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Snow

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by Marcus Sedgwick
Of all weathers, snow is the one that has always affected Marcus Sedgwick the most. While many people's idea of the perfect holiday involves sun, sea and sand, he instead makes trips to cold, snowy parts of the world: Russia, Scandinavia or the Arctic Circle. A few years ago he bought a mountain home, an old chalet d'alpage high in the Haute Savoie, and for the first time he began to understand what...
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The Tree

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by Fowles, John
John Fowles' writing life was dominated by trees. From the orchards of his childhood in suburban Essex,to the woodlands of wartime Devon, to his later life on the Dorset coast, trees filled his imagination and enriched his many acclaimed and best-selling novels.Told through his lifelong relationship with trees, blending autobiography, literary criticism, philosophy and nature writing, The Tree is a masterly...
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Havergey

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by Burnside, John
On the small and remote island of Havergey, a few years from now, a community of survivors from a great human catastrophe has created new lives and a new world in a landscape renewed after millennia of human exploitation. To this strange new land comes a traveller from our own time, bewildered by what he finds, and an object of curiosity for the inhabitants, especially the one assigned to watch over him, as...
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Arboreal: A Collection of Words from the Woods

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by COOPER, ADRIAN
A century ago woodlands were at the heart of daily life. Trees and hedgerows, copses and spinneys provided wood-fuel, thatch and bedding, woodland pasture for pigs and cattle, medicine from tree bark and a wild harvest of nuts and fruit for the home. But the role of woodlands has been in decline in the last two centuries, drifting ever further from our modern lives. Yet there is no other landscape in the Br...
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Springlines: Exploring Hidden and Mysterious Bodies of Water

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by Best, Clare
The idea for Springlines came from a walk on the South Downs in the drought of Spring 2012. The poet Clare Best and the artist Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis went in search of pools of water that are concealed, overlooked or hidden. They found places and whole landscapes rich in history, wildlife, culture and myth. This book presents the work they made about some of those watery places, from dew ponds to ancient we...
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The Ash Tree

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by Oliver Rackham
Ash is one of the commonest trees in the British Isles - there arenearly as many ash trees as there are people. Perhaps this is why wetake them for granted. Poets write of oak, yew, elm, willow, rarely ash.No books have been written about ash trees before. Yet Ash is one of the most productive hardwoods in Europe. Itsstrength and elasticity are qualities our Neolithic ancestors recognisedwhile building thei...
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Earth Memories

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by Powys, Llewelyn
In 1931, after two decades of wandering the world, Llewelyn Powys moved into an isolated cliff-top cottage in Dorset, where he embarked on a series of essays embracing what he called 'the poetry of life'. In their evocations of land and sea, of childhood and old age, of wildlife, chance meetings and remembered conversations, they are a poignant love letter to the English countryside. ----- Stimulated by his...
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A Shepherd's Life

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by Hudson, W. H.
Through the story of one man, Caleb Bawcombe, a shepherd whose flocks graze the Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset borders, we meet men and women of humble birth - poachers, gypsies, farmers and laborers - striving to survive on the land. As we read, the cumulative affect of their stories becomes much more than a record of rural life. It reads like a lost hymn, sung by people whose lives were disregarded and w...
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The South Country

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by Edward Thomas
Acutely sensitive to rhythms of the countryside, Edward Thomas's lyrical, passionate, and sometimes political writing merges natural history with folk culture, and gives us a free-form record of the feelings and observations of one of the great poets of the English language. First published 1909 by J.M. Dent & Sons
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The Natural History of Selborne

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by White, Gilbert
A century before Charles Darwin, decades before the French Revolution, Gilbert White began his lifelong habit of measuring and observing the world around his Hampshire home. Daily rainfall levels and temperature shifts were recorded with home-made instruments. Bird song and seasonal migrations were noted. The feeding habits of frogs, bats and mice were jotted into his diaries and nature journals, as were th...
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Orison for a Curlew

