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).
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).
Raglan Castle, one of many superb paintings in Capture the Castle.
Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. See Gothic Revival Architecture.