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Since our trip there last year, I have been devouring this type of book, and stockpiling them in a collection for future reading. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE OTHER PEOPLE'S LISTS OF THIS TYPE OF BOOK and thought others might like to have my list. i don't know how many of these might show up here at paperbackswap, but here are some books i've enjoyed this year, and a lot of books i plan to read in the future:
Deborah Crombie's mysteries which take place in England
Gwen Moffatt's mysteries with Miss Pink
Derek Tangye's books about their life in Cornwall
Rhys Bowen's mysteries set in Cornwall
Living with the Laird by Belinda Rathbone (yet to be read)
Insight Guides Scotland by Discovery Channel (a travel guide with gorgeous pictures and lots of information)
Peter Ackroyd's 'London'
A House by the Shore: 12 years in the Hebrides by Alison Johnson (I am really enjoying reading this one right now)
The World of Elizabeth Goudge
James Herriott's Yorkshire (with pictures)
Poldark's Cornwall (with pictures)
From the Border Hills by Molly Clavering
How the Heather Looks by Joan Bodger
Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland by Dorothy Wordsworth (with pictures)
Queen Victoria's Highland Journals (with pictures) put together by David Duff
Susan Allen Toth's 3 books: 'My Love Affair with England'; 'England As You LIke It'; and 'England for all Seasons'
Beatrix Potter's Lake District
Scotland: The Wild Places photographed by Colin Prior (one of the best books I've found of photography of Scotland)
Scotland's Coast photographed by Joe Cornish - another book with really great photography of Scotland
A Sense of Belonging: the favorite places of Scottish personalities by Andy Hall (a really wonderful book of pictures and descriptions)
Countryside photographed by Joe Cornish
An Innocent in Scotland by David W. McFadden
The Crofter and the Laird by John McPhee
The World of Rosamunde Pilcher (with photographs)
Sea Room and Island LIfe in the Hebrides by Adam Nicolson (yet to be read)
Beyond the Wild Wood by Peter Green (with pictures) about 'The Wind and the Willows' (yet to be read)
Meetings with Remarkable Trees (wonderful photographs of UK trees)
Enchanted Cornwall by Daphne DuMaurier (photographs)
The Making of Miss Potter (with photographs)
Bronte Country by Glenda Leeming (yet to be read)
Scotland is not for the Squeamish by Bill Watkins (yet to be read)
Writer's and their Houses by Kate Marsh (with photographs) (yet to be read)
Gervase Phinn's books about his teaching experiences; the first books if 'The Other Side of the Dale'
Our Village by Mary Russell Mitford
Faith Addis' books about their life after moving from London to Devon countryside
Castles in the Air by Judy Corbett (about restoring a stone mansion in Snowdonia)
Josephine Tey mysteries
Lovely is the Lee by Robert Giddings
Scene of the Crime - a guide to the landscapes of British detective fiction by Julian Earwaker and Katheleen Becker
My Small Country Living - Jeanine McMullen
A Reader's Guide to Writer's London by Ian Cunningham
Green, Green My Valley Now - Richard Llewellyn
Fred Secombe's book series of memoirs of being a curate
Seasons on Harris - David Yeadon
Thistle Soup by Peter Kerr
Johnson and Boswell - a Journey to the Western Islands
Dr. Sam Johnson Detector - Lillian de la Torre
Death Under Snowdon by Glyn Carr
O Come Ye Back to Ireland - Our First Year in County Clare by Niall Williams and Christine Breen
I have this book that might be a good addition to your list:
Chasing the Horizon: Our Adventures Through the British Isles and France (Journeys of Light)
By Patrick Kinkade
with illustrations by Thomas Kinkade
Also, I'm currently reading The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie by Charles Osborne, which has a lot of information about life in England. I'm up to the late 1940s, and found the World War II years were particularly interesting.
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I also would add to the list:
Cobwebs and Cream Teas and Dry Rot and Daffodils by Mary Mackie
Country Days by Alice Taylor
Counting My Chickens and Other Home Thoughts by the Duchess of Devonshire
Down the Garden Path by Beverley Nichols
84 Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
A Writer's Houes in Wales by Jan Morris
Chasing the Horizon by Patrick & Thomas Kinkade
The Edge of Day by Laurie Lee
Ireland: In a Glass of Its Own by Peter Biddlecombe
Are You Somebody? and Almost There by Nuala O'Faolain
Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides by James Boswell
Scottish Journey by Edwin Muir
Of Scottish Ways by Eve Begley
My Heart's in the Highlands by Liz Curtis Higgs
Roots of Stone by Hugh Allison
Mysterious Scotland by Michael Balfour
Four Scottish Journeys by Andrew Eames (who also wrote The 8:55 to Baghdad about the Orient Express)
This England by Mary Ellen Chase
An American's Guide to Britain by Robin Winks
Mystery Reader's Walking Guide to England by Alzina Dale
English Spring by Charles Brooks
The Dark Island by Vita Sackville-West
In the Footsteps of Johnson & Boswell by Israel Shenker
England by Nikos Kazantzakis
Here's England by Ruth McKenney
The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux
Sixpence House by Paul Collins
A Land by Jacquetta Hawkes
A Literary Tour Guide to England and Scotland by Emilie Harting
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Springtime in Britain by Edwin Way Teale
These Ruins Are Inhabited by Muriel Beadle
Literary Landscapes of the British Isles by David Daiches
100 Days on Holy Island by Peter Mortimer
Travels by Marti Cranford
Looking for Class: Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge by Bruce Feiler
Some fiction titles:
anything by Rebecca Shaw
most of Lawana Blackwell's books
Susan Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter Cottage Tales (and her Victorian Mysteries written as Robin Paige)
Liz Curtis Higgs Scottish series
Melanie Jeschke's Oxford Chronicles
anything by Penelope/Penny Culliford
anything by Mary Stewart
Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
I have more (about 3 shelves in my home library just for the non-fiction) but this list is getting rather long...
