Capture the Castle, British Artists and the Castle from Turner
to Le Brun is a terrific volume of exquisite paintings and illustrations which will appeal to all. ( Sansome, 176pp, hardback, £ 25).
Wild Flowers by Rosamond Richardson is a well- illustrated treasury of traditions, superstitions, remedies and literature. ( National Trust, 280pp, hardback, £ 12.99).
Children in the First World War
by Mike Brown is the latest in the splendid Britain’s Heritage series, packed full of colourful illustrations. ( Amberley, 64pp, paperback, £ 8.99).
Children in the Second World
War by Amanda HerbertDavies is an excellent collection of entertaining youthful memories from the Home Front. ( Pen & Sword, 198pp, paperback, £ 12.99).
In Lipsticks and Library
Books, Jackie Winter tells the story of the Boots Booklovers Library. ( Chantries, 142pp, paperback, £ 7). Hares by Nancy Jennings is a superb colourful account of our native fleetfooted animal. ( RSPB, 128pp, paperback, £ 9.99).
Hudson’s Historic Houses and
Gardens is a magnificent encyclopedia giving details of all the UK’s museums and heritage sites. Gloriously illustrated, it is a work of art in itself. ( Hudson’s, 408pp, paperback, £ 16.99).
The Winter Fortress, Neal Bascombe tells the thrilling story of how SOE- trained commandos destroyed the Nazis’ nuclear weapons programme which was being perfected in the mountains of Norway. ( Head of Zeus, 378pp, paperback, £ 9.99).
Borders is a touching account of how Annie Louisa Harrison’s Jewish grandmother escaped from Nazi Germany and lived to be 100. ( Brewin, 64pp, paperback, £ 7.95). Small Island by Little Train is a narrow- gauge adventure by Chris Arnot, covering 16 different railways in England, Scotland and Wales. ( AA, 320pp, hardback, £ 16.99).
The Golden Age of the Garden
is an 18th- and 19th- century horticultural miscellany edited by Claire Cock- Starkey. ( Elliott & Thompson, 272pp, hardback, £ 12.99).
“Dawn at Symonds Yat” is a colour illustration from an amusing 19th- century diary, Camping on the Wye. In 1892, four men in striped blazers, rowed a hired skiff down the River Wye. One of them kept an illustrated diary detailing hilarious escapades which you can read about in Camping on the Wye. ( Bloomsbury, 168pp, hardback, £ 10). L. T. C. Rolt was a pioneering traveller and engineer involved with all kinds of machinery in the countryside — canals and trains in particular. His three- part autobiography has been reprinted as: Landscape with Machines; Landscape with Canals; and Landscape with Figures. ( History Press, 250pp, paperback, £ 14.99 each). New from the Shire series, are five more excellent little volumes: Gothic Revival Architecture by Trevor Yorke; Medieval Castles of England and Wales by Bernard Lowry; Fashion in the 1950s by Daniel Milford- Cottam;
WRNS — The Women’s Royal Naval Service by Neil. R. Storey; Canals in Britain by Tony Conder. ( Shire, 64pp, paperback, £ 7.99 each).
Art and Nature in the Middle
Ages by Nicole Myers is a colourful account of stained- glass, icons, materials etc. ( Yale, 136pp, paperback, £ 27.50).
Raglan Castle, one of many superb paintings in Capture the Castle.
The Vale of Rheidol railway. See Small Island by Little Train
Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, one of hundreds of wonderful pictures in Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens ( Museums and Heritage Sites).
Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. See Gothic Revival Architecture.