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A Passion for Plants: The Treseders of Truro

Suzanne Treseder

A Passion for Plants coverIn 1857 three brothers left Cornwall for Australia in search of gold. One of them, John Garland Treseder, took with him vegetable seeds, and started a market garden. Soon there were nurseries, and a shop in Sydney, and John Treseder designed parks and gardens in New South Wales and Victoria. Returning to Cornwall, he imported some of the first in a long line of commercial introductions of Australasian plants, including the tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica, cordyline, phormium, eucalyptus, mimosa and pittosporum. Soon Treseders’ Nurseries were exporting these plants world-wide, to customers keen to acquire new, unusual plants.

For over 50 years Treseders’ Nurseries carried one of the largest collections of ornamental plants in the UK. In Cornwall and beyond, they landscaped railway stations, hotel and private gardens, feeding the overwhelming appetite for acclimatized exotics. In the mid-twentieth century, Neil Garland Treseder was the first person to appreciate the commercial importance of camellias, and in the 1960s Treseders’ catalogue featured 250 different varieties. Neil Treseder wrote extensively and authoritatively on camellias and magnolias. He named over 60 plants – many of which received the RHS Award of Garden Merit – and reflected that ‘I wouldn’t change my vocation. It’s the most exciting and spiritually rewarding occupation in the world.’

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Suzanne Treseder is the daughter of Neil Garland Treseder. Here she tells the story of her family’s passion for plants.

  • Foreword, by Sir Richard Carew Pole, President, Cornwall Gardens Trust
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1 A Cornish Family’s Passion for Plants
  • 2 John Garland Treseder, 1841–1923
  • 3 Ira Garland Treseder, 1877–1967
  • 4 Neil Garland Treseder, 1913–1983
  • 5 Andrew Garland Treseder, 1941–1983
  • Conclusion
  • Finis
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Index

ISBN: 0906720389
1st edition
Cased
120 pages
black and white photos
216 x 136mm
20.10.04
£12.95

‘This is a book that sets out to be the history of a business dynasty. It ends up as much more than that. As the Treseders zoom around the world collecting and exporting and designing, the reader’s jaw drops. As they swap English acorns for tree ferns with Sir Philip Fysh, Governor of Tasmania, the jaw starts to swing. As they conspire with Cecil Nice, the Queen’s tame magnolia fiend, the head begins to shake in wonderment. Of the fifteen books in print with this or a similar title, this is the one that best justifies its claim to passion. … it hides the soul of a romantic novel.’ (Sam Llewellyn in The Eden Project Friends Magazine, no. 17, Winter 2004)

‘It’s a fascinating tale, picking up dry old documents and turning them into an adventure story, charting journeys of discovery and a dedication to plantlife which has been passed on from generation to generation.’ (Western Morning News, 23.10.04)

‘An important and interesting horticultural history and a joy to read.’ (Cornish Gardener, November/December 2004)

‘It must be true to say that without their enterprise many of the excellent gardens we now have in Cornwall would not exist. A true tale of horticultural and high adventure, the story of John Garland Treseder’s voyage to Australia in search of gold is an epic in itself.’ (The Cornishman, 02.12.04)

‘For more than two hundred years the most important provincial nurserymen have doubled as garden designers, and as a result have had a substantial impact not just on the choice of plants but on the choice of planting style. Yet few nursery firms have been studied in any detail …
‘… it contains much fascinating historical information and considerable human interest …’ (Hortus, no. 72, Winter 2004)

‘You don’t have to be as passionate about plants as the Treseders to enjoy this illustrated book. It’s a fascinating tale of a local family, and includes such gems as the account by … John Garland Treseder … early in a three-month voyage from Australia to Plymouth in 1866, when his ship struck an iceberg.’ (West Briton, 9.12.04)

‘This is a lovingly and meticulously researched account of the Truro branch of this ancient Cornish family who had such an impact on horticulture, in not only Cornwall but also elsewhere in Britain and overseas. …
‘The production and layout of this very readable book is pleasing’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal, 2005)

