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Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey by Madeleine Bunting - £9.99
The Hebrides hold a remarkable place in the imaginations of Scotland and England. On the outer edge of the British Isles and facing the Atlantic Ocean, these iconic islands form part of Europe's boundary. Because of their unique position, they have b ... more
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The Secret Life of the Owl by John Lewis-Stempel - £7.99
‘Dusk is filling the valley. It is the time of the gloaming, the owl-light. Out in the wood, the resident tawny has started calling, Hoo-hoo-hoo-h-o-o-o.’  There is something about owls. They feature in every major culture from the Stone ... more
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The Vegan Cookbook by Adele McConnell - £9.99
Forget lack-lustre substitutes – award winning vegan-food blogger Adele McConnell celebrates all the wonderful foods that you can enjoy on a strictly vegan diet.  Combining nutrient-packed ingredients and innovative techniques, her mouthwateri ... more
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2018 Guide to the Night Sky: A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland by Storm Dunlop, Wil Tirion and the Royal Observatory Greenwich - £6.99
Best-selling and most comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere.  6 pages for each month covering January–December 2018. This practical guide is both an easy introduction to astronomy ... more
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Climate Wars: What People Will Be Killed For in the 21st Century by Harald Welzer - £12.99
Struggles over drinking water, new outbreaks of mass violence, ethnic cleansing, civil wars in the earth’s poorest countries, endless flows of refugees: these are the new conflicts and forces shaping the world of the 21st century. They no longer hi ... more
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A Most Deliberate Swindle: How Edwardian Fraudsters Pulled the Plug on the Electric Bus... by Mick Hamer - £10.99
"That London could have had electric buses a hundred years ago is extraordinary enough, but as Mick Hamer recounts with great panache, the reason it didn’t is even more extraordinary. This is a great tale, expertly told"(Michael Palin) On a war ... more
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Wild Cycling: A Pocket Guide to 50 Great Rides Off the Beaten Track in Britain by Chris Sidwells - £12.99
An illustrated guide to 50 great, original rides off the beaten track in Britain, carefully chosen by Chris Sidwells.   Here is plenty of inspiration for anyone who loves to ride off road and get out into the wild and stunning scenery of the B ... more
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Down to the River and Up to the Trees: Discover the Hidden Nature on Your Doorstep by Sue Belfrage - £9.99
In a stressful, chaotic world, many of us are turning to nature for a sense of serenity and happiness.  While the idea of the wild outdoors is enticing, though, our busy lives and our location can cause us to become detached from nature. Down t ... more
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The Wisdom of Trees Oracle by Jane Struthers - £14.99
They have been here long before we arrived on this planet, and will be here long after we are gone. The power and wisdom of trees have been noted by many cultures throughout history, from the image of the World Tree to the symbolism of the Tree of Li ... more
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The Little Guide to Butterflies by Tom Frost - £7.99
Enter the secret world of the butterfly with this handy pocket guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Little Guide to Butterflies offers a modern reference to identifying these glorious insects.   Featuring 40 of the most distinctive b ... more
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Working With Earth Energies: How To Tap into the Healing Powers of the Natural World by David Furlong - £8.99
Working with Earth Energies is the new book from leading healer and spiritual teacher, David Furlong, which tells you how to reconnect with the Earth and nature. He will teach you how to connect not only with plants and trees, but with sacred sites w ... more
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ReWild: The Art of Returning to Nature by Nick Baker - £16.99
"An ingenious and invigorating insight into the essential wildness within us all."(Chris Packham) As our busy, technology-driven lives become more sedentary we have become less connected to our natural surroundings. In these challenging times ... more
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The Fox Book by Jane Russ - £9.99
Wily, cunning and much debated, when it comes to foxes, we are a nation divided. The question of charming animal or dangerous pest has raged for centuries, and continues to this day.  The Fox Book is a must-have for all fox lovers, offering a unique ... more
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The Hen Harrier by Donald Watson - £18.99
An acknowledged classic of narrative nature-writing, Donald Watson's The Hen Harrier was the culmination of a lifetime's study of this beautiful upland bird. A gentle, warm and wonderfully written book, The Hen Harrier stems from an age of 'amateur' ... more
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Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes by Jules Aron - £18.99
From creamy and mild to sharp and sliceable, 60 dairy-free and delicious cheeses to make at home.  It isn’t necessary to be intimidated by the idea of making cheese—vegan cheese is simple and straightforward with clean, basic ingredients. ... more
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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal - £9.99
What separates your mind from the mind of an animal? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future - all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the pre-eminent species on Earth. But in ... more
