BY HEATHER BUTTIVANT, SEPTEMBER PUBLISHING, £14.99
In these turbulent times, here are three simple steps to help you feel better about the world: read Heather Buttivant’s marvellous book, grab a pair of wellies, and get yourself to a rocky shore. Nothing beats the feeling of lifting up a rock and finding a smattering of star-shaped sea squirts or a hermit crab peeping from its borrowed shell. For rock-pool newcomers and aficionados alike, there is something for everyone in this thoughtful, enlightening and entertaining read. Buttivant weaves lyrical stories of her intertidal encounters – from baby pipefish to a full-grown shark – together with fascinating ecological details and expert advice on how to search for hidden wonders between the tides.