‘… the great nineteenth century diaspora took the Treseders to Australia, the source of so many plants which came to our shores as a result of that journey. At one time Treseders were one of the great suppliers of exotic plants in the United Kingdom, rivalling Veitch’s of Exeter. Through generations they were leaders in their field … theirs is no ordinary story.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 4, Spring 2005)

‘This is an absorbing study of a family-run business which spread its influence all over the World. …
‘Suzanne Treseder is an engaging writer who has produced an excellent, well-researched and polished narrative. The book itself is a fine volume’ (Cornish World, 41, Spring 2005)

‘Whilst a fascinating account of the rise and demise of a prominent Cornish nursery, it is the particular connection with Australia that garden historians in Australia will find of interest in this book.
‘… the Australian story … is placed within the context of the career of a family with members that are to this day, gripped by a passion for plants.’ (Australian Garden History, vol. 17, no. 3, January 2006)

‘I found it most enlightening and although I had been familiar with the name TRESEDER I had no idea of the extent of their influence. I thoroughly recommend it.’ (Cornwall Family History Society, no. 115, March 2005)

A Passion for Plants: The Treseders of Truro received a Commendation in the 2005 Holyer an Gof Awards for the best Cornish publications of 2004. It was featured on BBC South West’s Inside Out in September 2006.

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Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs

Philip McMillan Browse

Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs coverHeligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs celebrates the abundance of the award-winning productive gardens at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. With derelict structures restored to working order, the range of traditional crops now cultivated and harvested by hand is beginning to reflect the output of the gardens in their late Victorian heyday.

This book tells the stories of reconstruction behind increasingly well-known features – the beautiful apple arches in the Vegetable Garden, the unique pineapple pit in the Melon Yard and the historically significant Paxton House in the Flower Garden. It conveys the central value – and character – of a committed and hard-working garden team, whose expertise increases as the seasons pass. Meeting a broad range of horticultural challenges, they nurture crops to exceptional beauty, scent and flavour – from the delicate early narcissi and jewel-like peach blossom (hand-pollinated to secure trugs of perfect, succulent fruits in season), to the massive borders of tall, crazy, colourful antirrhinums, which delight visitors at the height of Summer; from unarguably the best-flavoured Royal Sovereign strawberries and succulent melons cradled to ripeness in their hand-knotted nets, to the last harvest home – anemones for Christmas.

Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs is a mine of practical information as well as a visual feast. Together with its companion volume, The Heligan Vegetable Bible, it provides a comprehensive record of varieties grown at Heligan, including suppliers, and is the product of a decade of rich endeavour by many of the staff at ‘The Nation’s Favourite Garden’ (BBC1 TV Gardeners’ World).

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Philip McMillan Browse is a horticultural consultant, and has been Director of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in California, and Director of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley. He was the first Horticultural Director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and is one of the originators of the Eden Project in Cornwall. His publications include Plant Propagation (1979), and Palms for Cooler Climates (1993). He is co-author of The Heligan Vegetable Bible (2000); editor of Heligan Survivors (Alison Hodge, 2007), and General Editor of Gardening on the Edge: Drawing on the Cornwall Experience.

Note: Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs is available from The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

  • Foreword by Peter Thoday
  • Introduction by Candy Smit
  • 1 The Stage
  • 2 The Cast
  • 3 Soft Fruits
  • 4 Stone Fruits
  • 5 Pome Fruits
  • 6 The Peach House and its Cropping
  • 7 Grapes and the Paxton House
  • 8 Sub-tropical Fruits
  • 9 Annuals and Sweet Peas
  • 10 Biennials
  • 11 Perennials
  • 12 Bulbous Plants
  • 13 Rhubarb
  • 14 Herbs
  • 15 A Miscellany of Vegetables-cum-Fruits
  • Appendix 1: Bibliography
  • Appendix 2: Suppliers
  • Acknowledgements
  • Picture Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0906720400
1st edition
Paperback with flaps
240 pages
250 photographs
Full colour throughout
246 x 189mm
31.05.05

Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs was chosen as Book of the Week by The Sunday Telegraph Garden Notebook on 12 June 2005: ‘it explores the use of original seed varieties, as well as the old buildings, kitchen garden, melon yard and cut-flower areas.’

