Books for The Outdoorsy Type

On Cats: An Anthology
On Cats: An Anthology

Margaret Atwood

For centuries cats have been venerated and mistrusted in equal measure. Through memoir, fiction, letters and poems, the writers in these pages celebrate cats and their curious ways. Introduced by Margaret Atwood, this beautiful gift book contains writing by Alice Walker, Edward Gorey, Mary Gaitskill, Caitlin Moran, Ernest Hemingway, Nikola Tesla, John Keats, Muriel Spark, Lynne Truss, Hilaire Belloc, Guy du Maupassant, Rebecca West and more. Plus: photography from Elliot Ross.

Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe
Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe

Duncan Minshull

Sauntering features sixty writers – classic and contemporary – who travel Europe by foot. We join Henriette D’Angeville climbing Mont Blanc; Nellie Bly roaming the trenches of war-torn Poland; Werner Herzog on a personal pilgrimage across Germany; Hans Christian Andersen in quarantine; Joseph Conrad in Cracow; and Robert Macfarlane dropping deep into underground Paris.

A Garden From A Hundred Packets of Seed
A Garden From A Hundred Packets of Seed

James Fenton

An ideal gift for gardeners, this light-hearted gardening book by James Fenton describes a hundred plants he would choose to grow from seed. A happy, stylish, thought-provoking exercise in good principles.

Joy
Joy

Three covetable anthologies that celebrate our most popular passions: dogs, walking and fishing.

On Dogs: An Anthology
On Dogs: An Anthology

Tracey Ullman

The writers and poets collected within this delectable anthology reflect on the joys and pitfalls of dog ownership with wit and affection. From Roald Amundsen’s account of using sled dogs in his expedition to the South Pole to J.R. Ackerley’s tender portrayal of his ill-behaved dog Tulip, On Dogs traces the canine’s journey from working animal to pampered pet. With a humorous introduction by Tracey Ullman (an inveterate adopter of strays), and 6 arresting dog portraits by international photographer Rhian ap Gruffydd. The perfect gift for dog-lovers.

A Twitch Upon the Thread: Writers on Fishing
A Twitch Upon the Thread: Writers on Fishing

Jon Day

The best fishing writing is never only about fishing, and the writers collected in this anthology use angling as a way to write about love, loss, faith, and obsession. The perfect gift book on fishing, this popular anthology of great writers is introduced by Jon Day.

A Twitch Upon the Thread: Writers on Fishing – Signed Copy
A Twitch Upon the Thread: Writers on Fishing – Signed Copy

Jon Day

The best fishing writing is never only about fishing, and the writers collected in this anthology use angling as a way to write about love, loss, faith, and obsession. The perfect gift book on fishing, this popular anthology of great writers is introduced by Jon Day.

Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking
Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking

Duncan Minshull

Walking and writing have always gone together. Think of the poets who walk out a rhythm for their lines and the novelists who put their characters on a path. But the best insights, the deepest and most joyous examinations of this simple activity are to be found in non-fiction – in essays, travelogues and memoir.

Notting Hill: A Walking  Guide
Notting Hill: A Walking Guide

Julian Mash

A delightful English/Japanese pocket-size guide to London’s most popular district. Through four walks London writer Julian Mash uncovers the history, culture and fascinating characters that have made Notting Hill so iconic. Beautifully laid out including several photographic images and four hand-drawn maps, the guide will appeal to both tourists and residents alike.

Nairn’s Paris
Nairn’s Paris

Ian Nairn Andrew Hussey

Out of print since 1968, this is a unique guidebook from the late, great architectural writer, Ian Nairn. Illustrated with the author’s black and white snaps of the city, Nairn gives his readers an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the ‘collective masterpiece’ that is Paris.

Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier – Signed Copy
Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier – Signed Copy

Jon Day

Cyclogeography is an essay about the bicycle in the cultural imagination and a portrait of London seen from the saddle. The bicycle enables us to feel a landscape, rather than just see it, and in the great tradition of the psychogeographers, Day attempts to depart from the map and reclaim the streets of the city.

Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier
Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier

Jon Day

Cyclogeography is an essay about the bicycle in the cultural imagination and a portrait of London seen from the saddle. The bicycle enables us to feel a landscape, rather than just see it, and in the great tradition of the psychogeographers, Day attempts to depart from the map and reclaim the streets of the city.

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