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Clouds by Richard Hamblyn - £14.95
Clouds have been objects of delight and fascination throughout human history; their fleeting magnificence and endless variety have inspired scientists and daydreamers alike. Clouds and the ever-changing patterns they create have long symbolized the r ... more
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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil - £9.99
New York Times Bestseller   A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life - and threaten to rip apart our social fabric   We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions ... more
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Orison for a Curlew by Horatio Clare - £8.00
The Slender-billed curlew, Numenius tenuirostris, �the slim beak of the new moon�, is the world�s rarest birds.  It once bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, t ... more
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Good Food Eat Well: Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes by BBC Books - £4.99
Whether the rise for the popularity in vegan and vegetarian recipes is moral, financial or just that some people want to eat more plant-based meals, the Good Food team have made sure their recipes are balanced, nutritional and delicious.   In ... more
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The Art of Mindful Birdwatching: Reflections on Freedom & Being by Claire Thompson - £8.99
Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity ... more
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Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - And the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini - £12.99
From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story.  Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, p ... more
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Sprouted! Seeds, Grains and Beans by Lucy Bannell (Editor) - £6.99
Sprouted! is the perfect pocket introduction to a truly tasty trend. Fun to grow, tasty to eat, and bursting with nutrients, sprouts are an easy way to add a superfood boost to any dish. Sprouted! shows how simple it is to grow sprouted grains, beans ... more
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Vegan Recipes from the Middle East by Parvin Razavi - £18.99
Enjoyment, hospitality, tradition, creativity, sustainability and joy of life ̶ these starting points were the inspiration for this book.   The cooking of vegetables is treated with reverence in the lands that make up the rich and varied ta ... more
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Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv - £9.99
From the bestselling authority on connecting children with nature, a one-of-a-kind guide chock-full of practical ideas, advice and inspiration for creating a nature-rich life – for kids and grown-ups.   In his groundbreaking international bestse ... more
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson - £14.99
The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.  There’s no better guide through mind-expanding questions such as what the nature of space and time is, how we fit within the universe, ... more
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The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland by John Lewis-Stempel - £8.99
The Sunday Times Bestseller - SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2017   Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the ... more
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Words to Ride By: Thoughts on Bicycling by Michael Carabetta - £8.99
Notable luminaries throughout history have been inspired and humbled by the simple joy of riding a bicycle. For centuries, this powerful connection between people and bikes has driven humans forward as inventors, travelers, and thinkers.  From S ... more
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Farm to Table Asian Secrets: Vegan and Vegetarian Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season by Patricia Tanumihardja - £12.99
In this delightful Asian cookbook, you'll learn the secrets of vegetarian and vegan Asian cooking — how to blend flavors, textures, aromas and colors—to create full-flavored vegetarian dishes that are missing none of the umami normally associated ... more
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Linescapes: Remapping and Reconnecting Britain's Fragmented Wildlife by Hugh Warwick - £17.99
It is rare to find a landscape untouched by our lines – the hedges, walls, ditches and dykes built to enclose and separate; and the green lanes, roads, canals, railways and power lines, designed to connect. This vast network of lines has transforme ... more
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Tiny Campsites: 80 Small but Perfect Places to Pitch by Dixe Wills - £11.99
BBC Countryfile Magazine praised Dixe Wills for writing 'intelligently and amusingly, with evident excitement and imagination', qualities that he brings to Tiny Campsites.   Here he presents 80 of the loveliest and most diminutive places to cam ... more
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The Tree Climber's Guide by Jack Cooke - £8.99
A wonderful cocktail of engaging writing, beautiful illustration and heartfelt appreciation for the natural world. An essential oddity for any book collection.  In this charming, witty and exquisitely illustrated companion, Jack Cooke explores th ... more
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Wild Kingdom: Bringing Back Britain's Wildlife by Stephen Moss - £9.99
Can Britain make room for wildlife? Stephen Moss believes it can.   The newspaper headlines tell us that Britain’s wildlife is in trouble. It’s not just rare creatures that are vanishing, hares and hedgehogs, skylarks and water voles, even ... more
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Dancing with Trees: Eco-Tales from the British Isles by Allison Galbraith and Alette J. Willis - £9.99