‘It is full of professional advice and practical information on gardening … for anyone who has seen Heligan through all its seasons and wants to recreate just some of its wonders, it is a superlative reference book..
‘… it’s an absolute little gem … it grabs your interest … makes you want to go out and try something you haven’t tried before.’ (The Gardener, June 2005)

‘And what a book it is. Sumptuously illustrated, it makes a companion to The Heligan Vegetable Bible and unravels for the reader the abundance of the productive gardens’ (Western Morning News, 28.05.05)

‘A must for all green fingers.’ (Cornwall Today, July 2005)

‘amazing photographs’ (Dominic Cole, Land Use Consultants, May 2005)

‘For lovers of Heligan, for fruit and vegetable growers everywhere, for garden historians and ordinary gardeners, this is a book that will enthral and entrance’ (The Book Pl@ce, June 2005)

‘Whether you are interested in garden history or want to learn more about growing methods and plants, this book is for you. … With abundant photos of Heligan, and the people who work there, this book is a fascinating read.’ (Gardens Monthly, August 2005)

‘this beautifully illustrated book … is an enjoyable read, being a sort of “hybrid” between the story of how the gardens were brought back from dereliction, and some good solid gardening advice. …
‘What gives the book its own unique flavour is that the information is set within the context of how different crops were grown in the late Victorian era.’ (Kitchen Garden, December 2005)

‘Candy Smit, in her enjoyable Introduction, pays tribute to the “self-effacing” McMillan Browse and his vital contribution to the gardening of Heligan; this book … splendid and eloquent testimony to that contribution’ (Eden Project Friends Magazine, Autumn 2005, no. 20)

‘packed with information and photographs, this is a “must” for all with green fingers.’ (The Cornishman, 01.12.05)

‘There is such a wealth of information and advice about growing almost anything under the sun. It is a book every gardening enthusiast will turn to time and time again. For advice on growing citrus fruits to improving your herbaceous border, look no further than this volume.
‘… Don’t be without this book: you will not regret your investment!’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 6, Spring 2006)

‘a mine of practical information’ (The Cornish Garden, no. 49, 2006)

‘The fruit section will appeal very much to gardeners … who have an interest in vines and trees that fruit, and the more exotic pineapple section was a gem. The flower and bulb pages cover flowers for the eye and for cutting …. The herb section could inspire the non-herb grower to give them a try …
Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs is a well-presented book: a historical record and a practical guide … a source of reference and relaxation over the years.’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal, 2006)

Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs was awarded First Place in its class in the 2006 Holyer an Gof Awards for the best Cornish publications of 2005.

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Heligan Survivors

Philip McMillan Browse (ed.)

Heligan Survivors coverInitially inaccessible and swamped by overgrowth when the Lost Gardens were rediscovered in 1990, much of Heligan’s valuable woody plantstock was subsequently identified and protected during the course of clearance by Philip McMillan Browse, then Cornwall County Council Horticultural Advisor (and former Director of RHS Wisley).

Philip later became Heligan’s first Horticultural Director, and encouraged his team to research into the origins of the veteran specimens in their care. Some individuals are rare indeed – and vulnerable in their old age. Some have grown to extraordinary height during their battle for light during the era of dereliction. Others represent possibly the very earliest introductions to Britain. All have stories to tell, and contribute to the unique character and atmosphere of the Gardens. We want to ensure everyone can fully appreciate and enjoy them now, before their inevitable demise.

The preparation of this volume has been a collective project by the Heligan staff. It introduces four generations of the Tremaynes, who created and developed the Gardens up until the First World War. Against a backdrop of avid, world-wide plant collecting, it features 28 of the trees and woody plants that the family secured for this captivating place during that period – exotics, conifers, climbers, ornamental and productive trees.

It is richly illustrated with photographs, all taken at Heligan, either then or now, which provide a lasting record celebrating Heligan’s Survivors.

Second and third-generation plantstock is currently being propagated on site from the original heritage plants, to provide replacements for the Gardens in due course – and to enable others to acquire a small piece of Heligan history to take home and grow on, into their own future.

