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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A Year in Shropshire unboxing

A Year in Shropshire unboxing

What's to love about Shropshire? Take a look at A Year in Shropshire (£20) in the authors unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3uYcBaPtXI

 


GT - Fishing SA review

GT - Fishing SA review

GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally by Peter McLeod has been reviewed by Shane Murton in the August/September issue of Fishing SA Magazine. Shane says: 'A very comprehensive piece of work, full of useful information..... You name it and the subject is covered..... The book is well worth perusing, with some anecdotal yarns mixed with hard fact. I read it from cover to cover, and thoroughly enjoyed it' You can read Shane's review in full here:

GT - Fishing SA review

#Otters

#Otters

#Otters

Merlin Unwin Books out and about

Merlin Unwin Books out and about

Come and meet us at our stand at the Burwarton Show, Shropshire, tomorrow, Thursday 3 August – one of the most traditional one-day agricultural shows in the country. The show was first held 126 years ago, had a gap at the outbreak of World War I and reformed in 1947 after World War II. We will meet our readers who will be watching the livestock judging, the Sheltland Pony Grand National, Parade of Vintage Tractors, Decorated Heavy Horse parade and more.

Merlin Unwin Books out and about
Merlin Unwin Books out and about

Merlin Unwin Books August special offer

Merlin Unwin Books August special offer

Britain’s canals have never been in better shape: cleaner, more accessible, and with a huge range of species to target. So wherever you are travelling this summer, there is certain to be a canal near you – and Dominic Garnett’s practical guide, Canal Fishing, not only tells you how best to catch the fish, but also lists the venues with the local hotspots, notable fish records for each canal, local tackle shops and how to buy the very inexpensive permits.

Beautiful colour pictures throughout. A must-have.

Canal Fishing normally retails at £20 but throughout August you can buy it through out website for just £15 plus p&p!

Merlin Unwin Books August special offer
Merlin Unwin Books August special offer

New stock - available now!

Matching the Hatch is back in stock. No need to waste hours fishing with the wrong fly!

We have reprinted this classic pocket guide which shows you, at a glance, how to find in your flybox the ideal imitation of the natural insects the trout are feeding on at any particular time.

'It is truly a pleasure to browse though: a small gem of a book.' – The Independent, Michael McCarthy

'This book is a masterpiece of condensed detail set out in a most atttractive and reader-friendly way. No words are wasted. The reader is taken straight to the essential information. It is described as a pocket guide and indeed it will slip comfortably into the pocket. But the amount of information contained therein could fill a much larger volume.' – Wild Trout Trust News

'The layout is well thought-out and easy to navigate. After only a quick browse, I felt immediately familiar with the organisation of the book and could find the information I wanted quickly. The photos are excellent. This is the book every fly fisherman has been waiting for. Although it s meaty enough to be an interesting read, the book s achievement is that its clever delivery reduces the time you need to spend with it, leaving more time for fishing.' – The Flyfisher

Available as a paperback or as an ebook – both £7.99 

New stock - available now!

Nice catch!

Nice catch!

An otter catches a salmon in the falls pool on the river Forss and drags it up the cataract. Thanks for letting us use the photo William Newton!

Nice catch!

Sneak peek!

Sneak peek!

My Wood (published September 2017).

Sneak peek!

Adder fact

Adder fact

Most snakes regularly bask in in the sun and rely on its warmth to bring their bodies up to working temperature. This activity is of special importance to adders who spend a large part of their waking lives sunbathing.

Adders choose their basking spots very carefully to be at exactly the correct angle to the sun’s rays, and will move several times during the day to keep in direct sunlight. Favourite basking sites are devoid of thick vegetation; a path or track or an area cropped by livestock or rabbits, but always next to thick cover into which the snake can disappear if threatened. In particularly favourable locations, several adders will often lie together in the spring, sometimes coiled on top of each other.

Adders will adopt various basking techniques according to the temperature. On cool days or in weak sunshine the snake will lie at full length or in a loose loop. To expose as much skin to the sun as possible, it will flatten its body to an almost comical degree.

As the day warms, the snake will lie in tighter coils, re-arranging itself every so often to gain the greatest benefit from the sun. On hotter days snakes will lie partially concealed by vegetation, changing position now and then to expose a different part of the body. Very hot sunshine will drive them into the shade completely.

Photo below: An adder and a peacock butterfly drawn to the same sunny spot (from The Private Life of Adders by Rodger McPhail – £14.99)

Adder fact

Kitchen Medicine

Kitchen Medicine

We've all been in the situation where we go to our medicine cabinets for some remedy or treatment and find we've run out. But there's no need to panic – the average kitchen also contains many handy but often overlooked remedies for treating common ailments or household emergencies. The products for these remedies include herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, condiments and dressings, oils and vinegars, and many other common and familiar items.

For instance, sunburn, insect (including mosquito) bites and hot, itchy skin can all be treated by rubbing the area with the inside of the banana skin for cooling relief. Banana skins can also be used daily on the backs of hands to lighten age and liver spots.



