End to John O’Groats is a marvellous photographic journey spread over 81 days of an epic journey made by Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine. ( Merlin Unwin, 192pp, hardback, £ 14.99).
Industries Which Made Britain
Triumph by John Hannavay is a triumph in itself. A wonderful colour handbook and gazetteer of everything from bridges to farming is sheer and total delight. ( Halsgrove, 144pp, hardback, £ 9.99).
& Pieces by Danielle Holke is a charming, definitive and entertaining illustrated guide to one of the world’s most popular crafts. ( Amberley, 64pp, paperback, £ 8.99). In Land of Plenty, Charlie PyeSmith takes us on a journey through the fields and foods of Britain today. ( Elliott & Thompson, 238pp, hardback, £ 20). Favourite Poems is a fine collection of more than 100 classic poems to inspire, comfort and treasure. ( National Trust, 216pp, paperback, £ 9.99).
In John Calvin, The Strasbourg
Years 1538- 1541, Felicity McNab traces a short span of the great reformer’s academic development. ( WIPF, 244pp, paperback, £ 25).
The Railway Preservation
Revolution by Jonathan Brown, is a splendid history of Britain’s heritage railways. ( Pen & Sword, 302pp, hardback, £ 30). Celtic Saints of Scotland, Northumbria and the Isle of Man by Elizabeth Rees, traces the history of the early saints, most of whom lived in Highland Britain. ( Fonthill, 224pp, paperback, £ 16.99). In Furrows Turned, farmer turned Anglican clergyman, David Newell retraces his active and busy life. ( Stockwell, 94pp, hardback, £ 7.95). Wrinklies Joke Book and Wrinklies Wit and Wisdom will amuse and bemuse everyone of older years. ( Prion, 192pp, hardback, £ 9.99). In Vintage Kitchenalia, Emma Kay recalls the equipment once needed to prepare a family meal. ( Amberley, 96pp, paperback, £ 14.99). The Great Houdini by Derek Tait, traces the escapologist’s British tours of the early 20th century. ( Pen & Sword, 296pp, hardback, £ 25). Published for the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Dangerous Arts is a collection of related photos. ( Unicorn, 96pp, hardback, £ 12.99).
An encyclopedia in all but name, A History of the World in 500
Railway Journeys by Jane Baxter is well worth the modest cover price. A real treasure trove. ( Aurum, 400pp, hardback, £ 20).
The British Seaside by Lucinda Gosling is a splendid collection of nostalgic images dating back more than a century. ( Pen & Sword, 190pp, paperback, £ 14.99).
The Random History of Golf,
Cricket, Football and Rugby are pocket books full of amusing anecdotes and cartoons. ( Prion, 128pp, hardback, £ 7.99). Making for Home by Alan Tait is a memoir and tale of the Scottish Borders told in photographs and accompanying text. ( Pimpernel, 144pp, hardback, £ 30).
Preservation train enthusiasts will love Peter Johnson’s Festiniog Railway, the Spooner Era and After,
1830- 1920, which brilliantly traces the early history of what is now a popular narrow- gauge passenger railway. ( Pen & Sword, 208pp, hardback, £ 30). Unknown Warriors contains the letters of Nurse Kate Luard and brings to life the First World War battlefields. ( History Press, 228pp, paperback, £ 14.99). The Cookbook Notebook by Magda Joicey tells you how to make dozens of traditional simple recipes. ( Unicorn, 168pp, hardback, £ 15).
Jane Austen, the Banker’s Sister
by E. J. Clery, is a new in- depth appraisal of the great novelist and her times. ( Biteback, 362pp, hardback, £ 20).
Benedict XVI, The Last
Testament contains the writings of only the second pope to resign in more than 700 years. ( Bloomsbury, 258pp, paperback, £ 9.99).
Slow Growth on the Art of
Landscape Architecture by Hal Moggridge is an encyclopedia featuring all forms of urban and rural development. ( Unicorn, 352pp, hardback, £ 30).
In The East Coast Mainline, 1939
1959, B. Brooksbank and Peter Tuffrey examine the route between King’s Cross and Edinburgh and how it changed over 20 years of turmoil. ( Fonthill, 220pp, paperback, £ 18.99).
Self- Sufficiency by Sally Nex invites you to “Realise your dream and enjoy producing your own fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat”. What are you waiting for? ( Green, 240pp, paperback, £ 17.99).
Homes by Peter Higginbotham is a detailed analysis of the many institutions which have cared for our young from Tudor times onwards. ( Pen & Sword, 310pp, paperback, £ 14.99).
AGentleman in Khaki Ordered
South is the diary of a Boer War corporal, edited and self- published by Stephen Huggins. ( 142pp, paperback, £ 7.99). Hot Barrels, Shooting Superstitions, Facts and Fallacies by Jeremy Hobson is a highly entertaining book, illustrated with splendid colour cartoons by Bryn Parry. ( Quiller, 192pp, hardback, £ 20).
Almost everyone is wrapped up for the Easter bank holiday on Brighton beach 50 years ago. See The British Seaside.
Harry Houdini surfaces after just escaping from shackles in the River Mersey during his 1908 British tour. See The Great Houdini.
Talyllyn’s Wharf station now houses the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. See The Railway Preservation Revolution.
Gallopers turn clockwise but carousels turn anti- clockwise. This vintage steam galloper is one of many fine colour images from Industries Which Made Britain Triumph.
The children and staff at Lambeth Workhouse School in West Norwood. See Children’s Homes.
One of many cartoons in Hot Barrels.