Anyone interested in ancient
manuscripts will enjoy The Art and History of Calligraphy by Patricia Lovett. (British Library, 224pp, hardback, £25) ISBN 9780-7123-56888
Few people enjoy unbroken sunshine around their home and, with the aid of many fine colour photos, Beth Chatto’s Shade Garden explains how to make the best of things all year round. (Pimpernel, 234pp, hardback, £12.99) ISBN 9780-9102-58224
In River Ouse Bargeman, David Lewis relates his time up and down the River Ouse in Yorkshire. (Pen & Sword, 192pp, hardback, £25) ISBN 9781-4738-80696
He’s back and Fergus, a Horse to be reckoned with by Jean Abernethy, will be appreciated by children and adults alike. His varied equine antics (right) are highly entertaining. (Quiller, 40pp, hardback, £12.95) ISBN 9781-5707-67906
Prospective dog owners will welcome Choosing the Perfect Puppy by Pippa Mattinson, in which she analyses different breeds and what to look out for. (Ebury, 224pp, paperback, £25) ISBN 9781-7850-34374
Bus enthusiasts will be delighted with The London DMS by Matthew Wharmby, the history of a controversial vehicle which turned the tables on London Transport after being sold off. (Pen & Sword, 272pp, hardback, £30) ISBN 9781-7838-31739
The Strange Death of Europe, Immigration, Identity and Islam by Douglas Murray should not be ignored. The author, who is Associate Editor of The Spectator, says it is “A controversial and devastatingly honest depiction of the demise of Europe”. (Bloomsbury, 334pp, hardback, £18.99) ISBN 9781-4729-42241
One Man and a Mule is Hugh Thomson’s fascinating account of how he and Jethro the mule walked from St. Bees in Cumberland to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, mostly via old drovers’ roads across the hills. (Penguin, 291pp, hardback, £20) ISBN 9781-8480-94697
All interested in alternative health cures will welcome Wayside Medicine: Forgotten plants and how to use them, a wonderfully colourful and well-presented volume by Julie Bruton-seal and Matthew Seal. A worthy sequel to Hedgerow Medicine it will also appeal to those who know little or nothing about herbal remedies. (Merlin Unwin, 224pp, hardback, £16.99) ISBN 9781-9107-23357
William Miller is well-known in passenger ship circles and in Maritime Royalty he paints pictorial and verbal portraits of the many Cunard liners named after a queen. He also covers a few other famous Cunard liners. The photos are appealing and the original text is a a delight.
Don’t be put off by the American spellings because this book is superb. (Fonthill, 128pp, paperback, £19.99) ISBN 9781-7815-55675
Gary Bunt did not attend art college and yet has developed a unique style which will please many of the Christian faith. In By the Grace of God he portrays various Bible stories, together with many other poignant pictures, each of which is supported by simple compelling deep poetry. Unusual but definitely pleasing. (Unicorn, 124pp, hardback, £25) ISBN 9781-9107-87656
A Spitfire Girl by Mary Ellis, is the author’s story of her time in the wartime ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary), whose female pilots ferried all kinds of aircraft across the country. (Frontline, 210pp, paperback, £8.99) ISBN 9781-4738-95362
Military and social historians will welcome Resolution by David Rutland and Emma Ellis, the story of two grandsons of the 3rd Duke of Rutland, explaining their contrasting fortunes and tragically short lives. David Rutland is the 11th Duke of Rutland and lives at Belvoir Castle, the ancestral home. (Head of Zeus, 480pp, hardback, £30) ISBN 9781-7849-79911
Budding chefs will welcome a reprint of Mrs. Beeton’s Guide to Baking, a collection of her best recipes from 1861. See how they compare to today’s dishes! (Amberley, 252pp, hardback, £9.99) ISBN 9781-4456-51064
Lorenz — Breaking Hitler’s Top Secret Code at Bletchley Park is about solving a personal code used by the Fuhrer to communicate with his generals. The author, Jerry Roberts, was one of those responsible and now, after 75 years, you can read how it was done. (History Press, 240pp, hardback, £20) ISBN 9780-7509-78859
The Tattie Lads by Ian Dear is the previously untold story of the Rescue Tug Service in two world wars, and its battles to save cargoes, ships and lives. Some were a huge success but others ended in tragedy. (Bloomsbury, 212pp, hardback, £25) ISBN 9781-8448-64010
Feeding an army is a major task, with huge administration and supplies needed prior to food reaching the pot. In The Trench Cookbook 1917 we find many recipes from bully beef stew to trench tea but why did the latter taste of vegetables, what were iron rations and why was Maconochie the most despised food at the front? (Amberley, 252pp, hardback, £9.99) ISBN 9781-4456-55499
The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook by Niall Edworthy contains more than 1,000 facts, figures and fables, a revelation for those interested in our feathered friends who frequent the skies overhead or visit our garden at ground level. (Black Swan, 210pp, paperback, £8.99) ISBN 9781-7841-62719
Amelanchiers are graceful small trees with beautiful spring blossom and red leaves in the autumn (see Beth Chatto’s Shade Garden).
A quirky painting depicting Adam allocating names to all the animals in the Garden of Eden (see By the Grace of God).
A trio of queens! In May 2015, “Queen Victoria” (top), “Queen Mary 2” (centre) and “Queen Elizabeth” met up at Liverpool to celebrate Cunard’s 175th birthday (see Maritime Royalty).
Charles Manners (left) aged 18, and Robert Manners, aged 14, in his midshipman’s uniform. Both died young (see Resolution).
Why does the toucan have such an enormous beak (see The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook).
Sea buckthorn, one of many plants recommended for improving health (see Wayside Medicine).