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16 Great Britain

69173 BRITAIN’S COASTLINE by Jerome Monahan

This collection of stunning photographs displays the grandeur and majestic beauty of Britain’s coastline. From the White Cliffs of Dover to the Giant’s Causeway, these images show why it has played an important part in Britain’s history and has such a valued role in our national heritage. South-east England, from the Thames Estuary to the Solent, is dotted with dockyards, coastal forts and castles, testament to the need of the British to defend themselves over the centuries. The glorious Jurassic sweep of south-west England has a strong maritime history. Wide open skies, reed-fringed marshes and magnificent beaches characterise the coastline of East Anglia. The Yorkshire coast has a craggy grandeur, while that of the north-east includes the stunning estuaries of the Tyne, Wear and Tees. More than two-thirds of the British coastline is located in Scotland and its offshore islands, blessed with amazing natural features. In Northern Ireland the Antrim Coast Road regularly features in lists of the best-loved scenery in the British Isles and the

beauties of Wales, too, are not forgotten in this all-

encompassing book. 128 very large pages very lavishly

illustrated in superb colour. £20 NOW £9

to the Roman city of Bath. Covering the Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale, here are hot spots like Odda’s Chapel, Tewkesbury, Slimbridge and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and beautiful monasteries, chapels, churches and cathedrals like that of Gloucester, many packed with historical importance. With tea rooms listed, useful information, an A-Z of places to visit and things to do, shopping, outdoor activities, local events and festivals and special interest places for children. 256pp in small square softback packed with colour photos. £4.99 NOW £2.50


SOUTH DOWNS AND COAST by Tim and Anne Locke Chichester and Arundel, Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne, Rye and Hastings and the Hampshire Downs - with chalk downs that stretch from Winchester to Beachy Head - superb

seaside resorts not to mention historic towns, fantastic walking and cycling, our A-Z guide gives you everything you need to have a great time. Includes the proposed area for the South Downs National Park, an A-Z of places to visit and things to do, reviews of the best pubs and tea rooms, special interests for children, shopping, outdoor activities, local events and festivals. Bodiam Castle, the Kent and East Sussex Railway, Bill’s Tearooms at Lewes, hot spots and unmissable attractions, Tourist Information Centres and useful information listed. 256 page small square softback packed with colour photos. £4.99 NOW £2.50

69113 LAND’S END by W. H. Hudson

First published in 1908 this classic book is subtitled ‘A Naturalist’s Impressions in West Cornwall’. The author is best known perhaps for ‘Green Mansions’, a romance set in the wilds of South America. He died in London in 1922 although he was Argentinean born. Not a book about wave-battered western extremities of Britain, this is a book about the flora and fauna, animal,

bird and plant life of the Cornish coastline. It is also about the Cornish people and their distinctive, quasi- independent identity which seems to fascinate the author greatly. He records his impressions of the people, their farms, the town of Penzance, the manners and morals, local sense of humour and what he terms ‘the poetic spirit’ of Cornwall. 191pp in paperback. £12 NOW £4

69176 DISCOVER LANDSCAPES: Landmarks of

Britain by Lisa Pritchard Big glossy colour photos in a slim 32 page overview of our beautiful isle. Features all the highlights like Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, the Cutty Sark, Kew Gardens, Winchester, Cambridge, Blackpool, Liverpool, Iron Bridge,

the Angel of the North, Lindesfarne, Hadrian’s Wall, the Gower peninsular, Cardiff, Portmeirion, Edinburgh, to Loch Ness. These images show why Britain’s varied landscape and architecture is such a valued part of the national heritage. £6.99 NOW £3.50


BRITAIN’S COAST by Reader’s Digest Severn Beach is our unexpected starting point for this sprint round Britain’s coastline, taking in over 1000 beautiful, historic or just plain quirky landmarks. Proceeding anti-clockwise along the south-west coastal path, we visit elegant Clevedon with its Georgian terraces, then head south-west to Cornwall via dizzying Porlock Hill and the wilderness of Braunton Burrows. Rounding Land’s End past St Michael’s Mount and Dawlish Warren with its seafront mainline railway, we forge ahead along the south coast with detours to the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. A special feature focuses on coastal strongholds, then we are up and away past Tilbury Dock, Clacton pier, disappearing Dunwich and all the other East Anglian settlements threatened by the North Sea tides. The Humber Bridge and Spurn Head signal the north, with Dracula’s Whitby and John of Gaunt’s Dunstanburgh Castle looming ahead and Cuthbert’s Holy Island as the gateway into Scotland. St. Andrews’ golf links and Cullen, home of the delicious Skink, are followed by John o’ Groats, Orkney and Shetland. Down again past the Hebrides

