/British Isles
  • A Short History of England

    Dominic Caldecott

    A highly articulate, intelligent and entertaining look at the history of England, with a somewhat idiosyncratic approach. Politics, trade, government and culture are Caldecott’s bread and butter here, and his sweep is extremely enjoyable – and stimulating: he ends, for instance, his initial and very brief chapter on prehistory thus: “The particular relevance of Roman Britain to English history lies in the English aristocracy’s adoption of the same Augustan culture during its eighteenth-century hegemony”. Privately published.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Origins of the Anglo-Saxons: Decoding the Ancestry of the English

    Jean Manco

    From the author of the remarkable ‘Ancestral Journeys’. Cutting-edge DNA technology, micro-archaeology and linguistics are employed with dazzling effect.

    Hardback £19.95
  • Ghost Wall

    Sarah Moss

    A descent into uncanny England: a teenage girl and her parents live in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology…. Unnerving stuff from a fine writer.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Sentinels of the Sea: A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past

    R G Grant

    Don’t we all dream of a little place by the sea…? Photographs, plans, elevations, but most astonishing are the sections of these architectural wonders.

    Hardback £19.95
  • English: The Story of how Weather, Wonky Teeth and Marmite Made us Who We Are

    Ben Fogle

    Patrick Leigh Fermor held that the glories of Irish literature are simply an escape from the cruel realities of the national table, and that there would have been no Italian Baroque without pasta. No wonder so many English became adventurers, and that as many as possible of the rest headed for the Riviera.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Recent Past

    Edited by Robin Ravilious, introduction by John Hatt, photographs by James Ravilious

    Eric’s son James spent his working life photographing rural Devon. This is a splendid selection of his superb work, mostly photographed within a ten mile radius of his home. An extraordinary record of a vanished way of life, and demonstrating a rare intimacy with his subjects.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations

    Simon Jenkins

    Our cathedrals and humbler chapels of travel.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Oak and Ash and Thorn: The Ancient Woods and New Forests of Britain

    Peter Fiennes

    As Edward Thomas put it, “trees and us – imperfect friends, we men/And trees since time began”. A history of English woodland, both natural and literary – snatches of Housman, Kipling, Keats, and a fine piece of arboreal propaganda. Anyone who can come up with “that vandal, Wordsworth” can only be rewarding…

    Hardback £16.99
  • Natural Selection: a Year in the Garden

    Dan Pearson

    A gardener’s year, moving back and forth between his former garden in Peckham (which he loved but in which he eventually became “pot-bound”) to airier space on a south-facing, weather-prone Somerset slope. Mostly drawn from the column he wrote for the Observer for a decade, this book is a great and lasting pleasure. Pearson is a knowledgeable plantsman too and continually trails seductive beauties before the mind’s eye. And a romantic: he, like Vita Sackville-West, came upon pink tiger lilies growing amongst Astrantia in the Pyrenees…

    Hardback £20.00