Merlin Unwin Books

"Merlin Unwin Books are lively, innovative countryside book publishers.

Their well-produced range of rural, wildlife, fieldsports and fishing books never fail to inform and entertain."

Philip Dunne MP
co-founder of Ottakar’s bookshops

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Merlin Unwin Books June Special Offer

Merlin Unwin Books June Special Offer

To celebrate the opening of the coarse fishing season, we are offering BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Fishing with Emma (RRP £9.99). This book is an entertaining modern take on the classic practical guide to coarse fishing Mr Crabtree, and with this two-for-one offer for the month of June, it means that an adult can have their own copy to brush up their skills so that they can take a youngster out to the river bank from 16 June and give the beginner a copy free of charge!

Merlin Unwin Books June Special Offer

Holiday reading

Take a dairy farmer on holiday with you! Roger Evan’s frank and funny diary of his working life on his Shropshire farm makes perfect holiday reading, either as an ebook or light hardback.

Holiday reading
Holiday reading


Can't sleep?

Cowslips abound at this time of year. Here is a recipe from the newly published Wayside Medicine (£16.99) for primrose or cowslip tea:

Pick a few primrose and/or cowslip flower heads per cup of boiling water. Infuse for about 5 minutes for a lovely golden, soothing cup of tea.

Sweet dreams…

Can't sleep?
Can't sleep?
Can't sleep?

French language editions

French language editions

We're delighted to announce that we have sold French language rights  for  Nymphing – the New Way and Tying Flies with CDC. These will be published in France in 2018 by Editions du Gerfaut.

We have also just reprinted our popular instructional book Tying Flies with CDC, the Fisherman’s Miracle Feather, so author Leon Links will be available next year in French as well as English. If you want to tie the fly that never sinks, CDC is quick and easy to use and, as you might expect of something created from the preening feather of a duck, it is as water repellent as – well, a duck’s back…

Nymphing – the New Way has also just been reprinted, the first edition selling out within six months!

Above: Nicolas Ragonneau working on the French translation of Nymphing – the New Way

French language editions
French language editions

Merlin Unwin Books May Special Offer

Merlin Unwin Books May Special Offer

Duff Hart-Davis’ excellent account Ascension, the story of a South Atlantic Island is the only book to cover the island from its earliest history to today. The book normally retails at £16.99 but throughout May you can buy it through out website for just £12 plus p&p!

Flycasting refresher course

If the prospect of the mayfly or the sight of a darting trout under your local bridge is making you reach for your fishing rod, you might like to refresh your casting skills and learn some techniques in the easy-to-follow, visual guide Flycasting Skills for beginner and expert. Whether you want to know how to cast to the far side of an awkward rock, how to Spey Cast, how to avoid drag or simply how to do an elegant straight-forward overhead cast – then let qualified instructor and international demonstrator John Symonds show you how, in just a few hours’ reading.

Flycasting refresher course

Tackling invasive species

Invasive Spanish bluebells (below right) threaten our darker blue, more arching native bluebell (below left). Theo Pike in his eco book The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, explains how to give the native bluebell as chance against it’s more showy cousin by digging up and drying the bulbs of Spanish bluebells when they've finished flowering (wild growing native bluebells are protected by law!)

Tackling invasive species
Tackling invasive species

GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally: Ask About Fly Fishing interview

GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally: Ask About Fly Fishing interview

Share the thrills of GT fishing with Peter McLeod (author of GT – A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally) on the highly popular US radio chat show Askaboutflyfishing.com – the interview is available to 'listen again' now!


Merlin Unwin Books May Special Offer

Travel is temporarily more difficult than ever to Ascension Island, this extinct British-owned former volcano 800 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena. The Airbus A330 Voyager aircraft used on the normal route between RAF Brize Norton, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands is too heavy to land at Ascension Island en route to the Falklands. Travellers are having to get to Ascension via the Royal Mail Ship St Helena. But meanwhile you can at least read about this island once described as ‘one of the strangest places on the Face of the earth’. Duff Hart-Davis’ excellent account Ascension, the story of a South Atlantic Island is the only book to cover the island from its earliest history to today.