and Gretna Green we are back in England, skirting the Lakes, treacherous Morecambe Bay and nearby Heysham with its Viking graves and nuclear power station. After the great Welsh castles of Caernarvon and Manorbier, here are the Severn bridges to get us back to our starting point. 100 gorgeous colour photos, over 40 maps. 320pp, softback. £14.99 NOW £7.50



edited by Alan Duckworth In the 1801 census Blackburn had an astonishing 7,000 cotton handlooms, and one of the 16 articles in this collection by local historians tells the story of the Hartley family’s 261 years in the textile industry. As the handloom was superseded by the power loom

many workers were laid off and the town became a centre for the revolutionary workers’ Chartist movement. In parallel with textiles was the development of transport, and the Leeds and Liverpool canal reached the town in 1810. Mike Clarke tells the story of the local boatyards in their heyday and their gradual decline as motorised transport came in. A fascinating source for 19th century history is the diary of Charles Tiplady who became a local councillor and alderman. A strong Conservative, he is contrasted with his contemporary George Dewhurst, a notable radical who campaigned for electoral reform. A 20th century insight is provided by the experiences of Ashok Chudasama, who arrived in Blackburn from Tanzania in 1964 and was shocked by the cold and the living conditions in a two-up two-down cottage. “Workers’ Playtime” tells the story of holidays in Morecambe and trips to the Lyceum Theatre, and The Early History of Calderstones describes the unfeeling regime imposed on “mental defectives”. 192pp, paperback, b/w photos. £9.99 NOW £3



edited by John Billingsley Sandwiched between the northern Peak District and the South Pennines, Calderdale is one of the country’s most atmospheric regions, with the opulent architecture of industrial centres like Halifax sitting close to the uplands of Heptonstall

and Saddleworth Moor. Prehistoric Calderdale lingers in artefacts such as the flints found on Midgley Moor with its hengeiform earth circle, while in recent times the ancient spirit of the region has been invoked by the poet Ted Hughes, whose verse captures the essence of his native Mytholmroyd. Among the 12 articles which make up this fascinating local history, 17th century vernacular architecture is examined in “Hearts, circles, diamonds and scrolls” while “Lady behind the Lens” celebrates the work of Hebden Bridge photographer Alice Longstaff, who was born in 1907 and chose a very unusual career for a woman of her era. The Warley Maypole, which made its appearance in the 1860s, proved a controversial addition to the community, and was frowned upon by some puritanical local residents. Other topics covered include Alderson’s Brewery, the Chartist Benjamin Wilson and the visit of three African Chiefs in 1895. 160pp, softback, numerous b/w photos. £9.99 NOW £3


LOCAL HISTORY edited by Sue Wilson Gateway to the Lake District, a thriving 19th century port and a centre of the Roman Catholic religion in the days when it was suppressed, Lancaster is a beautiful town with a rich history. These 12 chapters, each by an expert on local history, bring the town alive from a variety of angles. One of the most

famous local stories is the trial of the Pendle Witches in 1612. The story revolves round two families, led by blind “Demdike” and Anne Whittle, known as “Chattox” because she was always talking to herself. Ultimately ten witches were condemned in a horrifying muddle of conflicting evidence and hysteria. A prominent local industry in the 19th century was stained glass, not only for church windows but also the domestic stained glass popular in the Arts and Crafts era. St Anne’s church was built in 1795 by Robert Housman, an ancestor of the poet, and became known as a “hotbed of Dissent”. Housman’s preaching style was copied from the famous actor David Garrick so it seems fitting that the church became a theatre in the 1950s. In the 18th century Lancaster developed into a busy port where the slave trade flourished, while water-power from the local hills made it a major centre for corn-milling. 160pp, softback, b/w photos.

