Bradt Travel Guides, £14.99, Jini Reddy
Publishers Bradt have a real pedigree when it comes to books on the UK (check out their excellent Slow Travel series) and this is another superb read. Writer Jini Reddy takes on 26 different adventures “connecting with nature in Britain”, from moonlight walks in Suffolk to foraging by kayak in Cornwall.
Open To All: How Youth Hostels Changed The World
FeedaRead.com, £9.98, Duncan M Simpson
“Beginning in 1929 with no money, no leader and only a simple idea, today they cover the globe.” So explains Duncan M Simpson in this comprehensive history of youth hostels in England and Wales. With long experience of working in hostels – and at YHA’s head office – he tackles the subject with insight and passion.
Jonathan Cape, £18.99, Nick Hayes
Sometimes, text is superfluous. This enchanting graphic novel does away with speech entirely, and uses the unlikely setting of a disused London reservoir to tell a moving, wordless tale of the power of connecting with the natural world. A beautiful, thought-provoking book.
The Snowdonia Way
Cicerone, £14.95, Alexander Kendall
With Cicerone you’re always guaranteed the kind of detailed walking guide that brings fresh life to a trail, and this new Snowdonia Way handbook is no exception. Following a spectacular route through the national park from Machynlleth to Conwy, the 176-page guide will appeal to all Eryri-lovers.
The Art of Discovery & Adventure
Thames & Hudson, £29.95, Huw Lewis-Jones & Kari Herbert
This extraordinary collection of extracts from the sketchbooks and journals of early global explorers – among them Darwin and Captain Scott – is a stirring reminder of a time when the concept of adventure meant uncovering brand new horizons. At times the sense of wonder almost bursts off the pages. Fascinating.