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THE COUNTRY CHILD is a semi-autobiographical story about a girl growing up in the country. Alison Uttley has drawn on her own youth to produce memories so vivid and nostalgic that you can almost smell the honeysuckle and hear the owls calling at dusk. She writes about the small intense joys and sorrows of life on a small farm: the fun of haymaking, the sadness of favourite animals being slaughtered, and the close sweetness of Christmas celebrations in the farmhouse kitchen.Also in A Puffin Book: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
H.E. Bates and C.F. Tunnicliffe were both inspired by the beauty of the English countryside. This title is their tribute to its many faces: the magnificence of winter blizzards, the sudden sweet arrival of spring blossom, the heavy scent of an August garden, or the bronze glow of autumn light.
The pages are full of sharp observations which reveal the loveliness of every- day sights and fleeting moments, from the charm of butterflies and their names to the behaviour of animals and birds, the joys of gardening and the character of the people and their landscape.
"John Cowan is headkeeper on a large Scottish estate, and has worked as a gamekeeper all his life. In this new book, he passes on everything he knows about the profession he loves.The book is crammed with fascinating practical advice - but it is also a very entertaining read for anyone interested in the day-to-day challenges and joys of running a busy sporting estate.It can be read for its countless tips and gamekeeping wisdom, or simply for pleasure, for the unique insight into the hard-working but rewarding life of the modern gamekeeper.With informative drawings of traps and snares by Roger Penwill and classic wildlife illustrations from C.F. Tunnicliffe. "
A celebrated countryside classic by sportsman and naturalist Ian Niall, with C.F. Tunnicliffe's illustrations. Together, they have delighted a new generation of country lovers with these recollections of a lifetime's shooting, fishing and by observing the endless fascinating nuances of nature.
The Seasons and the Gardener was first published in 1940 as one in a series of Cambridge children's books related to the natural world. H. E. Bates provides a beautifully written account of the British garden in its interaction with the seasons. This is combined with a large number of illustrations by the renowned naturalistic artist C. F. Tunnicliffe. In exploring the various aspects of gardening the book manages to retain a broadly educational approach, whilst conveying this information in a highly readable, personal style. This is a delightful document of its time, which explores the idea of the garden as a place of refuge in an increasingly mechanical world.
Richard Jefferies (1848 1887) remains one of the most thoughtful and most lyrical writers on the English countryside. He had aspirations to make a living as a novelist, but it was his short, factually based articles for The Live Stock Journal and other magazines, drawn from a wealth of knowledge of the rural community into which he had been born, which when collected in book form brought him recognition (though not wealth), and which continued to be read and admired after his early death. Wild Life in a Southern County, published in 1879, examines the habitats of the Downs and the birds and animals which live there. Written in Jefferies' highly descriptive style, these essays reveal his deep love and knowledge of the countryside. The sense of wonder evoked by the natural world, which permeates all of Jefferies' works, is fully exemplified in this volume.
The Seasons and the Fisherman was first published in 1941 as one in a series of Cambridge children's books related to the natural world. F. Fraser Darling provides a beautifully written account of the interaction between humanity and life underwater. This is combined with a large number of illustrations by the renowned naturalistic artist C. F. Tunnicliffe. The book has the dual purpose of educating and entertaining the young reader, a purpose that is achieved through conveying information in a highly readable, personal style. This is a delightful account that will enthral readers today, just as it did at the time of original publication.
Swimming in from cold currents in the Atlantic, drawn by a deep impulse to reach ancestral spawning grounds inland, Salar - the 'leaper' - is a five year-old salmon returning to the stream of its birth. Salar's migration through the riverways of Devon - surviving porpoises, seals, nets, fishermen, otters, poachers and weirs - is one of nature's great journeys. Intense, brilliantly imagines, the salmon's perilous return leaves us with a vivid, unsentimental picture of how both people and wildlife rely on a river and its estuary. Originally published in 1935, Salar the Salmon combines Henry Williamson's great talent as a writer with his insight as a naturalist. This edition includes the black and white illustrations by C.F. Tunnicliffe that first appeared in 1936.
When R.M. Lockley settled on Skokholm, an uninhabited island off the Pembrokeshire coast, he was 24 years old. It was a boyhood dream to be with birds and flowers in some remote place', to live like Robinson Crusoe. But when war broke out in September 1939, this dream island life had to be abandoned. Knowing he may never return, Lockley began writing about the history and wildlife of his beloved island. He sent what he wrote to his friend and brother-in-law John Buxton - a naturalist captured by the Germans in Norway in 1940. These letters to a prisoner-of-war, intended to solace Buxton in his captivity, became Letters from Skokholm. Our new edition includes the illustrations by C.F. Tunnicliffe that appeared in the first edition. First published 1947 by J.M. Dent & Sons.
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