A BOOK TO READ

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An Astronomer’s Tale (Fildes, £16.99) GARY FILDES ISN’T YOUR AV­ER­AGE ASTRONOMER – HE WORKED AS A BRICK­LAYER FOR 25 YEARS BE­FORE ACT­ING ON HIS LIFE-LONG PAS­SION. IN HIS BOOK, THE FOUNDER OF KIELDER OB­SER­VA­TORY IN NORTHUM­BER­LAND URGES US TO “PUT ASIDE OUR WOR­RIES, LOOK UP AND FEEL PART OF AN IN­CRED­I­BLE UNI­VERSE”.

The Botan­i­cal Wall Chart (Ilex Press, £25) DOC­U­MENT­ING THE AGE OF BOTAN­I­CAL IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS DUR­ING THE 19TH CEN­TURY, WHEN SCI­EN­TISTS USED THIS MEDIUM TO DOC­U­MENT TRAV­ELS FOR A PUB­LIC CLAM­OUR­ING FOR KNOWL­EDGE, THIS BOOK CON­TAINS WALL CHARTS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE COL­LATED BY BOTANIST ANNA LAU­RENT.

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