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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

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)

The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

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)

A Northern Coast to Coast Walk: From St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay

A Northern Coast to Coast Walk: From St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay

by Terry Marsh

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

A full-color guide to walking northern England, west coast to east and vice-versa, with information on nature, history, culture and accommodations. (GBR533, $21.95)

 
Lake District Tourist Map

Lake District Tourist Map


by Ordnance Survey

  • MAP

A terrific, colorful and very detailed map of the Lake District, at a scale of 1:110,000. (GBR125, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions. (GBR01, $30.00)

Insight Compact Guide North York Moors


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • OUT OF PRINT

A brief, easy-to-carry, and colorful introduction to the North York Moors. (GBR146, $7.95)

Pax Britannica, The Climax of Empire

Pax Britannica, The Climax of Empire


by James Morris

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 527 PAGES

The centerpiece of the trilogy "Pax Britannica," this entertaining history concentrates on the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, celebrated as a festival of imperial power and splendor. (GBR10, $37.95)

The Making of the English Working Class


by Edward P. Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 1966
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

A magnificent history of 19th-century England and the construction of the class system, essential to understanding the social makeup of the country over the last 150 years. (GBR417, $25.00)

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 Victorians

The Victorians


by A.N. Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 724 PAGES

A dazzling survey of the personalities, obessions and follies of an imperial age. (GBR396, $24.95)

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)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small


by James Herriot

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

The first volume in the series of wildly popular tales by a country veterinarian -- and born storyteller -- set among the folk of the Yorkshire Dales. (GBR104, $8.99)

Great Tales from English History

Great Tales from English History


by Robert Lacey

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Lacey brings history to life through a series of instructive, entertaining profiles of personalities, well-known and obscure. (GBR689, $18.00)

In Search of London


by H.V. Morton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An enduring portrait of the city and especially of its history, originally published a half-century ago. As in all of his travel books, Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and, especially, the history of a place with his own keen observations. (GBR269, $18.50)

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals


by Dorothy Wordsworth | Pamela Woof

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The journals of Dorothy Wordsworth from Dove Cottage. With rich detail, she observes the natural beauty of the Lake District region and her time spent with her brother William and their friend Coleridge. (GBR197, $18.90)

England, England

England, England


by Julian Barnes

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

Barnes turns his characteristic wit toward both England and the traveling experience in this novel. (GBR45, $15.95)

Literary Trails, British Writers in their Landscapes


by Christina Hardyment

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A survey of the British landscapes that have given shape to the literary characters of Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier, Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, and Wordsworth. (GBR164, $49.50)

Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth

Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth


by John O. Hayden | William Wordsworth

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 784 PAGES

A collection of William Wordsworth's most celebrated poems. Includes selections from the "Lyrical Ballads," "The Excursion" and "The Prelude." (GBR147, $12.95)

The Portable Romantic Poets

The Portable Romantic Poets


by Norman Holmes Pearson | W.H. Auden

  • LITERATURE
  • 1972
  • PAPER
  • 540 PAGES

This is the anthology to take along on a trip to England's Lake District, Italy's Cinque Terre or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress). (GBR346, $20.00)

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)

Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe

Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe


by Chris Kightley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

A compact field-friendly guide to the birds found in the British Isles and the Faroes, Scandinavia and Northwest Europe. (EUR50, $30.00)

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