oh, what fun! thanks so much - i have a new notebook by my computer to put book titles that i want to read into. this will give me a bunch more. i have read 2 or 3 aunt dimitys and they are cute. i have read 2 rebecca shaw's i think. i LOVE helene hanff. i really enjoyed sixpence house. I love the beatrix potter mysteries, but have only read the first so far. the others are waiting on my shelf for me to get to them. i can't thank you enough - i just put them into my notebook.
i finished 'the crofter and the laird' by john macphee, and i was a little disappointed in it. but i still enjoyed it. it just wasn't quite as good as the reviews on the back.
i'm reading right now: 'once upon a time in great britain: a travel guide to the sights and settings fo your favorite children's stories' by melanie wentz - i'm really enjoying it. i have 'how the heather looks' by joan bodger and really love that one. i want to reread it since i read it before we went to the uk and i'd like to see if i recognize some of the places now.
and i'm reading 'the creaky traveler: in the north west highlands of scotland - a journey for the mobile but not agile' by warren rovetch - am really liking it. he gives good descriptions so it's not just giving tips for people planning a trip. i found the most gorgeous pictures of scotland on picasa by searching 'muckle flugga' and 'the shetlands'.
just finished interlibrary loan book, 'period piece' by gwen raverat - granddaughter of charles darwin/ written about everyday life growing up in cambridge (she was born in the very late 1800's).
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the following book:
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I have a few additions:
Lillian Beckwith -- a series of books about life in the Hebrides
Sybil Armstrong -- another series of books about life in the Hebrides
Phil Rickman, thrillers and mysteries set along the Welsh border
And the classic of British village life fiction: Miss Read!!!
And thanks for starting this great thread -- I have been adding to my wish and reminder list like mad!
Would you believe I just picked up The World of Rosamunde Pilcher for $1 at my library's FOL sale?! Along with a nice hardcover color copy of a gardening book by Vita Sackville-West also for only $1!!!
I just finished Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon. He played a lot of cricke and did the horses and houinds sport up to WWI. The book wonderfully evokes the English countryside (the Weald) and the various types of horsey people. I strongly recommend it to people as a background to novels by Agatha Christie and Margery Allingham. It was a best-seller in its day (late 1920s) because it is so plainly written. And after the Great War lots of people (not everybody) were nostalgic for the social order done in by the war.
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wow! bren - what fantastic finds at your library sale! and the fox hunting book mentioned above sound really interesting. i've just been watching the new series of agatha christie mysteries on pbs the last 2 weeks. sounds like great background.
i have almost all the beckwith books. i've read the first two and loved them. i've got to look for the series you spoke of by sybil armstrong - hadn't heard of her before. i also love miss read. i specially like listening to her books on cd/tape.
Julie do you like Daphne du Maurier's books? B/c if you do, you would probably like new author Kate Morton - she is very much like du Maurier in both her settings and her plot lines.
I know this thread is old, but I have gotten so many good book ideas from it that I couldn't resist adding to it. Lavinia Derwent has series about growing up in Scotland's Border Country early in the 20th Century that are very charming: A Breath of Border Air, Another Breath of Border Air, A Border Bairn, Beyond the Borders, and God Bless the Borders. She also has two books about her life as a young adult: Lady of the Manse and A Mouse in the Manse.
Also, Alan Titchmarsh wrote a book, "England, Our England", a celebration of things English.
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i actually have one of those books on a shelf waiting for me to get to it - a friend in ireland recommended it. i think i will move it to the front of my waiting to be read line! thanks!
I recently came across this list of British Village Life books on a New Zealand library website. I have read about 75% of them, and I want to attest that this list turned me on to all sorts of new books/authors and thought I would share it here with other like-minded readers:
Ferney by James Long
Time for a change by Erica James
Moving to the country by Anna Cheska
Fairacre Series by Miss Read
Thrush Green Series by Miss Read
Barsetshire Novels by Angela Thirkell
Miss Webster and Cherif by Patricia Duncker
The old house at Railes by Mary Pearce
Tales from Turnham Malpas Series by Rebecca Shaw
A country affair (The Barleybridge Series) by Rebecca Shaw
Bilbury pie : tales from the village of Bilbury by Vernon Coleman
Affairs at Hampden Ferrers : an English romance by Brian Wilson
Tales from Sarson Magna Series by Annie Leith
Mixed blessings by Elvi Rhodes
A nest of magpies by Sybil Marshall (Swithinford series)
Burracombe Series by Lilian Harry
Second time around by Marcia Willett
Mapp and Lucia by EF Benson
Pastures New by Ann Purser
A Village Affair by Joanna Trollope
A much married man by Nicholas Coleridge
Haweswater by Sarah Hall
A distant shore by Caryl Phillips
And a few that I have found on my own: Fanny Frewen, The Tortoise Shell, Sunlight on the Garden, A Woman's Judgement. Gentle tales of village life.
Susanna Kearsley: Named of the Dragon, which takes place in Wales and The Shadowy Horses, along Hadrian's Wall in northern England -- both stories deeply rooted in the past with a slightly supernatural twist.
The Cotswold series by Rebecca Tope. Murder and mayhem follow housesitter, Thea Osborne in her career as a housesitter in the Cotswolds. Wonderful evocations of the Cotswolds.
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