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Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heritage of Britain
Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heritage of Britain
by Philip Walling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A charming celebration of Britain's pastoral heritage., 10 Jun 2014
This country's fortunes were once founded on sheep, and they are still part of the fabric of the countryside.

"Sheep are in our national blood," writes sheep farmer turned barrister Philip Walling. "They are part of the life of the land that still pulses beneath the surface of modern Britain."

He profiles the native breeds of sheep and learns about their past, talks to the shepherds and farmers, and confronts the modern realities of sheep farming.

A charming celebration of Britain's pastoral heritage.


Meadowland: the private life of an English field
Meadowland: the private life of an English field
by John Lewis-Stempel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poetic and plangent narrative, 10 Jun 2014
"A meadow is not a natural habitat," farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel believes, "it is a relationship between nature, man and beast." In this intimate account of 'the private life of an English field', Lewis-Stempel records the passing seasons in an ancient meadow on his farm "in the far west of Herefordshire, where England runs out".

For him, this meadow is a magical place, "a vast square stage in which I am the last person on earth ... the sort of field where, as you step in, you breathe out". It is a place where he can muse on the cycle of birth, life and death in the natural world, in a poetic and plangent narrative. "This is how it is," he concludes, "has been, and shall be evermore".


Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands
Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands
by Andrew Fusek Peters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild swimming helps rediscover him a thirst for life, 10 Jun 2014
A lyrical account of a year of wild swimming in the borderlands of Shropshire and Wales, by 'Britain's tallest poet' Andrew Fusek Peters. He is refreshingly candid about his battle with depression, and how his love of wild swimming and "the water that heals, restores, fills me with glow-worm gladness" helped him rediscover his thirst for life.


The Creamery Kitchen: Easy step-by-step recipes for making fresh dairy products at home, including butter, yogurt, labneh, sour cream, cream cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese, feta and much more!
The Creamery Kitchen: Easy step-by-step recipes for making fresh dairy products at home, including butter, yogurt, labneh, sour cream, cream cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese, feta and much more!
by Jenny Linford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple-to-follow recipes show even the most clueless cooks how easy it is to extend their culinary repertoire, 9 April 2014
There is nothing to beat home-made food for tastiness and the satisfaction one gets from making something from scratch. Food writer Jenny Linford explains the age-old methods of making fresh butters, yogurts, creams and soft cheeses at home, with simple-to-follow recipes and mouthwatering photos, and shows even the most clueless cooks how easy it is to extend their culinary repertoire.


The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
The Lake District Murder (British Library Crime Classics)
by John Bude
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rattlingly good detective yarn, 13 Mar 2014
Straight from the 1930s golden age of crime fiction it may be, but you can forget any country house ‘body-in-the-library’ business or contrived killings on continent-crossing trains.

First published in 1935, this Lakes-set murder mystery about good, honest, painstaking policing is pitched in a credible, living and working Lake District. The discovery of a body at an isolated north Lakes garage could be suicide, or something more sinister: why was the dead man planning a move abroad and why had he more in his bank account than a share in a wayside garage would have generated?

Bude – not his real name – wrote a succession of whodunits set in the more appealing parts of Britain (cleverly drawing in both crime novel readers, and those liking the locations). Happily he doesn’t fall into the trap of turning his books into a part-travelogue, and here shows a deep love of the Lakes and its everyday inhabitants.

In fact, Kent-born Ernest Carpenter Elmore (aka John Bude) went on to write thirty crime novels in all, worked as a theatre producer and director, and four years before his death in 1957 co-founded the Crime Writers’ Association.

The British Library has wisely republished his first two novels, The Cornish Coast Murder and this one, to introduce him to a whole new generation of readers. And you do get the best of both worlds here – learning more about genuine Lakeland life of the times (and the area in which it is placed, including Keswick, Whitehaven and Maryport), plus it’s a rattlingly good detective yarn.
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Soup Night
Soup Night
by Maggie Stuckey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.51

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should help to popularise a largely American idea that deserves to be better known in the UK, 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: Soup Night (Paperback)
Soup Nights, in which members of a community take turns to have ‘open house’ for friends and neighbours to meet and chat over a simple yet hearty supper, are a great way to spend time together as well as building community ties. This collection of ninety-odd tasty recipes plus tips on starting your own soup night should help to popularise a largely American idea that deserves to be better known in this country.


Pumpkins & Squashes: Over 100 Sweet and Savoury Seasonal Recipes
Pumpkins & Squashes: Over 100 Sweet and Savoury Seasonal Recipes
by Janet Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of recipes for all kinds of dishes, 27 Feb 2014
Over a hundred recipes for pumpkins, squashes and courgettes (including different and more recent varieties such as butternut, kabocha and patty pans), covering soups, stews, sauces, breads, cakes, pickles and jams.


Photographing Nature in Action
Photographing Nature in Action
by Arnold Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to take great photos of moving animals, 27 Feb 2014
Professional biologist and passionate photographer Arnold Wilson shows how to take great photos of animals moving on land and in air or water. He explains the fundamentals of good wildlife photography; informs about the animal's biology to give a greater appreciation of how best to capture its movement; and shares ideas on setting up and taking photos in their natural environments, as well as in more controlled settings such as an aquarium or home-made flight tunnel.


Norfolk Gardens & Designed Landscapes
Norfolk Gardens & Designed Landscapes
by Patsy Dallas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for garden historian and Norfolk residents alike, 27 Feb 2014
An exploration of garden history and landscape architecture in Norfolk, with a detailed description of over 300 of the best gardens in the county.


Homegrown Honey Bees
Homegrown Honey Bees
by Alethea Morrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute beginner's guide to help novice beekeepers through their first year, 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: Homegrown Honey Bees (Paperback)
An absolute beginner’s guide to beekeeping, with all the essential information (illustrated by ‘how-to’ photographs) to guide novice beekeepers through their first year, from establishing a hive to the honey harvest.


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