Philip McMillan Browse is a horticultural consultant, and has been Director of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in California and Director of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley. He was the first Horticultural Director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and is one of the originators of the Eden Project in Cornwall. His publications include Plant Propagation (1979), and Palms for Cooler Climates (1993). He is co-author of The Heligan Vegetable Bible (2000); author of Heligan: Fruit, Flowers and Herbs (Alison Hodge, 2005), and General Editor of Gardening on the Edge: Drawing on the Cornwall Experience (Alison Hodge, 2004).

Note: Heligan Survivors is only available from The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

  • Foreword – John Willis
  • The Tremaynes and the Gardens at Heligan – Philip McMillan Browse
  • The Nurserymen and the Plant Collectors – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM, FRS – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Actinidia chinensis – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Araucaria araucana – Mike Friend
  • Camellias at Heligan – Bee Robson
  • Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’ – Agnese Fornaris
  • Cornus capitata – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Crinodendron hookerianum – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Davidia involucrata – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Dicksonia antarctica – Cindy Clench
  • Drimys winteri – Malcolm Goodwin
  • Eucryphia cordifolia – Trish Hogg
  • Ginkgo biloba – Lorna Tremayne
  • Hoheria sexstylosa – Stephen Phillips
  • Magnolia campbellii – Candy Smit
  • Magnolia delavayi – Carol Sherwood
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Exmouth’ – Frances Scholar
  • Podocarpus totara – Merriel Gardiner
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii – Jayne Delacoe
  • Pyrus ‘Swan’s Egg’ – Sylvia Travers
  • Rhododendron arboreum – Bee Robson
  • Rhododendron falconeri – Bee Robson
  • Rhododendron niveum – Bee Robson
  • Sequoiadendron giganteum – Michelle Griffiths
  • Sorbus devoniensis – Peter Stafford
  • Stauntonia hexaphylla – Mary Crowle
  • Trachycarpus fortunei – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Chaenomeles cathayensis – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ – Sylvia Travers
  • Plagianthus betulinus – Philip McMillan Browse
  • Acknowledgements
  • Plant Location Map

ISBN: 9780906720530
1st edition
Paperback
64 pages
138 photographs, 1 map
297 x 210 mm
01.03.07

‘provides an insight into Heligan’s intriguing horticultural past’ (Western Morning News, 08.03.07)

‘richly illustrated’ (Cornwall Life, June/July 2007)

‘There are sixty two pages of excellent information …. The excellent glossy production includes many plant photographs accompanying the text to give the book a wide appeal.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. 13, no. 9, 2007)

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Creative Gardeners

Douglas Ellory Pett

Creative Gardeners coverAn inspirational book for gardeners about gardens. Twenty private gardens – mostly designed and brought into existence by their owners – have been chosen for their diversity, creativity and skill in cultivation. They range from a former marsh to moors and open upland; from frost pockets to areas of excessive rainfall. Some have had the advantage of previous cultivation, others have been wrung from raw fields, or hewn out of valley slopes. All of the conditions described will be found somewhere else in the British Isles, and most of the problems faced are universal.

Whether you garden in a town or suburb, have extensive grounds or a cottage garden, you are sure to find something of interest among this selection.

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Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first experience of large-scale gardening as Vicar of Gulval, Penzance, from 1961 to 1966. In the 1980s he pursued geological and other field studies in Cornwall, and was invited to organize the first professional and voluntary surveys of historic gardens for the newly formed Cornwall Gardens Trust. He was a member of the Garden History Society; author of the definitive The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall (Alison Hodge, 1998), The Cornwall Gardens Guide (Alison Hodge, 2003), and Horticulture on the Isles of Scilly; co-author of The Historic Gardens of Cornwall (1991); editor of From A Cornish Bishop’s Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001), and a regular contributor to The Cornish Garden. In 2004, Dr Pett was awarded the Charles Thomas Prize of the Royal Institution of Cornwall for his work on Horticulture on the Isles of Scilly. He completed Creative Gardeners just before his death in February 2005.

