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 working on one of our 2018 new titles: Horse Games - one man's search for the tribal horse contests of Asia and Africa


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Christmas deliveries, delivery dates and opening times

Christmas deliveries, delivery dates and opening times

                                    

Normal UK delivery remains at £3.50, no matter how many books in the parcel. We can also deliver direct to your friends and family at this same cost, saving you the effort of going to the post office!

Second-class post deadline
Most individual orders are sent out by second class post so if you’re buying books for Christmas gifts, the last date we can accept orders for delivery in time for Christmas is 4pm on Tuesday 19 December.

Courier deadline
Alternatively, for an extra £1.50 we can send parcels by Fedex if you let us know by 12 noon on Thursday 21 December, but you will need to telephone us on 01584 877456.

Christmas opening times
Our office will be open until 5pm on Thursday 21 December and re-open at 9am Tuesday 2 January.

Christmas deliveries, delivery dates and opening times

Maneaters of Kumaon - The Field

The Maneaters of Kumaon (£15.99) by Jim Corbett has been reviewed by Alexandra Henton in the December issue of The Field. Alex says: 'With his exceptional fieldcraft, he was unsurpassed as a tracker. His first-hand accounts of tracking and killing man-eating tigers…. are exquisite to read. He was a true combination of hero and convervationist. It is prettily buttressed by tiger-print endpapers and features Raymond Sheppard’s superb line illustrations. Corbott said ‘a tiger is a large-hearted gentleman with boundless courage’. The same could be said of the most famous tiger tracker of all.' You can read the review in full here:

Maneaters of Kumaon - The Field

Merlin Unwin Books December Special Offer

Merlin Unwin Books December Special Offer

Catching a giant trevally (or ‘GT’) on a fly rod is the pinnacle of flats fishing: highly challenging, requiring skill, preparation and courage. So if you're planning the trip of a lifetime and want to tackle the ultimate thrill species, you'll need a copy of GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally.

'Peter McLeod writes with great insight and authority, and throughout the book he feeds the reader with generous amounts of practical information which will make the difference between success and failure on your next giant trevally expedition.' Fin Chaser's Magazine

The book normally retails at £30 but throughout December you can buy it through our website for just £25 plus p&p!

Merlin Unwin Books December Special Offer

My Wood - BBC Wildlife Magazine

My Wood - BBC Wildlife Magazine

My Wood by Stephen Dalton has been reviewed by Derek Niemann in the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine. Derek says 'Images that dazzle with innovation. Woodland is a tricky habitat to photograph, with variable light and the clutter of vegetation, yet Dalton enables us to look through the trees with perfect clarity at bluebells in dappled shade or at a brilliant show of wild garlic by a brook.' You can read the review in full here:


Authors out and about

Authors out and about

He’s much more delighted than he looks! We are so proud of our author and dairy farmer Roger Evans who a couple of days ago was presented with his OBE by HRH Prince Charles for his outstanding service to the dairy industry. Author of Fifty Bales of Hay, A View from the Tractor and A Farmer’s Lot, Roger had a wonderful time at the Palace and is now telling all his cows about it.

 

   

 


Authors out and about

Stephen Dalton will be signing copies of My Wood at Waterstones in Horsham on Saturday, 25 November, from 11am. Why not go along and meet Stephen and grab a signed copy?

Authors out and about

Authors out and about

Chris Clegg, author of the Scottish Wildcat, was the special guest speaker at this year’s Scottish Wildcat Action forum held was held last week at National Trust Scotland's Culloden Battlefield site. Chris, a former biologist, gave a talk about his new book to a specially invited audience dedicated to saving Scotland's wildcat.

Authors out and about
Authors out and about
Authors out and about

Hedgerow Medicine - chart topping herbal book

Delighted to see that Hedgerow Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal is currently the number 1 bestseller in Traditional Medicine & Remedies on Amazon!

Hedgerow Medicine - chart topping herbal book
Hedgerow Medicine - chart topping herbal book

Merlin Unwin Books out and about

Merlin Unwin Books out and about

Karen McCall and Merlin Unwin are giving a talk at Ludlow Methodist Church, Broad Street, Ludlow this Thursday 16 November at 2.30pm. The talk entitled 'Country Pursuits' is a behind-the-scenes look at publishing countryside books. The talk is part of the Ludlow Palmers Talk and Tea series. Tickets cost £5 and include tea and cake!
Merlin Unwin Books out and about

The Scottish Wildcat - Dundee Courier review

The Scottish Wildcat - Dundee Courier review

The Scottish Wildcat by Christopher Clegg has been reviewed by Rachel Jackson in the Dundee Courier. Rachel says 'A fascinating read for wildlife enthusiasts and anyone who wants to find out more about this elusive iconic creature.'


