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, $15.99)

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)

 
South East England, The Midlands and East Anglia Map

South East England, The Midlands and East Anglia Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

This regional map, at a scale of 1:400,000, covers South East England, including London and East Anglia. (GRB117, $11.95)

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way


by Bob Hayne | Tricia Hayne

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

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)

Walking in the Cotswolds, 30 Classic Hill and Valley Routes

Walking in the Cotswolds, 30 Classic Hill and Valley Routes


by Damian Hall

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Cicerone profiles 30 walks in the idyllic Cotswolds hill country, including 14 circular routes on the Cotswold Way National Trail. Includes the Cleeve Common grasslands, dramatic Uley Bury hill fort and the Edge. (GRB223, $24.95)

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)

Mapping Shakespeare's World

Mapping Shakespeare's World


by Peter Whitfield

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

Countering the notion that the location of a Shakespearean play is irrelevant, Whitfield argues that each play's setting is deliberate and full of meaning that original Elizabethan-era audiences would have understood. (GRB242, $45.00)

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way


by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit. (GBR15, $14.99)

The Story of England

The Story of England


by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

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)

To Marry an English Lord

To Marry an English Lord


by Carol Wallace | Gail MacColl

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

Inspiration for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, this book is social history at its liveliest and most accessible. (GRB83, $15.95)

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 | Jan 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)

The Age of Shakespeare

The Age of Shakespeare


by Frank Kermode

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 214 PAGES

A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar. (GBR522, $16.00)

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 features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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