  • Introduction
  • 1 Bonython Manor: Introducing South African plants
  • 2 Bosvigo: Associating plant colour and form
  • 3 Caervallack: Gardening in the vernacular
  • 4 East Down Barn: Gardening a steep slope
  • 5 Half Acre: An artist and sculptor’s garden
  • 6 Higher Truscott: A hardy plantsman’s garden
  • 7 Ince Castle: Gardening around an historic house
  • 8 Ken-Caro: A connoisseur’s garden
  • 9 Kingberry: A town garden
  • 10 Lamorran House Gardens: A Mediterranean garden
  • 11 Landewednack House: A colourist’s garden
  • 12 Marsh Villa Gardens: A damp garden
  • 13 Nansawsan House: Restoring a Victorian garden
  • 14 Peterdale: A small Feng Shui and Japanese garden
  • 15 Pine Lodge Gardens: A world of plants
  • 16 Pinsla Garden: A romantic garden
  • 17 Readymoney Cove: A seaside valley garden
  • 18 Rose Cottage: A moorland cottage garden
  • 19 St Martin’s Manor: Gardening with hardy exotics
  • 20 Trist House: Rediscovering a Georgian parsonage garden
  • Postscript: Tresillian, the author’s garden
  • Further Reading
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0906720419
1st edition
Paperback with flaps
136 pages
198 colour photographs
246 x 189mm
23.06.05

‘Informal, informative and infinitely inspiring for gardeners all around the country, this is a lovely book, well-illustrated, celebrating one of England’s best assets – its gardens.’ (The Book Pl@ce, June 2005)

‘A visual inspiration for “armchair” gardeners to horticultural experts, this informative book captures a range of gardening experiences. …
‘The journeys of the gardeners, as they created their distinctive gardens, are fascinating … charming illustrations’ (Inside Cornwall, June 2005)

‘Virtually all of the gardens can be visited …
‘Meanwhile you can, of course, wallow in a deep armchair and with this book as your guide, let imagination steer you over razored lawns, under fragrant archways, by deep and steadfast pools, through shocks of brilliant shrubberies or wending around cool woodlands.
‘All can be found here, and the author Dr Pett, a man of extensive horticultural experience, has lovingly conjured up not only the glory and diversity of Cornish gardens but the sheer grit, talent and determination of the owners who have been willing to work long hours to achieve their beautiful dreams and make real their visions.
‘Sadly the author died before publication but the book now stands as a fitting tribute to his memory.’ (Western Morning News, 02.07.05)

‘Cornish publisher Alison Hodge has produced another gem’ (The Gardener, Summer 2005)

‘The gardens have been chosen for their diversity and the creativity and skill of their owners, which is clearly reflected in the photography.
‘The growing conditions of each garden are described so that readers will know if they can grow the plants mentioned.’ (Gardens Monthly, November 2005)

‘certain to not only prove of interest but also to inspire anyone who gardens, “whether in town or country, on marsh or moor”.’ (The Cornishman, 01.12.05)

‘Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this book shows how garden ornament, sculpture, water and plants can be used to great effect in both modern and historic gardens.’ (Devon Gardens Trust, Newsletter, no. 63, Winter 2005)

‘totally inspiring and the copious collection of colour photographs offers plenty of ideas …
‘The book is very well turned out and a nice touch in the text is the personal description of the owners and their ambitions for their slice of land.
‘Altogether a delightful book … and an invitation to dream’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 6, Spring 2006)

Creative Gardeners is an inspirational book’ (The Cornish Garden, no. 49, 2006)

‘As we have come to expect from Douglas Ellory Pett … and publisher Alison Hodge, this book will be indispensable to anyone visiting, gardening or living in Cornwall. … With beautiful photographs of the plants, features, landscapes and views … plus an interesting and detailed text … we are taken into the open spaces and hidden corners of these delightful gardens.’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal, 2006)

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Strange Things Happened on My Way to the Zoo

Mike Thomas

Strange Things Happened on My Way to the Zoo cover‘If it hadn’t been for the strange things that happened on my way to the zoo, I never would have got there.’ So says Mike Thomas, who left his childhood home in Wales to teach, and in Cornwall became an entrepreneur, an owner of the Seal Sanctuary, then owner of Newquay Zoo. ‘I didn’t know a lot about zoos, but I did know Gerald Durrell’s Jersey Zoo. It was my inspiration.’ When Mike bought Newquay Zoo it was an ailing tourist attraction, and in the early years it seemed it would sink under a mountain of debt. But with a passionate concern for the welfare of the animals in his care, a dedicated staff, and help and advice from colleagues at other zoos, Mike made the Zoo a place he was proud of.

