COUNTRY WALKERS

England: The Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds, A Cultural History

The Cotswolds, A Cultural History

by Jane Bingham

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In this cultural guide, Bingham introduces the churches and manor houses, rich history and celebrated landscapes of southern England. (GBR901, $20.95)

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions. (GBR16, $14.99)

Cotswolds Map

Cotswolds Map

by Ordnance Survey

  • 2009
  • MAP

A terrific, colorful, and very detailed topographic map of the Cotswolds, at a scale of 1:25,000. (GBR124, $13.95)

 
Rough Guide Bristol, Bath & Somerset

Rough Guide Bristol, Bath & Somerset


by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A comprehensive regional guide featuring excellent local maps, travel information and suggested routes. (GBR42, $18.99)

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way


by Bob Hayne | Tricia Hayne

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A practical guide in the British series, this fully revised and re-walked second edition includes 44 large-scale walking maps and places to stay and to eat along the 102-mile national trail, which runs from Chipping Campden to Bath. (GBR588, $19.95)

1066, The Year of the Conquest

1066, The Year of the Conquest


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. (GBR115, $15.00)

Angry Island, Hunting the English

Angry Island, Hunting the English


by A. A. Gill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

The splendidly irreverent London critic A.A. Gill includes scathing chapters on voice, humor, drink, animals, garden, sport and class in this comic manual to the English. (GBR715, $15.99)

English History, Made Brief, Irreverent and Pleasurable

English History, Made Brief, Irreverent and Pleasurable


by Lacey Baldwin Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

Smith serves up memorable chunks of English history with aplomb, spicing the tale with hilarious cartoons and profiles of the kings, queens and dunces who have led the nation. (GBR869, $17.95)

The Age of Shakespeare

The Age of Shakespeare


by Francois Laroque

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This pocket-size encyclopedia, an excellent introduction to Elizabethan England, presents Shakespeare, his life, times and legacy in concise essays and well-chosen illustrations. (GBR11, $12.95)

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England


by Antonia Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Lady Fraser gathers eight British historians for this engaging, illustrated history of the monarchy from 1066 to the House of Windsor, brimming with personality, incident and scandal. (GBR160, $39.95)

The Story of England

The Story of England


by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

English Architecture, A Concise History

English Architecture, A Concise History


by David Watkin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A straightforward, illustrated history of English architecture from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. (GBR228, $14.95)

Life in the English Country House

Life in the English Country House


by Mark Girouard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A celebrated social and architectural history of life in English country houses, fully illustrated in black and white and color, first published in 1978. Girouard traces the history of these houses from medieval times to World War II. (GBR221, $50.00)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Cider With Rosie

Cider With Rosie


by Laurie Lee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

In this memoir of growing up in a small, remote village in the Cotswolds -- set against the backdrop of the First World War -- Lee captures an all-but-vanished rural way of life. Originally published in 1959. (GBR971, $15.95)

In Search of England

In Search of England


by H.V. Morton | James Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations. (GBR368, $16.00)

Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death


by M.C. Beaton

  • MYSTERY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 201 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

In this installment of the Agatha Raisin series, our heroine has moved to a not-quite-so-quiet village in the Cotswolds, and of course finds her self in the middle of a puzzling murder. (GBR212, $7.99)

The Last Detective

The Last Detective


by Peter Lovesey

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This sophisticated gumshoe novel features an old-fashioned detective, a drowned BBC actress, a pair of stolen Jane Austen letters and a suspenseful chase through the Roman baths of Bath. (GBR314, $13.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe


by Margaret and Roland Spohn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Over 450 species of wild flower are covered, each beautifully illustrated with detailed paintings and clear photographs. (EUR46, $21.95)

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