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

Philip Dunne MP
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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!

GT - The Complete Fly Fisherman (SA) review

GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally by Peter McLeod has been reviewed in the March issue of The Complete Fly Fisherman (South Africa). The reviewer says: 'GTs have come of age as a prized fly fishing trophy, and rightfully so. They are now a coveted trophy, and anglers travel from far and wide to do battle with this ferocious animal, with the big GTs getting the better of their human adversaries on a regular basis. Stunning photographs. Down-to-the-point advice that will stand you in good stead if one day you find yourself on a GT flat. …get the book before you spend one further penny. You’ll be glad you did.' You can read the review in full here:

GT - The Complete Fly Fisherman (SA) review
GT - The Complete Fly Fisherman (SA) review

Nymphing - the new way: Ask About Fly Fishing interview

Learn all there is to know about French Nymphing from Jonathan White (author of Nymphing – the new way) on the highly popular US radio chat show Askaboutflyfishing.com – the interview is available to 'listen again' now!

Nymphing - the new way: Ask About Fly Fishing interview

New book - coming soon!

New book - coming soon!

Wayside Medicine, the latest book from the authors of Hedgerow Medicine and Kitchen Medicine, Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, is published on 4 May 2017. Watch this space….


Hammer Guns - Shooting Sportsman review

Hammer Guns - Shooting Sportsman review

Hammer Guns by Diggory Hadoke has been reviewed in the March/April issue of Shooting Sportsman - the American magazine of Wingshooting and Fine Guns. The reviewer said: 'A stimulating new book .... both informative and enjoyable. The book is terrific value… not only a provocative pleasure to read but it also is a convincing argument that hammer guns are the best guns ever made’. You can read the review in full here:

Hammer Guns - Shooting Sportsman review

Tapole update

Tapole update

A cluster of newly hatched tadpoles in the Merlin Unwin Books pond.


April wild flowers

April wild flowers

So many to look out for: wood sorrel, dog violet, cowslip.... Wild Flowers of Britain (£8.99) – the perfect Easter gift!


Venison - Wild Deer & Hunting magazine review

Venison, the game larder, has been reviewed in the March issue of Wild Deer & Hunting magazine (Australia and New Zealand). The reviewer says: 'A book of exciting venison recipes is enhanced throughout by the clever design and layout work. Much more than a book on cooking, this production exults the value of deer to a society of hunters worldwide who truly value the animal for all its qualities.' You can read the review in full here:

Venison - Wild Deer & Hunting magazine review
Venison - Wild Deer & Hunting magazine review

Merlin Unwin Books April Special Offer

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

Swan Facts

Swan Facts

Egg-laying begins for swans this month, averaging 6 in a nest but up to 13. The swan’s egg, weighing about 350g, is among the largest birds' eggs in the world. The female (the pen) sits on the nest, periodically turning the eggs,  for the next 35 days or so until hatching.

Photos from The Swan by Malcolm Schuyl (£20)

Swan Facts

Shropshire Lad II

Shropshire Lad II

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

From A Shropshire Lad by A E Housman.

Photo of St Laurence's Church, Ludlow by Gareth Thomas taken from the Merlin Unwin Books photographic edition of A Shropshire Lad.


New stock available now!

New stock available now!

New stock of Wild Flowers of Britain has arrived in our warehouse. Here are some early spring flowers to start looking out for: lungwort, crocus, hairy wood rush, ivy speedwell, bog myrtle and lots more!


Beautiful Bowland

Beautiful Bowland

It might be cold but it’s beautiful too. One of over 180 stunning images from The Forest of Bowland by Helen Shaw and Andrew Stahchuski (£20).

Above: View towards Cold Stone and Kearsden Holes


GT temptation

GT temptation

Peter McLeod, author of GT – A Fly Fishers Guide to Giant Trevally is currently away on a 10-day mothership-based adventure in the Seychelles to Providence Atoll. Of all the atolls in the Indian Ocean, Providence is perhaps the most exciting as they explore the unknown. At over 140 km² Providence is the largest of all the atolls they fish offering huge adventure to those that wade her flats. There are two small land masses at either end, North Island and Cerf Island in the south. It is not possible to see one from the other which will give you an inkling of how big an area there is to fish. Between the two is a piscatorial playground of massive open sand and turtle grass flats intersected by channels creating GT highways; the perfect hunting ground for marauding GTs. We look forward to hearing how it goes.

GT temptation
GT temptation

March wild flowers

We also have a whole host of wild spring flowers to enjoy this month including primroses, pussy willow, sweet violets, lesser periwinkles and dandelions. Spring is finally here! The image left is another of the 150 stunning watercolour images in Wild Flowers of Britain (£8.99). The book is selling extremely well and we only have a handful of copies left in stock but a new printing is due to arrive in our warehouse on 23 March.

March wild flowers

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Offer of the month


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