Informative and entertaining, this book is a must for animal lovers, and for everyone interested in conservation and education.

‘I have spent many happy times walking through Newquay Zoo with Mike, and though I knew how dedicated he was, I had no idea just how much hard work was involved in turning that limping duck of a business into the soaring eagle it became during his ten years’ ownership. From broken ankles to escaping apes, from the beast of Bodmin Moor to the devastation of foot and mouth, this is a story told from the heart, by a man with astonishing dedication to the animal world and the wider welfare of our planet and the people who live upon it. Well done Mike, you owned a zoo… not many can say that!’ (Phillip Schofield, Television Presenter)

‘A very enjoyable read, and brought back interesting memories of what must have been one of the strangest applications of DNA identification, even if it failed to identify the Beast. It also brought back very pleasant recollections of the days that my family and I have spent at Newquay Zoo – it might be small, but it is great!’ (Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, Geneticist)

‘I loved visiting Newquay Zoo with my son when Mike Thomas owned it. There was always something new happening, and the place had a special atmosphere. (I was also extremely grateful when my son’s two very small turtles were adopted and given a home at Newquay.) Strange Things Happened on My way to The Zoo, is a wonderfully entertaining and enlightening account of the unusual and circuitous journey Mike Thomas made before eventually owning a Zoo. It is also a joy to discover what being the owner of a Zoo really entails.’ (Jenny Agutter, Actress)

Part of the proceeds from sales of this book were donated to the Children’s Hospice South West Precious Lives Appeal.

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Mike Thomas was born in Wales. He spent a number of years teaching, and subsequently ran several successful businesses in Cornwall before owning The Seal Sanctuary and then Newquay Zoo.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Early Daze
    Tone Deafness is in the Ear of the Beholder
    Chalk on My Hands
    We are Sailing
    The Furries at the Bottom of the Garden
    A Step in the Right Direction
  • Marine Daze
    Fur Coats and Wetsuits
    Waving Goodbye to Mermaids
    I See No Pigs
    A Royal Soaking
    A Royal Birth
    Liberal Views
    Politics Pay Dividends
    Not a Fish Out of Water
    No Sale Ahead
    War and Peace
    Full Sale Ahead
  • Zoo Daze
    Daybreak
    Bad News
    The Strong Wind of Change
    A Very Tasty Rainforest
    Home, Sweet Home
    And Sheep May Safely Graze
    P… P… P… Pick Up a Penguin
    A Loose Kneecap
    The Coronation of the New King
    Birds in Paradise
    Where the Grass Might be Greener
    Who’s a Pretty Boy, Then?
    Lame Kangaroos Can’t Jump
    Dining Out with a Friend
    Blockbuster
    Kept in the Dark
    Mrs Griffiths’ Roast Potatoes
    Grinners in the Mist
    A Time of Convenience
    Marc’s Arc
    HQ was all it was Cracked up to Be
  • Paw Prince
    Once Upon A Time Big Cats Were Kittens
    Putting One’s Foot in It
    Sheepdog
  • The Rising Phoenix
    Nice to See You
    Where Have all the Cows Gone?
    A Lion’s Tale
    Visitors from the Sky
    Bangers and Mash
  • Back to the Future
    Beginning at the End

ISBN: 9780906720738
1st edition
Paperback
160 pages
112 colour and black and white photographs
210 x 148 mm
25.05.10

Newquay Zoo is now … a foreunner in effective wildlife conservation – but the journey there was a long and rocky one. … Mike Thomas shows the hairy highs and tough-skinned lows … in a tale that sees the zoo rise from a debt-ridden facility to the success it has become.’ (Newquay Voice, 05.05.10)

‘gives a real insight into the enormous dedication it takes to revive an ailing business and to create a successful tourist attraction.’ (Western Morning News, 22.05.10) You can read the full review and see photos from the book here.