The WI Countrywoman's Year 1960

Bonfire Night … and thoughts might turn to cinder toffee! This recipe is from our new book, the WI Countrywoman’s Year 1960, which has a lovely retro 1960s fabric cover.

Cinder Toffee recipe

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8oz sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon golden syrup

1/8 pint cold water
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon warm water

Heat the sugar, cream of tartar, golden syrup and water until the sugar is dissolved. Boil to 300°F (hard crack stage) without stirring. Put the bicarbonate of soda in the warm water and add to the mixture, which will froth. Stir and pour into an old tin. When cold break into pieces.
This sweet-making section of the winter chapter also includes how to make orange an lemon fruit pastilles, chocolate, or coffee and walnut fudge, rum truffles, caramels, buttered nuts (yum!) and both cooked and uncooked fondants.

 

The WI Countrywoman's Year 1960
The WI Countrywoman's Year 1960

Merlin Unwin Books November Special Offer

The Black Grouse is the first book ever dedicated to this fascinating, severely-declining species. This lovely illustrated hardback is our chosen promotion for November and here’s what some of the reviewers said about it:  
 
'In his book, author Patrick Laurie offers more than just sumptuous drawings and natural history. He’s passionate about those birds.' Perthshire Advertiser

‘Beautifully illustrated book …. with insightful accounts of Patrick’s own efforts to restore numbers on his farm. It is a must-read for those with a general interest in natural history.’ Gamewise

The book normally retails at £20 but throughout November you can buy it through out website for just £15 plus p&p!

Below: Greyhen on holly bush from The Black Grouse.

 

Merlin Unwin Books November Special Offer
Merlin Unwin Books November Special Offer

A Year in Shropshire - The English Bridge, Shrewsbury

A Year in Shropshire - The English Bridge, Shrewsbury

A winter scene of lights reflected in the swollen waters of the River Severn at Shrewsbury, there has been a crossing at the site of the English Bridge since medieval times. Merlin Unwin Books Chairman is crestfallen that his beloved Shrewsbury Town Football Club (whose grounds The Gay Meadow were situated until ten years ago just behind the English Bridge) was until last weekend the only unbeaten team in the football league. Peterborough had to go and spoil all that.

Photo from A Year in Shropshire (£20)

A Year in Shropshire - The English Bridge, Shrewsbury

GTs - Bird -vs- Fish (Blue Planet II)

Fishermen reported GT's taking birds from the air and the BBC showed proof in Sunday nights Blue Planet II. Meanwhile Peter McCleod explains how to catch them on rod and line in the only book on the subject of catching these thugs of the flats: GT – A Fly Fisher's Guide to Giant Trevally.

GTs - Bird -vs- Fish (Blue Planet II)

Much Ado About Mutton - The Guardian

Much Ado About Mutton - The Guardian

Delighted to see that Rosamund Young has included Much Ado About Mutton in her 'Top 10 books about pastoral life'. A timely reminder that now is the perfect time to eat mutton!


Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

We spent five days at the Frankfurt Book Fair earlier this month, talking about our existing books with translation potential and also about our exciting new projects.

Photos:
Top left: Karen McCall, MD, Merlin Uniwn Books and Jane Coffey, MD, Peribo - our Australian Distributors.
Top right: Just one of the six halls over three floors at Frankfurt Book Fair. Our Merlin Unwin Books stand is roughly in the centre of the image - Hall 6.0, stand B129.
Below left: Our Merlin Unwin Books stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017.
Below right: Karen McCall, MD, Merlin Unwin Books - discussing possible French language rights for some of our books with Christophe Savoure and Lucie Nedellic of Editions du Gerfaut. Christophe and Lucie have already signed up Nymphing – the New Way and Tying Flies with CDC.

 

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Frankfurt Book Fair 2017


Land's End to John O'Groats - The Daily Express

Land's End to John O'Groats - The Daily Express

Land's End to John O'Groats by Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine has been featured in The Daily Express. Travel writer Allison Frith says: 'explores the entire route but splits it into seven easy stages, encouraging ramblers to undertake the epic overland odyssey piece by piece rather than in one arduous and time-consuming go. Filled with beautiful photography, it's an evocative first-hand account of the journey.'

Land's End to John O'Groats - The Daily Express

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