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AROUND SOUTH YORKSHIRE by Joan and Mel Jones South Yorkshire is not considered a tourist area but this book reveals what superb rewards can be found by inquisitive explorers. As medieval deer parks gave way to country houses, the Elizabethan formal garden came into its own,

with several superb examples in the region, including Hodsock, famous for its snowdrops. One of South Yorkshire’s greatest mansions is Wentworth Woodhouse, a 17th century Baroque house which was replaced in the 18th century by today’s vast Palladian mansion. The 19th century vogue for “naturalness” influenced Sheffield Botanical Garden and the luxuriant acres of Brodsworth and Wortley Halls. Impressive walled kitchen gardens can still be seen at Cannon Hall, where there are espaliered pear trees, and further south, the Duke of Portland’s kitchen garden at Welbeck Abbey covered 20 acres. Renishaw Hall house and gardens has been the Sitwells’ family seat since the 17th century and although Sir George Sitwell is most famous as the father of the eccentric literary trio Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell, he

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was also a devotee of Italian gardens and created his own beautiful example. Not far away, Hillsborough Park is in public ownership and in World War II was given over to the “Dig for Victory” campaign. The book concludes with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton Hall. Paperback, 160pp, colour photos. £12.99 NOW £4

69078 MORE LONDON PECULIARS: Being Curious

Corners of a Capital City by Peter Ashley

In this second volume of London Peculiars, a writer and photographer digs just a little bit deeper into the patina of London’s past, revealing the rich patterns that make it the most exciting capital city on earth.

The truly odd is explored and puzzled over. For instance, can you imagine recycling ambulance stretchers as council flat railings? Or a colourful Wild West icon presenting the pipe of peace to pedestrians in St James’s? Or how about a dazzling display from London’s one and only lighthouse? The author’s camera also discovers a city’s occupations that have, quite literally, disappeared, but that nevertheless leave tantalising evidence of their existence. An essential book for all those who enjoy living in, visiting or ultimately just love London. 120 larger pages absolutely bursting with colour and b/w photos. £15.99 NOW £5

69174 COTSWOLD VILLAGES by John Mannion and Stephen Dorey

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds are famous for their ancient villages and bustling market towns. Almost every town and village has a

beautiful medieval church. In this stunning record, an experienced professional photographer takes you on an insider’s tour of this fascinating region, capturing the pubs full of character, the historic churches, the beautiful gardens and elegant manor houses. Among the classic villages to discover are Bibury, described by William Morris as being the most beautiful village in England, Slad, the childhood home of the author Laurie Lee, Bourton-on-the-Water with its wonderful bridges spanning the river Windrush, and the Slaughters, which hug the banks of the tiny River Eye. The honey-coloured limestone of the traditional buildings, broad-leaved deciduous woodland, slow-flowing rivers and pastoral scenery all combine to make up what to many is an unbeatable landscape that is typically English. 96 large pages with lovely colour plates and map. £12.99 NOW £6



Using quality sepia photographs from the archives of the Hulton Picture Library and the famous Picture Post Magazine, here is a panorama of people and places in England’s Red Rose county. John O’Gaunt’s Gateway, Lancaster Castle, the hills and moors of North

Lancashire, the piers and Winter Gardens at Morecambe and Blackpool, Mahatma Ghandi visiting Lancashire to study the textile industry in 1931, Wigan which was dubbed Coalopolis, football, transport, Manchester manufacturing, pigeon fancying, pudding making, a packed Cavern Club in 1963, Liverpool at war. Dozens of images in 32 pages. Large softback. £6.99 NOW £3.50


DISTRICT by Simon Kirwan Located between some of the UK’s greatest cities - Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby - the Peak District is an upland area of wonderful contrasts, from the

bleak beauty of the windswept north to the dreamy pastoral scenery of the Dove valley in the south, where the peaceful waters of the river inspired Sir Izaak Walton to write his great work on fly-fishing. In the early 20th century, this area became a battleground for early ‘right to roam’ campaigners because many of the most dramatic upland areas were off-limits to all but the invited guests of the landowners. In 1932 a ‘mass trespass’ was organised when 400 ramblers set off from Hayfield to climb Kinder Scout. Although they were met by gamekeepers and some were imprisoned, this was a key moment in the opening up of Britain’s countryside. 20 years later, the Peak District National Park was created, covering an area of 550 square miles. Today it is the fourth largest national park in England and Wales and has a host of attractions for visitors, many of which are a legacy of its industrial past. In this splendid work, an award-winning photographer captures the spectacular scenery, covering the national park and the surrounding area. From the dramatic edges and escarpments of Hen Cloud and the Roaches overlooking the Cheshire Plain to the pretty villages and market towns that characterise the region, these photos will enable you to explore the best-loved beauty spots without ever leaving the comfort of your armchair! 128 very large pages in glorious colour with map. £20 NOW £9


