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England, Scotland & Wales

Reading and Travel Guide
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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The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

GBR15
Bill Bryson
Avon Books
1996
270
0380715430
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit.
$15.99

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

GBR01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465439617
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

GBR88
Hugh Kearney
Cambridge University Press
2012
324
0521608503
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also the Scots, Welsh and Irish.
$19.99

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

GBR561
Adam Nicolson
Lightning Source
2007
192
0060753447
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
$13.95

Great Britain and Ireland Map

GBR31
Kunth Verlag
Kunth Verlag
2009
2
3936368368
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000.
$11.95

Fodor's London's 25 Best

GBR08
Louise Nicholson
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546265
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
$13.99

Jane Austen in Bath, Walking Tours of the Writer's City

GBR671
Katharine Reeve
Little Bookroom
2006
144
1892145324
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
The city of Bath provided the inspiration and the setting for Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. This beautifully illustrated guide leads the reader through the places frequented by Austen and her fictional characters.
$19.95

A Short History of England, The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

GRB40
Simon Jenkins
Hachette
2013
319
161039142X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Jenkins relates the exhilarating tale from the Dark Ages -- when the Angles arrived from Germany, lending their name to England -- to the modern day in this concise, very readable and illustrated history.
$17.99

Londoners

GRB69
Craig Taylor
Ecco Press
2013
413
0062005863
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of those who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities.
$16.99

Scotland, A Concise History

SCT15
Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Thames & Hudson
2012
248
0500282331
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
$19.95

Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland

SCT66
Neal Ascherson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2004
240
0809088452
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
$27.00

Great Gardens of Britain

GRB32
Helena Attlee
Frances Lincoln
2011
144
0711231346
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A photographic tour through 20 of the finest gardens in Great Britain, ranging from famous 18th-century landscapes such as Stourhead to the rather quirky Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
$29.95

Stonehenge

GBR795
Rosemary Hill
Harvard University Press
2013
224
0674031326
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Hill captures the enduring mystery and allure of Stonehenge in this witty meditation on the myth and meaning of the most famous prehistoric site in all Europe.
$16.00

Westminster Abbey

GBR810
Richard Jenkyns, Mary Beard (Editor)
Harvard University Press
2011
224
0674061977
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral.
$17.50

A Writer's House in Wales

GBR325
Jan Morris
National Geographic
2002
192
0792265238
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this extended essay, Morris uses her much-loved 18th-century house as a point of departure for a meditation on Welsh identity.
$20.00

In Search of England

GBR368
H.V. Morton, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
2002
274
0306811057
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Kingdom by the Sea

GBR09
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2006
361
0618658955
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale.
$15.95

Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge

GBR467
Bruce Feiler
HarperCollins Publishers
2003
352
006052703X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A witty, charming and astutely observed account of an American graduate student's year spent in the halls of England's most prestigious academic institutions.
$14.99

Shakespeare, A Life

GBR472
Park Honan
Oxford University Press
2000
512
0192825275
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A delightful, informative and up-to-date biography of The Bard, his life, work and times.
$34.95

The Wild Places

GBR893
Robert Macfarlane
Penguin Putnam
2008
340
0143113933
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
MacFarlane climbs, walks and swims by day and spends his nights sleeping on cliff-tops and in ancient meadows and wildwoods in this marvelous exploration of the nature of the British Isles.
$16.00

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

GBR28
Jerome Jerome, Jeremy Lewis (Introduction)
Penguin
2000
361
0140437509
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Written in 1889, "Three Men in a Boat" (to say nothing of the dog!) is a laugh-out-loud account of a man-powered voyage along the River Thames, full of detail on life and lore. A Longitude favorite.
$13.00

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster

SCT166
William W. Starr
University of South Carolina Press
2011
240
1570039488
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Beginning and ending in Edinburgh and making stops at Glasgow, Culloden, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more, William Starr follows hilariously in the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson across Scotland.
$29.95

Winston Churchill

EUR214
John Keegan
Penguin Putnam
2007
208
0143112643
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Acclaimed historian Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the 20th century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. A short book in the Penguin Lives series.
$17.00

London, A Literary Anthology

GRB200
British Library
Daedalus
2014
224
0712357408
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Ranging from the 15th century to the present day, the British Library’s generous selection of poems and novel excerpts evokes the spirit of London through the ages. Full-color works of art from the library's collection are interspersed throughout.
$34.95

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney

VIK07
Hermann Palssom, Paul Edwards
Penguin
1981
253
0140443835
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century.
$17.00

The Portable Romantic Poets

GBR346
Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
Penguin Putnam
1972
540
0140150528
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This is the anthology to take along on a trip to Italy's Cinque Terra, England's Lake District or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).
$20.00

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

SCT42
Muriel Spark
HarperCollins Publishers
2009
150
0061711292
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought.
$13.99

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

ATL26
Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Bradt Publications
2008
176
1841622583
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.
$25.99

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Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

IRE04
W.B. Yeats
Modern Library
2004
380
0812968557
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies.
$18.00

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

SCT07
Samuel Johnson, James Boswell
Penguin
1984
429
0140432213
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Written when Johnson was 63 and Boswell 32 in 1773 (when they had been friends for ten years), these travel journals were the result of a three-month trip to Scotland. Johnson observed Scotland, and Boswell observed Johnson.
$18.00