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by Clare, Horatio
The Slender-billed curlew is one of the world's rarest birds. A beautiful, fragile creature, it bredin Siberia and wintered in the Mediterraneanbasin, passing through the wetlands and estuariesof Italy, Greece, the Balkans and cental Asiatwice a year. Then, for mysterious reasons, thepopulation crashed.
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Country Matters

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by Leighton, Clare
In this book, originally published in 1937, the acclaimed writer and engraver Clare Leighton takes us on a tour of her favourite country subjects, from picking primroses and the local pub, to tramps and the flower show. With her senses perfectly attuned to her part of southern England in the Chiltern hills, Leighton gently explores rural culture and landscapes with affectionate pen-portraits and her wonderf...
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The Pattern Under the Plough

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by Evans, George Ewart
In 1948, shortly after settling with his family in the village of Blaxhall, Suffolk, George Ewart Evans started recording the conversations he had with neighbours, many of whom were born in the nineteenth century and had worked on farms before the arrival of mechanisation. He soon realised that below the surface of their stories were the remnants of an ancient, rural culture previously ignored by historians...
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The Mirror of the Sea

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by Conrad, Joseph
When Joseph Conrad was discharged from the clipper Torrens in London during the summer of 1893, his seafaring career was over. He had travelled the world by then, risen in rank from apprentice to captain, survived shipwreck and turbulent seas. But after nineteen years afloat he longed for the land, and wrote to his cousin of the 'uniform grey of my existence'. Once ashore, however, vivid memories of his pa...
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On Silbury Hill

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by Adam Thorpe
Longlisted for the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize - Silbury Hill in Wiltshire has inspired and perplexed people for generations. Artists and poets have fathomed their deepest thoughts searching for the hill's hidden meanings, archaeologists have tunnelled through earth for fragments that prove its purpose. But for all this human endeavour, Silbury Hill remains a mystery. We do know it is the largest prehis...
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The Shining Levels

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by Wyatt, John
John Wyatt first encountered the Lake District during a boyhood camping trip to Windermere. He was overwhelmed by the freedom of the landscape and the closeness to nature. It was as if he belonged here, amongst the fells, the crags, and the endless horizon. This call to the wild stayed with him, becoming so powerful that one day he did what many only dream of: he left a steady job and his town life to becom...
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Island Years, Island Farm

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by Darling, Frank Fraser
Unhappily land-locked in his early adult life, Frank Fraser Darling's fortunes changed when he began visiting Scotland's west coast in the 1930s. Surviving treacherous boat journeys, a broken leg, and hell-bent storms, he made temporary homes with his family on some of the remotest Hebridean islands so he could study the habits of grey seals and seabirds. The family finally settled on an abandoned croft in ...
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Four Hedges

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by Leighton, Clare
Clare Leighton was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, when she settled in the countryside with her long-term partner, the political journalist Henry Noel Brailsford, she turned her creativity to the land. Gardening became her passion. Her obsession. This is the story of the garden she carved from meadowland deep in the Chiltern Hills. 'Phrases and images fill you with deligh...
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Mermaids

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by Sophia Kingshill
Mermaids are blessed with one tail or two, as happy in freshwater as salt, and share an ancestry that stretches from the classical past to the present - a line of descent which predates Homer's sirens and will outlive those bloodthirsty nymphs in the Pirates of the Caribbean.The mermaid expresses our reliance on the sea as a source of food and trade, and speaks about the fear and fascination we have for tho...
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A Time from the World

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by Farre, Rowena
Rowena Farre led a double life while studying art in London as a young woman. For months on end she would disappear to Scotland or the English-Welsh borderlands, where she lived as part of a Gypsy community. Here she met different kinds of travellers - tramps and mumpers, tinkers and didikais, and the enigmatic Romanies - all living on the fringes of society. She found it an uncertain existence of hard ...
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