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0297824694_m.gif (17182 bytes)Cotswold Landscapes
Synopsis ~ Within the area of the Cotswolds, there are high hills, steep escarpments, rolling uplands, wooded coombs, swift-flowing streams, ancient sites and stately homes. But more than anything else, it is the local stone, limestone, that gives the region its distinctive character, having effect on both the landscape and architecture. In this book, the topographical team of Rob Talbot and Robin Whiteman aims to capture the varied landscapes of the Cotswolds.

In Memory of England
Synopsis ~ This is a description of England by the novelist Peter Vansittart, beginning with the mythical land of Albion, of Jack the Giant Killer, Arthur and Merlin. This idealized view of England informs his account of the more conventional heroes and villains, oppressions and advances in this island.


0753802074_m.gif (25378 bytes)The Peak District
Synopsis ~ The Peak District marks the transition from lowland to highland England and its landscape comprises two strongly contrasting elements - the gritstone of the Dark Peak and the lighter limestone of the White Peak. This is a photographic journey through this part of England.

A Dictionary of English Place-names
Synopsis ~ From Abbas Combe to Zennor, this "Dictionary of English Place-Names" gives the meaning and origin of over 12,000 place-names, tracing their development from earliest times to the present day. A reference for the tourist or local historian, it should also be of value to anyone interested in the names of English towns and villages.


1857999290_m.gif (22664 bytes)East Anglia and the Fens
Synopsis ~ Renowned for its lights and uninterrupted skies, the spectacular and breathtaking scenery of East Anglia is steeped in mysticism and the traditions of a people whose way of life is dominated by the land on which they live. This book captures the essence of the region.

Poldark's Cornwall
Synopsis ~ Winston Graham's saga of Cornish life in the 18th century has established itself as a classic. Much of the Cornwall that forms the background to the novels has changed little since those days. This book describes the county that inspired him and tells how the TV epic came to be made.


0316905623_m.gif (17605 bytes)Cadfael Country
Synopsis ~ By the authors of "The Cotswolds", "The English Lakes" and "Shakespeare'sAvon" this book is a celebration of the world of Ellis Peters and the medieval sleuth she has created, Brother Cadfael. It takes the form of an historical pilgrimage through the wild border county of Shropshire.


Dorset Walks
Review ~ Andrew Watson <> from the back of a Boeing 767 , 2 April, 1999
Highly recommended for all walkers, serious or otherwise. Like all the OS/Jarrold Pathfinder guides, this compilation of 28 walks in Dorset is excellent. My only small complaint - some sort of lay-flat binding (a spiral binding perhaps?) would make it easier to use. However, this is true of almost all walking guides. For content and presentation these Jarrold/OS guides can't be beaten.


1857999304_m.gif (24616 bytes)Wessex
Synopsis ~ "Partly real, partly dream", wrote Thomas Hardy of the Wessex landscape, a description that still holds true today. This is a sumptuously illustrated tour of a region with a rich literary heritage, lush landscape, fine local architecture and intriguing history and myths.

Ordnance Survey Cycle Tours: Avon, Somerset & Wiltshire
Synopsis ~ A guide to 24 cycle tours in Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire, highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger mapping at a scale of 1:50,000, with directions alongside. Additional information includes an introduction to the locality of each route, places of interest, and refreshment stops.


The National Trust Guide
Synopsis ~ This comprenhensive guide is fully illustrated. It offers detailed information of all the National Trust properties, from the great country houses such as Kedleston Hall and the world famous gardens of Sissinghurst, to the lesser known oddities such as the last water-driven spade mill in Ireland and a 16 sided house in Devon.


0900558318_m.gif (12575 bytes)Gardens of England and Wales: 1999
Reviews / Book Jacket ~ "The Yellow Book invites us to share other people's dream, often take home ideas, and so, like a yeast its influence permeates many gardens, whether they are included in this unique publication or not." -- Beth Chatto
"The Yellow Book is such a byword among all lovers of gardens that no one would ever dreams of going out without it whenever they move outside their own homes. It is indispensable." --Christopher Lloyd
"Visiting other people's gardens is as crucial to gardening as feeding the plants or dead-heading a rose. The Yellow Book is invaluable by annually pointing us in the right direction." --Mirabel Osler
"There's nothing like going around other people's garden to provide you with inspiration for your own. The National Gardens Scheme's Yellow Book is a mine of information." --Alan Titchmarsh


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