Suggested Reading List
A History of Modern Wales 1536-1990
Author: Philip Jenkins
A History of Wales
Author: John Davies
Description: Stretching from the Ice Ages to the present day, this masterful account traces the political, social and cultural history of the land that has come to be called Wales. Spanning prehistoric hill forts and Roman ruins to the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution and the series of strikes by Welsh miners in the late twentieth century, this is the definitive history of an enduring people: a unique and compelling exploration of the origins of the Welsh nation, its development and its role in the modern world. This new edition brings this remarkable history into the new era of the Welsh Assembly.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Description: Famous Victorian children's story featuring the rabbit hole, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Chess game.
Beatrix Potter's Lakeland
Author: Hunter Davies
Description: Reissued with Beatrix Potter illustrations and previously unpublished materials, this book combines authoritative text with colour photographs taken during the course of a complete year to show the Lake District in all its seasons and moods.
Beatrix Potter: Her Lakeland Years
Description: This is the compelling story of the real Beatrix Potter, based on interviews with those who knew her. Spread over the 40 years that the author edited "Cumbria Magazine", these interviews recall memories stretching back to the time when Beatrix bought the now famous Hill Top farm at Sawrey in the heart of Lakeland. She was already internationally acclaimed for her series of 'Peter Rabbit' books and her local status was increased when she married William Heelis, a Hawkshead solicitor. The books gave her the means to purchase over 4,000 acres of land, which on her death in 1943 was bequeathed to the National Trust as her personal legacy to the Lake District. The many archive and present-day photographs in this fully illustrated book place a new light on the Lakeland years of Beatrix Potter. Pride of place is given to the breed of sheep that she did so much to foster - her beloved Herdwicks.
Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales
Author: Beatrix Potter
Description: This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 of Beatrix Potter's Tales in one deluxe volume with all their original illustrations. A perfect gift to introduce children to the world of Beatrix Potter, the Complete Tales is also an ideal christening present; traditional and timeless, it's a classic for any nursery shelf.
Castles of the Welsh Princes
Author: Paul Davies
Description: Order from www.ylolfa.com
Author: Catherine Gordon
Cotswolds & The Spirit of the Cotswolds
Author: Susan Hill
Portrait of North Wales
Author: Michael Senior
Description: Order from www.carreg-gwalch.co.uk
Portrait of Snowdonia
Author: Jerry Ramsome
Description: Jerry Rawson’s superb set of over 140 evocative photographs are an emotional response to the landscape throughout all seasons, from the golden autumnal colours of the ancient woods around Dolgellau and Bala; the vast Arctic-like plateau of the Carneddau; the rugged ice-carved cwms and soaring ridges of the Glyderau and Tryfan, seen at its best in dawn light; the majestic Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), looking quite magnificent when cloaked in snow; and finally the western coastline with its golden beaches, estuaries and sand dunes backed by mountains, and looking splendid against the setting sun. His photographs capture brooding skies, storms sweeping across the landscape and the low light at dawn and dusk illuminating the countryside in a golden glow. Jerry’s images also show the secretive corners of Snowdonia, with its waterfalls, streams, woodlands and frozen grasses, which all contribute to the moods which make Snowdonia such a unique and wonderful place.
Shakespeare and Co.
Author: Stanley Wells
Description: "With the passing of the years Shakespeare has too often been isolated from his fellows. He is the greatest of them, but he would not have been what he is without them." -- so says Stanley Wells at the conclusion of what is a wonderfully readable look at the theatrical scene of Shakespeare's day. Concentrating on the Bard's contemporaries rather than the man himself (more than adequately covered elsewhere), Shakespeare & Co is accessible rather than academic (though by no means lightweight), and an excellent introduction to those figures who hover on the edges of Shakespeare's biography, all too undeservingly like bit-players in somebody else's drama. Individual chapters cover the theatrical scene (how plays were put together and presented, how they fit into the political mood of the time, and so on), and a brief look at some of the well-known actors of the day, before we get to the playwrights: Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher & Francis Beaumont and John Webster.
Snowdonia, Official National Park Guide
Author: Ian Mercer, Merfyn Williams, Jeremy Moore
Description: In the NATIONAL PARK GUIDE series, this volume introduces Snowdonia. It details the geology and scenery, climate, vegetation and wildlife, man's influence: prehistory and history, myths and customs and explores the Park giving useful information on recreational opportunities and places of interest. The colour photographs are by Jeremy Moore.
Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds: A Souvenir Colour Guide
Author: Michael Hall
Description: A guide to Shakespeare's birthplace, its wealth of Tudor buildings and their gardens, and the surrounding Cotswold countryside. The book provides an account of the Bard's association with Stratford, and also describes Kenilworth Castle, Coventry Cathedral and other places of interest nearby.
The Cotswolds: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)
Author: Jane Bingham
Description: The Cotswolds have featured on a thousand country calendars, but what is the real story behind the picture-perfect rural scene? Jane Bingham reveals a history of privilege and poverty, idyll and conflict, through the eyes of travellers, writers and artists. Lying in the heart of Southern England, the Cotswolds occupy a significant place in the history of the nation. Ancient stone circles and ruined Roman villas provide reminders of a distant past. Fine churches and manor houses survive from the prosperous Middle Ages, and the landscape also bears the scars of Civil War. The home of kings and nobles since Saxon times, the region is famous for its grand estates, while signs of an industrial age can be seen in its mills and factories. After the wool trade reached its peak in the fifteenth century, the fortunes of the Cotswolds suffered a slow decline as its villages sank into picturesque decay. But in the 1890s the region began to experience a remarkable transformation. It was then that William Morris and his followers discovered the area, establishing thriving centres for Arts and Crafts.
The Good Guide to the Lakes
Author: Tom Holman and Hunter Davies
Description: Revised and expanded edition of the bestselling guide to Lakeland. 'The Good Guide is the answer to every tourist's prayer, a comprehensive assessment which treads on toes as well as sparking off satisfied grins.' Lakescene 'I think he was most unfair to Barrow.' Town Clerk, Barrow 'You'll wonder how you managed without it.' Yorkshire Post Life is too short, holidays too precious, to waste time going to places which turn out draggy or boring. So the object is very simple - to guide you to all that is best to see and do in Lakeland, from mountains and lakes and walks to museums, hotels, restaurants and the latest tourist attractions. Amazing how each year new wonders appear, new places pop up, new services get offered. Also things close, go off, disappear. So it's vital, if you are one of Lakeland's 24 million visitors a year, to be as up to date, up to scratch as possible. Note well that this book contains no advertising, no payments have been received, unlike some guide books we could mention. And also that it has been written and researched here in Cumbria.