LANDSCAPES by John Potter

Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast stretches from Staithes in the north to Spurn Point in the south - the long finger of

land which forms the northern bank of the dramatic Humber estuary. This beautiful coastline is blessed with high, rugged cliffs, the stunning fishing villages of Robin Hood Bay and Whitby, narrow river inlets and peaceful sandy bays. The long-distance footpath of Cleveland Way hugs the coast from the old smuggling villages of Saltburn and finishes south of Scarborough at Filey, on the way passing through some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Here are extensive colonies of wading birds including Curlew, Golden Plover and Lapwings and on the moors are found peregrines and the rarely seen Merlin, once the hunting bird of noblewomen in the Middle Ages. To the west, the national park is bounded by both the Hambleton and the Cleveland Hills. The author James Herriot once described the


breathtaking view from Sutton Bank as the finest in England. Here too is the magnificent Rievaulx Abbey. York-based photographer John Potter takes us on a breathtaking journey through every season to events like the Pickering Traction Engine Rally and peaceful havens like the village of Lastingham. A big volume of 128pp with glorious colour photos throughout plus map. £20 NOW £9


by John Potter

The Yorkshire Dales National Park, which straddles the Pennines in northern England, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The

picturesque market towns and villages which are scattered across this sparsely populated region play an important part in maintaining the special atmosphere unique to Dales life. An award-winning photographer takes you on an insider’s tour of the Dales villages and, in a series of splendid photographs uncovers the beauty and charm of each small town and village. In so doing, he manages to capture all the unique pleasures of country life: fell racing, agricultural shows, unusual pubs and events centred around historic churches. Here, the villages nestle amidst typical Dales scenery of drystone walls and barns, or lie close to stark limestone escarpments. In the centre of each is a pub, church or beck with, clustered around it, the stone-built houses so typical of the region. From Appletreewick to Yockenthwaite and from Askrigg to Kettlewell, you will be charmed. 96 large pages lavishly illustrated with outstanding colour plates and map. £12.99 NOW £6



by Hilary Ellis and Simon Kirwan In an eye-catching collection the spectacular scenery of Wales is captured in a series of stunning aerial images by a leading photographer. He provides a bird’s eye view of its beautiful mountains, valleys, coastline, towns and villages and shows you the country as you have never seen it before. The

north coast became popular after visits by poets and artists including Wordsworth and Turner. The Lleyn Peninsula is an area which appeals to tourists who wish to get off the beaten track. Linking Snowdonia with the Brecon Beacons in the south are the quiet valleys of mid-Wales, where market towns cluster around the scenic rivers of the Severn, Wye and Usk. Many of these towns are famous for their Georgian architecture. The lovely south-west coast includes the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Britain’s only truly coastal national park and a major attraction to the tourists who are drawn to its rugged coastline. Here too is St Davids - Britain’s smallest city. Altogether a feast of beauty. 128 very large pages illustrated in gorgeous colour with map. £20 NOW £9

69273 WALES’ 1,000 BEST

HERITAGE SITES by Terry Breverton Wales has a history virtually unknown to the rest of the world. For instance it boasts the longest unbroken period of Christianity in Europe and a thousand saints from the so-called Dark Ages of the 5th to the 7th centuries, whose names are still imprinted on the landscape. It has the greatest

density of places of worship in the world and, by contrast, it was the veritable cradle of the global Industrial Revolution. For this outstanding work, the 1,000 best sites have been chosen by today’s most prolific writer on the heritage of Wales, resulting in a selection of the places that, for him, symbolise the history and culture of the nation. Here are the oldest mineral mines in Europe, prehistoric megaliths, and Iron Age hill forts. Here are remains of Roman occupation, 6th century holy wells, medieval castle- building and Elizabethan gardens, not to mention the oldest monastery in the world and a human treadmill! 224 paperback pages with superb colour and b/w plates.

£17.99 NOW £7 69274 WALES: In the Golden Age of Picture

Postcards by David Gwynn The Prince of Wales’s Feathers, the Dragon of Cadwaladr, the leek, national costume, people carrying baskets, a miner, ladies in very tall black hats wearing capes and taking tea are among the instantly recognisable images that begin this super volume. Here are dozens of humorous Welsh postcards where English speakers made fun of the tongue-twisting nature of Welsh place names like Penllithrigywrach. There are some truly beautiful picture postcards of spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and resorts and great castles to visit in Wales, getting to the top of Snowdon where at the summit there was a railway station and a café, the waterfalls around Snowdonia and the road from Bangor to Conwy which passes through the picturesque community of Llanfairfechan and much more. 96 page large paperback packed with sepia and hand tinted old

postcards. £12.99 NOW £6

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