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My Wood - Wild Planet Photo Magazine

My Wood - Wild Planet Photo Magazine

Stephen Dalton, author of My Wood, has been interviewed in the September issue of Wild Planet Photo Magazine. They say 'It will appeal to naturalists, photographers, horticulturalists and animal lovers alike and is a celebration of the beauty of our countryside.' You can read the interview in full here.
 
 

Land's End to John O'Groats - BBC Radio Lancashire interview

Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine, authors of Land's End to John O'Groats - were interviewed by Sally Naden and Brett Davison on BBC Radio Lancashire last week. Sally and Brett talked to the Helen and Bob about the pleasure – and pain – of completing this iconic walk in seven two-week holiday stages over a period of 18 months. If you missed the interview you can list again here (1 hour, 40 min in.

Land's End to John O'Groats - BBC Radio Lancashire interview

My Wood book launch

We launched My Wood by Stephen Dalton in the beautiful setting of Sussex Wildlife Trust. My Wood celebrates the amazing diversity of Stephen's wood and is illustrated throughout with Stephen's breathtaking photographs of butterflies, birds, insects, spiders, mammals, plants and trees. My Wood is available now (£14.99).

My Wood book launch
My Wood book launch


My Wood - English Garden Magazine

My Wood - English Garden Magazine

Stephen Dalton, author of My Wood, has been interviewed by The English Garden Magazine. You can read the interview in full here.


Wayside Medicine - Country Homes & Interiors

Wayside Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal was reviewed in the August issue of Country Home & Interiors magazine who urge readers to 'Make life lovely – herbal medicine can be more useful for chronic health conditions that don't respond to prescription medication. Consuming milk thistle can help the digestive function, stimulate liver cell growth and detoxify the body. Read ....Wayside Medicine for more tips.'

Wayside Medicine - Country Homes & Interiors

Land's End to John O'Groats - Lancashire Telegraph

Land's End to John O'Groats - Lancashire Telegraph

Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine, authors of Land's End to John O'Groats, have been interviewed about their journey - which they completed in seven two-week holiday stages over a period of 18 months - by the Lancashire Telegraph. You can read the interview in full here:


My Wood - The RPS Journal

My Wood by Stephen Dalton has been included in the September edition of the RPS Journal - the membership magazine for the Royal Photographic Society.

My Wood - The RPS Journal
My Wood - The RPS Journal

Land's End to John O'Groats - The Times

Delighted to see Land's End to John O'Groats, by Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine, mentioned in Tom Chesshyre's travel tips section of The Times on Saturday! Tom says:

Land's End to John O'Groats guide
'It took the photographer Helen Shaw 81 days to walk from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’ Groats in the north of Scotland with her partner, Bob Shelmerdine. She describes their journey in a charming new book in which the epic, 1,140-mile walk is broken into stages, with a maximum of 21 miles a day recommended, handy maps and glossy pictures provided, and hotel advice offered (Merlin Unwin, £14.99).'

Land's End to John O'Groats - The Times

A Year in Shropshire - BBC Radio Shropshire interview

A Year in Shropshire - BBC Radio Shropshire interview

Mike, John and Lynne Hayward - photographers and author of A Year in Shropshire - were interviewed by Adam Green and Vicky Archer on BBC Radio Shropshire yesterday afternoon. Adam and Vicky talked to the Hayward family about the joys of working together and photographing the beautiful county of Shropshire. If you missed the interview you can listen again here (13 min in).


Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite! Cornish book launch

St. Mawe's favourite postman, Liam Malvin, held a book launch last night  which has been described as 'a great community event'. Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite! is a collection of short anecdotes about Liam's daily post round: the rural characters he meets, the wildlife he witnesses and the curious incidents that take place as he delivers the post.

Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite! Cornish book launch
Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite! Cornish book launch

New book - available now!

New book - available now!

Academic and wildcat enthusiast, Chris Clegg, holding a copy of his book The Scottish Wildcat which is available now!

New book - available now!

Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite! Roseland review

Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite by Liam Mulvin has been reviewed by Sallie Eden on the RoselandOnline website. Sallie says: 'Liam's book is nothing short of delightful.' You can read Sallie's review in full here.

Don't Worry He Doesn't Bite! Roseland review

Merlin Unwin Books September special offer

Merlin Unwin Books September special offer

Buying one of our newly published books? Why not add (at no extra postage cost!) a copy of our Book of the Month for September, Gone Native? Author Donald MacIntosh was short-listed for the Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year. MacIntosh, eldest son of an Perthshire woodcutter, worked solo for 30 years as a tree prospector and surveyor in the remote jungles of West Africa and this is a hardback collection of his surprising and amusing essays which take him from Nigeria to Liberia, Cameroon to Gabon….

Gone Native normally retails at £14.99 but throughout September you can buy it through out website for just £5 plus p&p!


A Year in Shropshire book launch

Shropshire and Beyond father and son photographers Mike and John Hayward wowed all the guests at the launch party of their new book, A Year in Shropshire (last night) at Ludlow Castle. Their stunning photographs from the book were projected on the walls and it was widely agreed that they really do showcase ‘Shropshire as you’ve never seen it before’. The book  is a handsome hardback (£20), it is published on 5 September but you can buy it from us now.

A Year in Shropshire book launch
A Year in Shropshire book launch



News books coming soon!

News books coming soon!

Award-winning photographer, Stephen Dalton, holding an advance copy of his book My Wood which is published a week today!

News books coming soon!

Land's End to John O'Groats - Western Morning News review

Land's End to John O'Groats - Western Morning News review

Land's End to John O'Groat's by Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine has been reviewed by Martins Hesp in this week's Western Morning News. Martin says: 'Why beat yourself up by doing the whole long shooting match in one go? Why not enjoy the British countryside at its best as you dawdle vaguely northwards through hill and dale? On the way, Helen took stunning photographs of the route and its coastal paths, meadowland, country lanes, moors and woods. With disarming frankness, she and Bob touch on the highs and lows of the adventure, their reactions to it, the surprising discoveries and the sheer joy of getting to know Britain in a completely new way.' You can read Martin's review in full here:

Land's End to John O'Groats - Western Morning News review

A Year in Shropshire - Shropshire Star review

A Year in Shropshire - Shropshire Star review

A Year in Shropshire by Mike and John Hayward has been reviewed by Thomas Morton in The Shropshire Star. Tom says: 'Mike and John Hayward have collaborated to showcase the country they love in over 160 stunning images in a glossy hardback coffee-table book.' You can read Thomas' piece in full here:

A Year in Shropshire - Shropshire Star review

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