BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
A variety of reads for every taste.
SPOTON: Good Names for Dogs
by Gail Garbutt Struggling to name the newest permanent addition to your ankles? Gail Garbutt’s thoughtful and at times hilarious suggestions will raise a smile and more than a few laughs among dog owners of all ages. Punctuated with quotes and poems from famous names throughout history, this A-Z will give you plenty of ideas, broken down into themes as varied as Drinking Friends and Shipping Stations. Ideal for a dog-lover’s Christmas stocking.
DEATH OFA HIGH FLYER
by D. P. Hart-davis
If you need a page-turner this Christmas, D. P. Hart-davis’ tale of social change, new money, game shooting and murder fits the bill nicely. Deathofahigh
Flyer is filled with characters many of us will recognise, from the gamekeepers at Dunmorse Hall, now owned by millionaire Hansi Hartzog, to the villagers and farmers less than impressed with what is happening in their pleasant idyll. You’ll have it finished by Boxing Day.
Merlin Unwin Books, merlinunwin.co.uk
THE KNOWLEDGE: Every Gun’s Guide to Conservation by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)
Covering subjects including habitat management, game birds and predator control, this timely book will strengthen the armour of not only our sport in general but also its participants when promoting it to the wider public. If you have a question about conservation, the chances are it will have been answered here. Very easy to read, this is an invaluable resource to have within arm’s reach.
THE SPORTING SHOOTER’S HANDBOOK: An Introduction to the Sport by Graham Downing Written in the author’s usual approachable style, this book covers myriad subjects from shot sizes and shotgun applications to the law, safety and different kinds of shooting available in the UK. An absolute must for anyone new to shooting or those who would like to expand their knowledge of the sport, littered with hints and tips that make entry into new areas of the sport that little bit easier to digest.
Gamelarder by Jose Souto and Steve Lee
As much a celebration of feathered game and the benefits shooting brings to the countryside as it is a recipe book. Aided and abetted by the likes of Brian Turner CBE, Nigel Barden and Michel Roux Jr, Jose Souto and Steve Lee have produced a weighty tome which will appeal to shooters and foodies alike. A timely reminder of why it’s so important to do justice to the quarry that we shoot during the season.
Merlin Unwin Books, merlinunwin.co.uk THE GREAT SHOOTS: Britain's Finest Shooting Estates – Past and Present by Brian P. Martin
The third edition of Thegreat
Shoots is bigger and better than ever. Brian P. Martin has amassed over 275 pages of game shooting history, anecdotes and photography that will elevate the stature of any bookshelf. An ever better read if you’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the estates listed. More than a few for the bucket list can be found within.
Quiller, quillerpublishing.com TWENTY THOUSAND SHOTS by David J. Baker
“One who has Fired 20,000 Shots at Marks” was the pseudonym of Arthur J. Lane, a letter writer to Thefield on the subject of gun experiments. Lane became an institution at the magazine, writing 173 letters in total. David J. Baker’s book is a fascinating read of a bygone country life and of someone who conducted experiments at his own expense.
Coch-y-bonddu Books, anglebooks.com