Suggested Reading List
101 Beautiful Small Towns Britain
Author: Tom Aiken
Description: A lavishly illustrated and informative tour of Britain's beautiful and historic towns.
A Journey Through Tudor England
Author: Suzannah Lipscomb
Description: Through visits to Tudor England’s historic palaces, castles, theaters and abbeys, Suzannah Lipscomb brings to life the rich history of the Tudors.
A Traveller's History of Oxford
Author: Richard Tames
Description: A compact history of Oxford from settlement to the present, including its importance in medieval England, founding of the different colleges and brief period as Royalist capital. Tames also discusses the architecture of the colleges and includes biographies of illustrious alumni.
A Writer's House in Wales
Author: Jan Morris
Description: In this extended essay, Morris uses her much-loved 18th-century house as a point of departure for a meditation on Welsh identity.
Exploring English Castles, Evocative, Romantic and Mysterious True Tales of the Kings and Queens of the British Isles
Author: Edd Morris
Description: A picturesque, coffee-table tour through the grandest castles in England, including Bodiam, Framlingham and Kenilworth. Morris' color photos are accompanied by legends and tales about each structure.
Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It
Author: Craig Taylor
Description: Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of the city's citizens who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities.
Notes from a Small Island
Author: Bill Bryson
Description: A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Description: Adventure in the highlands of 18th-century Scotland starring the dashing outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Part of the "Penguin Classics" series, this book contains explanatory notes and an introduction that sets it in its historical context.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Author: Neal Ascherson
Description: Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
The Age of Shakespeare
Author: Frank Kermode
Description: A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar.
The Brontes, Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family
Author: Juliet Barker
Description: Hailed as the first distinctive account of the Brontes, this tome incorporates information gleaned from manuscripts and never-before-used historical documents to present an accurate and fascinating portrait of one of England’s most famous literary families.
The Highland Clans
Author: Alistair Moffat
Description: This excellent compact history of the Scottish Highland clans brings to life their leaders, traditions, families and heroic deeds with color illustrations, photos, a clan map and an alphabetical family list.
The Story of England
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
Author: Richard Jenkyns, Mary Beard (Editor)
Description: In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral.
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster
Author: William W. Starr
Description: Beginning and ending in Edinburgh and making stops at Glasgow, Culloden, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more, William Starr follows hilariously in the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson across Scotland.