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bbremarkablebritishbirdsBill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds
Bill Bailey
(UK: Quercus, 2016)

This book is all about comedian Bill Bailey’s love of birds. A visual feast – it is packed with illustrations, sketches and notes by Bailey – as well as informative, it is funny and insightful, and positively crackles with energy, knowledge and wit as he takes us on a journey around the British isles, zooming in on those birds that enthuse him the most.

Whether it’s what they eat, where they fly to or how they communicate, these birds are always fascinating, and Bailey introduces us to their weird and wonderful ways in a manner that is always entertaining.

If you’re a parent who’d like to appear a bit clever when your child asks you the name of a bird; if you want to find a new and healthy hobby that takes you outdoors; or whether, quite simply, you want to understand a bit more about our natural environment and have a laugh at the same time, this is the perfect companion book to have.

Recommended by:
Christopher NorrisJolabokaflod Book Campaign

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds)

outdoorcluesThe Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs
Tristan Gooley
(UK: Sceptre, 2015; USA: The Experiment, 2015)

The ultimate guide to what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky and clouds can reveal – when you know what to look for – this book includes over 850 outdoor clues and signs.

This top ten bestseller is the result of Tristan Gooley’s two decades of pioneering outdoors experience and six years of instructing, researching and writing. It includes lots of outdoor clues and signs that will not be found in any other book in the world.

As well as the most comprehensive guide to natural navigation for walkers ever compiled, it also contains clues for weather forecasting, tracking, city walks, coast walks, night walks and dozens of other areas.

Recommended by:
Emma DaleyEmma Daley PR

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals and Other Forgotten Skills)

outonthelandOut on the Land: Bushcraft Skills from the Northern Forest
Ray Mears and Lars Falt
(UK: Bloomsbury, 2016; USA: Bloomsbury, 2016)

This book is an absorbing exploration of, and tribute to, the circumpolar Boreal forest of the North: its landscape, its people, their cultures and skills, the wilderness that embodies it, and its immense beauty.

The book is vast in scope and covers every aspect of being in the wilderness in both winter and summer (clothing, kit, skills, cooking, survival), revealing the age-old traditions and techniques, and how to carry them out yourself. It also includes case studies of early explorers, as well as modern-day adventurers who found themselves stranded in the forest and forced to work out a way to survive.

So much more than a bushcraft manual, this book goes deeper, to the traditions and cultures that gave us these skills, as well as focusing on the detail itself.

Recommended by:
Christopher NorrisJolabokaflod Book Campaign

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (Out on the Land: Bushcraft Skills from the Northern Forest)
Available in the UK via Amazon (Out on the Land: Bushcraft Skills from the Northern Forest)

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