The book normally retails at £16.99 but throughout May you can buy it through out website for just £12 plus p&p!

Merlin Unwin Books May Special Offer

Nearest Earthly Place

Shropshire children celebrated the reissue of Nearest Earthly Place to Paradise, reading what John Betjeman, A.E. Housman and Mary Webb had to say about the county. They were joined by sponsors Shropshire estate agents Nock Deighton for an evening at Moor Park School, Ludlow.

 

Nearest Earthly Place
Nearest Earthly Place

Ludlow literary evening

Ludlow literary evening

Shropshire as a place of beauty and its rich literary background are celebrated tonight as we reissue our photographic hardback Nearest Earthly Place to Paradise at Moor Park School, Ludlow. The reissue has been supported by Shropshire Estate Agents Nock Deighton. TV historian and author of many biographies Matthew Dennison will read extracts included in the book from A E Housman and John Betjeman tonight at a party to mark the occasion, together with pupils from Moor Park School who will also read poetry and prose from lovers of Shropshire Wilfred Owen, Phil Rickman, Mary Webb, Tom Sharpe and Pete Postlethwaite.


Invasive Species feature

Great piece by Theo Pike on tackling invasive species in the May issue of Trout & Salmon Magazine. We're offering Theo's The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing (£7.99) as a buy-one-get-one free to Trout & Salmon readers and we're delighted to extend that offer to our Merlin Unwin Books customers. Just call us on 01584 877456 to take advantage of the offer.

Invasive Species feature
Invasive Species feature
Invasive Species feature

New book - available now!

New book - available now!

At last! Wayside Medicine, the new book by the authors of our bestselling Hedgerow Medicine, is published today. Packed with new cures from nature’s larder: over 50 forgotten plants you can forage for free in our woods and country lanes.


Catch more trout!

Nymphing – the New Way (£20) sold out in its first printing in no time and the reprint has just hit the book- and tackle shops. So if you are making a new resolution this season to CATCH MORE TROUT – then perhaps it's time to try this technique which has won the French national team 7 gold medals in the World Championships. There is no better method for flyfishing in clear, stony-bottomed steams.

Catch more trout!

Ray Collier RIP

Ray Collier RIP

We are sorry to hear of the death of Ray Collier at the age of 79, Guardian countryside columnist and regular reviewer of our wildlife books. A great character and a genuine lover of the rural life.


Obituary

We were sorry to hear of the death of Jimmy Younger earlier this month, co-author of our book Megan Boyd, The Story of a Salmon Flydresser. Professional flytyer Jimmy and his wife Gloria were close friends of Megan in Sutherland.


Merlin Unwin Books April Special Offer

The Swan. A stunning natural history of the Mute swan, in full colour, by professional wildlife photographer and biologist Malcolm Schuyl. The book normally retails at £20 but throughout April you can buy it through out website for just £10 plus p&p!

Merlin Unwin Books April Special Offer

The Ride of My Life - Covertside review

The Ride of My Life - Covertside review

The Ride of My Life by Michael Clayton has been reviewed in the Spring issue of Covertside - the magazine for the Master of Fox Hounds Association in the USA. The reviewer says: 'Clayton’s wit and charm are laced into every story he recounts. This story of his hunting life criss-crosses his many careers: television and radio reporter, wa correspondent, into his other life… foxhunting. A good read about a remarkable man.' You can read the review in full here:


New ebooks - available now!

New in ebook as well as elegant hardback are now: Trout in Dirty Places by Theo Pike and two to teach you all you need to know from Dominic Garnett: Flyfishing for Coarse Fish and Canal Fishing.

New ebooks - available now!
New ebooks - available now!
New ebooks - available now!

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Offer of the month


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