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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.

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