you how.Revised and updated throughout, and with a foreword by Kevin McLoud,Old House Eco Handbook includes chapters on the building envelope; roofs and ceilings; windows and doors; walls; floors; paints; energy, airandwater; plus a brand newchapter on retrofit materials. In association with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, this is a must have for owners of old houses looking to make their homes more energy efficient and sustainable.Chapters Include: 1. Old houses can be green 2. Old house to eco house 3. The building envelope 4. Retrofit materials 5. Roofs and ceilings 6. Windows and doors 7. Walls 8. Floors 9. Paints 10. Energy, air and water 11. Old house for the future

  • by Alex Johnson

    The so-called ';Book Towns' of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognized literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice. Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Urea in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial ';book cities' such as Buenos Aires.

  • by Jeremy Musson

    Secret Houses of the Cotswolds is a personal tour of twenty of the UK's most beguiling houses in this much loved area of western England, defined by its distinctive honey-coloured stone, rolling hills, picturesque villages and the most traditional English landscape. Author and architectural historian, Jeremy Musson, and Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, offer privileged access to twenty houses, from castles and manor houses, by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mansions, revealing their history, architecture and interiors, in the company of their devoted owners. In the footsteps of artists and designers from Georgian designers such as William Kent to Victorian visionary, William Morris, founder of the arts and crafts movement, we find a series of fascinating country houses of different sizes and atmospheres, which have shaped the English identity, and in different ways express the ideals of English life. Most of the houses included here are privately owned and not usually open to the public, and all of these houses featured in this book can be enjoyed through the eyes of owners, as well as an experienced architectural historian, and an award-winning photographer.

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