Astronomically Good Gift Ideas

When you have visited everywhere that this magnificent planet has to offer, these books and gifts will help you make the right choices for some interstellar travel gift ideas.

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A taste of Christmas with our favourite Food and Drink Books

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. Let us take you on a culinary tour of the world as we review 10 food and drink books and select our favourite recipes. Read More A taste of Christmas with our favourite Food and Drink Books

5 top animal guests on the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, by Helen Scales

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are perhaps best known for the noisy, messy physics and chemistry experiments, performed to demonstrate aspects of cutting edge-science in front of an eager, young audience. In years when the lecturer’s chosen subject is biology – in particular the science of the natural world – these demonstrations often take on a distinctly wilder tone, as menageries of living animals are welcomed into the RI’s world famous lecture theatre.
I delved into the last century of the RI’s biological Christmas Lectures for my book 11 Explorations into Life on Earth, and here’s my pick of the most delightful, intriguing and tricky animal assistants. Read More 5 top animal guests on the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, by Helen Scales

Our Top 5 Ordnance Survey Maps of 2017

As it is National Map Reading Week, we thought we would take a look at our top 5 bestselling Ordnance Survey Maps of 2017 so far to see where you are all enjoying the great outdoors.
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NEW BOOK: ‘The Land Beyond’ by Leon McCarron

We were lucky enough to have Leon McCarron at Stanfords last week talking about his new book The Land Beyond. There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. Read More NEW BOOK: ‘The Land Beyond’ by Leon McCarron

Travel with a purpose this autumn with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Interested in fieldwork, scientific expeditions or planning a journey with a purpose? If so, the Royal Geographical Society (wth IBG) is organising two events – Explore and Explore North West – where you can meet like-minded people, seek out opportunities and learn from others. Read More Travel with a purpose this autumn with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Book Launch: China in Drag

If, like us, you’ve often wondered what it might be like to travel around China with your cross-dressing language teacher, China in Drag by Michael Bristow is a perfect addition to your reading list. Ok, so we hadn’t wondered it at all until we hosted the launch of this book last Wednesday, but now it’s all we want to do. Read More Book Launch: China in Drag

How to Land a Plane by Mark Vanhoenacker

Pilot and author, Mark Vanhoenacker has just had his second book, How to Land a Plane, published. It’s a short, light-hearted but informative look at how planes stay up in the air, how they’re controlled, and how, exactly, they’re returned to the surface of their home planet.

Like us, Mark is a big fan of globes. Here, Mark tells us a bit about his new book and exactly why globes are so important to him:

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Book Launch: Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry

We love it when an author brings themed snacks. At the launch of Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry by Peter Nasmyth there was Georgian wine and Churchkhela (a candle-shaped candy with nuts threaded onto a string and  dipped in grape or fruit juices and dried in the shape of a sausage). Read More Book Launch: Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry

Sketch for Survival Exhibition

Image credit: Part of the Sketch for Survival collection for Explorers against Extinction. Artist: Siobhan Barlow

Ahead of the auction at the Explorers against Extinction event, An unprecedented collection of wildlife art called Sketch for Survival has gone on display for the very first time. Read More Sketch for Survival Exhibition