Kitchen Medicine (written by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal - authors of the best-selling Hedgerow Medicine) describes the wealth of healing and emergency remedies that sit unused and idle in the kitchen.

The ingredients are all easily found in the kitchen although in some cases they are exotic in origin (just think of tea, coffee and chocolate).

The ailments and illnesses that Kitchen Medicine (£16.99 HB) can address are comprehensively listed, making diagnosis and cure both immediate and easy – and it's now also available as an ebook (£12.75) too!

Kitchen Medicine

Sneak peek!

Sneak peek!

Land's End to John O'Groats (published September 2017).

Sneak peek!

Merlin Unwin Books July special offer

Merlin Unwin Books July special offer

The annual event of Royal Swan Upping will take place this year on Monday 17 July at Sunbury Lock cut and will finish at Abingdon Bridge on Friday 21 July. The Queen’s Swan Warden is responsible for collecting data and assessing the health of young cygnets, including checking for injuries. The teams of Royal Swan Uppers in scarlet uniforms row skiffs and are joined by Swann Uppers from the Vinters’ and Dyers’ livery companies. Children are invited to view some of the cygnets at close quarters en route.

The event forms a chapter in photographer and wildlife author Malcolm Schuyl’s informative book The Swan – which is a stunning full-colour natural history of the Mute swan.

The Swan normally retails at £20 but throughout July you can buy it through out website for just £10 plus p&p!

Merlin Unwin Books July special offer

Wild Flowers of Britain shortlisted for award

Wild Flowers of Britain shortlisted for award

Delighted to announce that Wild Flowers of Britain has been shortlisted for the Cumbria Tourism Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2017.
 
Author/illustrator, Margaret Wilson, who from 1954 taught modern languages at Kendal Girls High School had devoted 45 years of her life painting wild flowers in her spare time and introduced many Kendal girls to the fascination of botany, taking many of them on guided walks.
 
Margaret Wilson was an influential member of Kendal Natural History Society, leading field trips and acting as their secretary and press correspondent. She became Vice-President of the Society in 2001 and President in 2007. She delighted in walking the fells.
 
Although her painting was highly acclaimed in certain circles: she had exhibited her paintings at the RHS Botanical Art Show in London and won silver medals on at least two occasions, Kendal Natural History Society was largely unaware of this wonderful collection of 150 paintings until they were left it in Margaret’s will.
 
Consequently, all royalties of this book go to Kendal Natural History Society and we are proud to have this gem of a book on our list.
 
 
Wild Flowers of Britain shortlisted for award

Hammer Guns - Australian Shooter review

Hammer Guns - Australian Shooter review

Diggory Hadoke's Hammer Guns has been reviewed in the July issue of Australian Shooter Magazine - the magazine for the Sporting Shooter's Association of Australia. The book was reviewed bySam Talbot, Communications Officer, who said: 'Hammer Guns in Theory and Practice is a great read for any firearm aficionado or an impressive coffee table book for just about anyone else.' You can read Sam's review in full here:

Hammer Guns - Australian Shooter review

Roger Evans, OBE

Roger Evans, OBE

Congratulations to our author, Roger Evans, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list this month for services to the dairy industry.


Tying Flies with CDC

Tying Flies with CDC

Tired of spending out a fortune on dry flies? The easiest and quickest ones to tie yourself are from that non-sink material, CDC. Leon Link’s £14.99 guide, Tying Flies with CDC, is a step-by-step easy to follow practical large-format book. Here is one of his recommendations: the killing but simple F Fly devised by Fratnik. It’s easy to tie, it lasts well, it is visible and easy to see – and it is extremely effective, for trout and grayling on rivers and lakes. It is just a hook with a few CDC feathers bound to it with tying thread and cut down to size. The body is tied with fine waxed thread. Simple.

Tying Flies with CDC

Best cycling in the Forest of Bowland

Some of the best cycling country in Britain is surely in the beautiful Forest of Bowland AONB Most of its roads are minor and they pass through a large area classified as AONB. Cycling the winding hilly roads suddenly rewards with a dramatic viewpoint as the routes cross important watersheds.


Photos from The Forest of Bowland (£20)

Best cycling in the Forest of Bowland
Best cycling in the Forest of Bowland
Best cycling in the Forest of Bowland

Nymphing - the new way: American Angler review

Nymphing - the new way: American Angler review

Nymphing – the New Way by Jonathan White has been reviewed by Ben Romans in American Angler Magazine. You can read Ben's review in full here:

Nymphing - the new way: American Angler review

June wildflowers

June wildflowers

Red corn poppy, blue lady's finger, white helleborine and pink thrift all flower this month. Wild Flowers of Britain (£8.99)

June wildflowers

My puppy hates car journeys!

My puppy hates car journeys!

If you are taking your puppy on holiday with you and are anxious about problems you might encounter on the journey, then in the Common Problems section of her invaluable book Training Your Puppy (£9.99), professional dog-trainer Fiona Baird offers the following practical advice:

My puppy hates car journeys!

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