//Natural History

  • Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

    Jenny Uglow

    What could be a happier conjunction of subject and writer than Lear and Uglow? And there is even one of his parrots on the cover. How pleasant to be Miss Uglow!

    This is the most ravishing biography of the season, gorgeously produced with decorative cloth boards quarter bound in wine-red cloth. The text is lavishly interspersed with reproductions of Lear’s marvellous landscapes and his drawings. Uglow’s sensitive approach links his nonsense poems – and drawings – to Lear’s life and character; she is gentle and not intrusive about his restless and complicated inner life, while setting him in the context of the Victorian art world. The extraordinary gifts of this most talented and unusual man are shown in endless flashes of humour – the sense of the absurd that matched his melancholy – as at the end of a postcard: “… must go now and draw a kangaroo…”. How pleasant to know Mr Lear rather better than before.

     

    Hardback £25.00
  • Roger Caillois: La Lecture des Pierres

    Massimiliano Gioni

    This wonderful book (text in French) is published by the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Caillois was a surrealist in the 1930s who took to collecting rare mineral forms, “pierres curieuses qui attirent l’attention par quelque anomalie…” The book consists of photographs of his collection together with his accompanying texts. Beautifully produced, it shows ravishing slices through semi-precious stones, most of which are suggestive of something else: a shoreline, trees, dunes, Chinoiserie gold and black lacquer buildings with figures and birds, a medieval German town by a lake, ghosts, a slice of bacon…

    Hardback £55.00
  • The Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate- Discoveries From A Secret World

    Peter Wohlleben , foreword by Timothy Flannery

    The author is a German forester whose sympathetic account of how trees behave like families has already been a bestseller in Europe. Tree parents prefer to live with their children, apparently. They have children relatively young and are useful as grandparents. With age their crowns thin and they expand around the middle… (We look forward to learning how the teenagers scarper.) This is an absolutely fascinating and extremely readable account of how trees create their own ideal environments and maintain them for centuries, if left to their own devices. A walk in the woods will never be the same again for anyone who reads this.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Arboreal: A Collection Of Words From The Wood

    Edited by Adrian Cooper

    Essays on boskiness by an eclectic range of authors and artists – Ali Smith, David Nash, Kathleen Jamie, William Boyd, Richard Skelton, Richard Mabey, Germaine Greer and many others.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Cols and Passes of the British Isles

    Graham Robb

    O the grand old Duke of York, he had 10,000 men… By the author of the wonderful The Discovery of France.

    Hardback £20.00
  • English Voices: Lives, Landscapes, Laments 1985 – 2015

    Ferdinand Mount

    Taking a rolling English road through our literary and political greats, this is an anthology of some of Mount’s best essays, from Amis to Woolf via Mosley, Pepys & Ransome.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Upstream: Selected Essays

    Mary Oliver

    Reflective essays that move back and forth between Whitman, Emerson, a spider’s web, ponds, woods, Frost, Poe, love, wild creatures, with the same close and gracious observation of nature as found in Oliver’s poetry.

    Hardback £17.99
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

    Peter Godfrey-Smith

    Cephalopods rank with mammals for higher intelligence and show not only memory but a capacity to learn. A compelling scientific study by a philosopher.

    Hardback £20.00