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Gift Guide: Nature and Travel of 2020

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been tough on everyone. And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re hoping to make the added stress of choosing that perfect gift for a special someone a little bit easier with a series of gift guides. With most of 2020 spent under lockdown restrictions, respite through nature has become increasingly precious, and the thought of travel for most a distant memory, which makes these books a perfect gift this festive season. 

A Life on our Planet by David Attenborough reflects on the climate crisis, the global changes he has seen throughout his life, and his plea with the world to pay attention through what he calls his witness statement. Meanwhile, Antlers of Water, edited by Kathleen Jamie is the first ever collection of Scottish nature and environmental writing, and shows just how diverse and radical contemporary Scottish nature writing is. 

 

Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession by Gavin Francis

Published: 1st Oct '20
Hardback
£20.00

Who doesn’t love a good map? In Island Dreams, Gavin Francis meditates on our cultural fascination with islands and isolation, bringing in his own travel stories as well as illustrations and maps throughout, resulting in a beautifully presented book that is perfect for giving this festive season.

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Diary of a Young Naturalist: WINNER OF THE 2020 WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING by Dara McAnulty

Published: 21st May '20
Hardback
£16.00

Chronicling a year in the life of Dara McAnulty, a fifteen-year-old autistic teenager and passionate nature advocate, this brilliant piece of nature writing won the 2020 Wainwright Prize and deservedly so.

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

Published: 3rd Sep '20
Hardback
£20.00

Another book with a beautiful cover, Sheldrake uncovers the key role fungi plays in understanding the world in which we live in a refreshing take on nature writing.

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Wanderland: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE AND STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD by Jini Reddy

Published: 30th Apr '20
Hardback
£16.99

A wander through the English landscape by a London journalist who is determined to find the mystical and spiritual in everything she passes. Joyful and refreshing.

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Spell in the Wild, A: A Year (and six centuries) of Magic by Alice Tarbuck

Published: 1st Oct '20
Hardback
£16.99

Tarbuck explores what it means to be a witch today, walking us through everyday magic for extraordinary times and practising ‘intersectional, accessible witchcraft’.

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Irreplaceable: The fight to save our wild places by Julian Hoffman

Published: 9th Apr '20
Paperback / softback
£9.99

Perfect for fans of Robert MacFarlane and more vital than ever, this is the story of the world’s endangered places and the people who are fighting to save them. 

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Antarctic Atlas: New Maps and Graphics That Tell the Story of A Continent by Peter Fretwell

Published: 26th Nov '20
Hardback
£35.00

With a new collection of detailed maps and exquisite graphics that detail the Antarctic landscape, Antarctic Atlas by Peter Fretwell is not just a book of traditional maps. Measuring the thickness of ice and the size of volcanic lakes, Fretwell’s work shows us just how directly the continent’s details affect us all.

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Almanac, The: A Seasonal Guide to 2021 by Lia Leendertz

Published: 3rd Sep '20
Hardback
£10.99

This book is an annual staple, with this year’s theme focusing on movement, migration and pilgrimage. With seasonal recipes, folklore and mythology, and gardening tips for every month, this is a gift that the lucky receiver will refer back to year-round.

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Crazy for Birds: Fascinating and Fabulous Facts by Misha Maynerick Blaise

Published: 3rd Sep '20
Hardback
£12.99

This wee book is a gem. It’s quirky and humorous illustrations take you on a whistle stop tour of the world of birds with a plethora of bird related facts. A lovely book to brighten up winter and a perfect gift for a lover of birds or beautifully illustrated nature books.

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Under the Open Skies by Markus Torgeby

Published: 15th Oct '20
Hardback
£20.00

Twenty years ago, Markus Torgeby traded his hectic urban lifestyle for a small hut in the forests of northern Sweden. He is living proof of the restorative powers of living closer to nature, and this book is the story of his journey to a simpler existence combined with his advice and inspirational insights. Perfect for anyone you know keeps saying they’re leaving all of this behind to move to a cabin in the woods.

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