The oral storytelling traditions of the British Isles have connected people to the land and to their plant and animal neighbours for centuries. This collection brings together story wisdom from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland that speaks to the ... more
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Guilt-Free Nice Cream: Over 70 Amazing Dairy-Free Ice Creams by Margie Broadhead - £12.99
Move over ice cream, hello nice cream! With over 70 fresh and vibrant recipes, Guilt-Free Nice Cream has everything you need to know about creating delicious and flavourful dairy-free nice cream.   Using bananas as the base, you simply add you ... more
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The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants: An A-Z of Healing Plants and Home Remedies by Monique S.J. Simmonds, Melanie-Jayne Howes and Jason Irving - £14.99
The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants is a beautifully illustrated giftable gardening reference book, which combines exquisite botanical illustrations with practical self-help projects. Every day sees a discovery in the press about the new use ... more
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Field Notes from the Edge by Paul Evans - £8.99
In Field Notes from the Edge, the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary', Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the ... more
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Science and Islam: A History by Ehsan Masood - £8.99
From Musa al-Khwarizmi who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad to al-Jazari, a 13th-century Turkish engineer whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft and the reciprocating piston, Science and Islam tells the story of one of history’s ... more
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Eat This, My Friend: Everyday Vegetarian Recipes for Sharing by Jade O'Donahoo - £10.00
60 meat-free and refined sugar-free recipes are presented across five chapters (breakfast, brunch, lunch, sides, dinner, and sweets). The dishes prioritise vegetables and wholefoods for simple food that nourishes you and tastes great.  Eat Th ... more
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The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming: Reflections for Zen Seekers by Tessa Wardley - £8.99
The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming explores how swimming in rivers, lakes, and seas is the very epitome of conscious living. Zen-seeker Tessa Wardley reconnects the physical and spiritual cycles of life to the changing seasons and flow of wild waters w ... more
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The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee - £8.99
Selected as a Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Economist, Independent, Observer and Mail on Sunday  THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK  The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful a ... more
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A Natural History of the Hedgerow: And Ditches, Dykes and Dry Stone Walls by John Wright - £9.99
It is difficult to think of a more quintessential symbol of the British countryside than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes, and home to oak and ash, field mice and butterflies. But as much as we might dream about f ... more
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The Metamorphosis of the World: How Climate Change is Transforming Our Concept of the World by Ulrich Beck - £12.99
We live in a world that is increasingly difficult to understand. It is not just changing: it is metamorphosing. Change implies that some things change but other things remain the same capitalism changes, but some aspects of capitalism remain as they ... more
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Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth - £14.99
Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist, an ardent environmentalist. He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as t ... more
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The Tesla Revolution: Why Big Oil is Losing the Energy War by Willem Middelkoop and Rembrandt Koppelaar - £15.99
Though oil prices have been on a downward trajectory in recent months, that doesn't obscure the fact that fossil fuels are finite, and we will eventually have to grapple with the end of their dominance. At the same time, however, skepticism about the ... more
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham - £8.99
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a ho ... more
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The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford - £10.99
A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings   Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relati ... more
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - £8.99
A frank, illuminating and incandescent memoir by a trailblazing scientist; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration in work and life; and a book that casts a whole new light on the natural world.   Lab Girl is a book about work and about ... more
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The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling - £10.99
Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the environment throughout history as much as th ... more
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Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison - £8.99
An evocative meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison.  Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves ... more
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Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant by Kyo Maclear - £12.99
‘Now when I hear birdsong, I feel an entry to that understory. When I am feeling too squeezed on the ground, exhausted by everything in my care, I look for a little sky. There are always birds flying back and forth, city birds flitting around our h ... more
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