‘an informative and entertaining book about Mike’s life with the rare animals at Newquay Zoo’ (BBC Radio Cornwall, 27.05.10). Mike Thomas spoke about his early days at the zoo in an interview with BBC Radio Cornwall’s Martin Bailie. You can read about this and listen to his memories here.

‘Mike is a man with vision and stature and very clear, very good ideas. He’s an intelligent man and a good thinker’ (ZooChat, 02-04-10)

‘A great wildlife adventure in his own back yard … “The happiest decade of my life” is how Mike Thomas describes his 10 years’ ownership of Newquay Zoo.’ (The Cornishman and West Briton 15.07.10. You can read the whole review here.)

‘Mike Thomas … is fortunate indeed to have the ability to narrate his tales in such a charming way … a great read.’ (Cornwall Today, August 2010)

‘a highly entertaining book about his experiences’ (Cornish Guardian, 04.08.10)

‘Mike Thomas paints a delightful pen portrait of childhood at Siloam… of walking in the forest, of tickling trout and of the activities and characters of Siloam Baptist Chapel. …
‘Mike Thomas has led a remarkable life’ (Western Morning News, 17.08.10)

‘Former zoo owner’s memoir is a keeper… a book that can be really enjoyed’ (Falmouth Packet, 17.11.10)

‘written with humour and sensitivity, this is bound to be a book for all animal lovers, but it is also an inspiring life’s tale for anyone.
‘… well-produced… good value.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIV, no. 4, Spring 2011)

Mike was invited to speak at the Daphne du Maurier Festival in May 2010, and at the Roseland Festival in October 2010.

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Cornwall from Above

John Such, with an introduction by Liz Luck

Cornwall from Above cover imageIn some of the most stunning aerial photographs of the county, Cornwall from Above reveals colours, textures and patterns of land, sea and sky – some natural, others man-made. It offers a visual feast, and a new perspective on the imprint of human activity on this ancient environment.

John Such was born in Newquay, Cornwall, and from the age of 12 knew that he wanted to be a photographer. His career as a professional photographer has led him into many branches of the art, and he has been involved in aerial photography since 2000. His clients in Cornwall include the National Trust, The Eden Project, gardens and historic houses, and his work has been published in books, magazines and newspapers.

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Liz Luck was born in Golant on the Fowey estuary, and is the author of a number of books and leaflets on Cornish subjects, including South Cornish Harbours and a history of St Austell Brewery. She has worked for the National Trust for 18 years, and is a great admirer of John’s aerial photography, which she commissions regularly.

  • Foreword
  • Introduction, by Liz Luck
  • The photographs
  • Notes on the photographs
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0906720494
1st edition
Paperback with flaps
80 pages
50 photographs
214 x 222 mm
16.05.06

‘a completely different view of places many will hitherto have thought they knew. …
‘ … some of the most stunning aerial photographs of Cornwall ever seen’ (Western Morning News, 09.05.06)

‘a visual feast of the beauty and diversity of the county’s landscape … Stunning collection of pictures’ (West Briton, 18.05.06)

‘… some modern photographers are true camera artists and John Such … comes into this creative class. … evoking memories of that distinguished native painter Peter Lanyon. … John’s photography has a strong sense of place.’ (Cornish Guardian, 18.05.06)

‘a visual extravaganza’ (Cornwall Today, June 2006)

‘fascinating bird’s eye views of “God’s own country”. …
‘… fully justifies its claim of being “a visual feast”.’ (The Cornishman, 01.06.06)

‘They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is so, then photographer John Such has captured 50,000 of them in this stunning book … Cornwall as it has rarely been seen before. … will reward dipping into time and time again’ (Cornwall Life, June/July 2006)

‘This is a collection of what are without doubt some of the most stunning aerial photographs of Cornwall
‘… 48 superb images … all beautifully produced, as is customary with Alison Hodge, conveying the wonderful colours and tones of our homeland. It would make a pleasurable gift, a book to return to, rather than glance at once.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 8, Spring 2007)

**

Heligan Days: A Perpetual Diary

Mally Francis

Forty-nine exquisite botanical paintings produced since 1997 at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. These include some of the ancient, almost iconic, flowering trees and shrubs in the pleasure grounds of the Lost Gardens; cut-flower, fruit and vegetable crops from the award-winning productive gardens, and wild flowers and fungi from Heligan’s wider estate. The book includes an introduction by the artist, and spaces to record notes or birthdays for each day of the year.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

Mally Francis trained with Anne-Marie Evans in botanical illustration. She founded the Eden Project Florilegium Society, and is a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

Note: Heligan Days is available only from The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The price includes VAT.