Celtic Prayers from Iona

SCT21
J. Philip Newell
Paulist Press
1997
96
0809104881
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the art form, they developed this handsome book of prayers.
$14.95

Coasting, A Private Voyage

GBR591
Jonathan Raban
Vintage Books
2003
302
0375725938
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Raban's eloquent, anecdotal account of a solo circumnavigation of the British Isles in a 30-foot ketch, his first experience in a boat. It's an engaging account of the experience of the sea and the people and places he encounters.
$15.00

The Heart of England, The Amateur Historians Guide

GBR652
Sarah Valente Kettler, Carole Trimble
Capital Books
2003
410
1892123657
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A helpful guide to touring 200 historic sites in England, including Windsor Castle, Eton College, Oxford, and Shakespeare's hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon.
$22.95

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

EUR240
Colin McEvedy
Penguin Putnam
1992
112
0140512497
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
McEvedy deftly sketches the culture, history and society of medieval Europe in this slim historical atlas.
$17.00

Nature's Engraver, A Life of Thomas Bewick

NAT249
Jennifer S. Uglow
University of Chicago Press
2009
458
0226823911
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Born to a farming family in Northumberland in 1753, Bewick eventually published his own History of British Birds, the first field guide intended for a general audience. Uglow's engrossing illustrated biography includes an array of the great engraver's vignettes depicting rural life and the natural world.
$18.00

For Kids

King of Shadows

GBR161
Susan Cooper
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1999
186
068984445X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A novel of time-travel, Shakespeare -- and the plague -- for kids ages 10-12.
$7.99

Boy, Tales of Childhood

GBR183
Roald Dahl
Puffin
2009
176
0141303050
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Dahl recalls his youthful misadventures, in boarding school, working as a chocolate tester and summering in Wales. Great family reading.
$7.99

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

GBR245
E.L. Konigsburg
Aladdin Books
2001
208
068984624X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A marvelous fictionalized portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England successively, traveler to Constantinople, wife of a future saint, mother of Richard the Lionheart and for 15 years a prisoner of the English Crown. For young adults.
$7.99

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

IRE104
Tomi De Paola
Holiday House
1994
30
0823410773
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Celebrated children's author/illustrator de Paola retells the story of Saint Patrick in this delightful picture book, geared for ages 5 to 8.
$8.99

Nory Ryan's Song

IRE106
Patricia Reilly Giff
2002
148
0440418291
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A historical novel set in western Ireland in 1845 and narrated by 12-year-old Nory Ryan, whose family faces starvation as a consequence of the potato blight.
$7.99

Beware, Princess Elizabeth

GBR332
Carolyn Meyer
Gulliver
2002
224
0152045562
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An acclaimed young-adult novel, one in a series of Young Royals, in which Henry VIII is recently dead and young Elizabeth endures the tumultuous reigns of her brother Edward and sister Mary before ascending the throne herself.
$6.99

Mary, Bloody Mary

GBR333
Carolyn Meyer
Harcourt Books
2001
240
0152164561
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This sympathetic portrait brings to life Mary Tudor’s childhood and difficult teen years, when her beloved father, Henry VIII, spurns Mary’s mother for the bewitching Anne Boleyn -- and Mary goes from riches to rags, becoming the embittered woman who would later be known as Bloody Queen Mary. Ages 11 and up.
$7.99

The Shakespeare Stealer

GBR335
Gary Blackwood
Penguin Putnam
2000
224
0141305959
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Young orphan Widge is hired to infiltrate the Globe and steal Shakespeare's latest play for another acting troupe. But will the boy betray his new friends or disobey his employer?
$7.99

Adam of the Road

GBR336
Elizabeth Janet Gray, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
Penguin Putnam
2002
320
014032464X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A Newberry-winning classic about the adventures of a medieval minstrel's son who loses his way on the highways and byways of 13th-century England.
$7.99

The Midwife's Apprentice

GBR341
Karen Cushman
Houghton Mifflin Company
1996
122
0547722176
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The 1996 Newbery Medal winner, this novel geared for 8-12 year olds recounts the apprenticeship of a waif named Brat, who learns to be a midwife in 14th-century England. Short, funny and atmospheric.
$7.99

Darwin and Evolution for Kids, His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities

GPS64
Kristan Lawson
Chicago Review Press
2003
160
1556525028
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
An interactive, illustrated biography of Darwin for kids ten and up (and their families). The book, which includes hands-on activities, covers Darwin's career from his youth to his mind-expanding voyage aboard the Beagle to the development of the theory of evolution through natural selection.
$16.95

Ancient Celts, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of the Celts' Past

CLT05
Jen Green
2008
64
1426302258
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This captivating, illustrated overview of the Celts and their discovery for ages 10 and up features hundreds of color photographs, maps, glossary and interviews. It's an excellent overview of archaeology for the whole family.
$17.95

Celtic Animals Coloring Book

CLT06
Mallory Pearce
Dover Publications
1997
48
0486297292
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Kids can add their own hues to 43 colorable vignettes depicting stylized birds, fish, serpents, mythological creatures and other fabulous fauna.
$3.99