ISBN: 0906720478
1st edition
Cased, head and tail bands, ribbon marker
96 pages
49 illustrations
190 x 140 mm
22.10.05

‘a beautiful book’ (Inside Cornwall, December 2005)

‘beautiful botanical illustrations … Heligan Days … puts the plants and flowers on the estate under the microscope’ (Western Morning News, 03.12.05)

‘a visual delight’ (The Cornishman, 15.12.05)

‘Everyone needs a perpetual diary to record those special events … It never goes out of date … This delightful volume is skilfully illustrated by Mally Francis with paintings of all kinds of plants that can be found at the Lost Gardens of Heligan’ (Eden Project Friends Magazine, no. 22, Spring 2006)

**

Plants of Eden

Louise Frost and Alistair Griffiths

Plants of Eden coverPublished to coincide with the opening of The Eden Project in 2001, Plants of Eden is the first book to focus on the plants themselves. Lavishly illustrated, it covers plants in each of the three biomes – Humid Tropics, Warm Temperate and Temperate. Plants of Eden fascinates and informs. It tells the stories of some of the stars in this living theatre of plants and people: where the plants come from; how they grow and are harvested; what people use them for, and how and when some of them arrived in Britain. Above all, it illustrates our dependency on plants, and why we must look after them and their habitats.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

Louise Frost studied biology at the University of Plymouth, and after specializing in the study of plants, obtained a degree in Plant Sciences. She was Plant Records Manager at The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK, and has written for the Western Morning News.

Alistair Griffiths trained at Myerscough Horticultural College, and then took a degree in Botany at the University of Reading. A keen plantsman, he is Assistant Scientific Officer and Plant Taxonomist at The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK. He has written for the Western Morning News.

  • Foreword, by Philip McMillan Browse
  • Humid Tropics Biome
  • Warm Temperate Biome
  • Temperate Biome
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 090672029X
1st edition
Paperback
64 pages
100 colour photos, 2 black and white photos
296 x 210mm
16.04.01

‘The message Eden seeks to examine is man’s relationship with plants – the benefits and the consequences of exploitation. … [This is] brought alive in a stunning new book which focuses on the plants.’ (Inside Cornwall, May 2001)

‘a highly readable, colourful book … an ideal book on botany for quiz contestants … impressive photographs of plants in the wild, in cultivation and in use … it will undoubtedly entice and enthuse readers who would like to be better informed’ (Landscape Design, June 2001)

‘a bright and authoritative production, full of colour and interest.’ (The Cornishman, 12.04.01)

‘Well written and suitable for both adults and children alike, this is a mine of information and anecdotal asides … an invaluable guide both as a visitor aide and as an enjoyable read for those who have yet to make the journey to Eden.’ (www.newbookreviews.co.uk; www.thebookplace.com)

‘the perfect book to whet the appetite of a young gardener, although this book is suitable for anyone interested in plants.’ (Cornish Country Gardener, issue no. 9, Autumn 2001)

‘a delightful book … It tells the stories behind the plants and shows how much we depend on them to sustain our very existence. … aimed at a wide range of readers, not only those interested in horticulture. (Inside Cornwall, May 2001)

‘It reaffirms Eden’s aim to reach out and make our connection with plants reach a wider audience.’ (Western Morning News, 04.04.01)

**

Cornish Fishing and Seafood

Carol Trewin and Adam Woolfitt

Cornish Fishing & Seafood coverDid you know that more than 50 species of fish and shellfish are regularly landed in Cornwall? Or that stocks of most of these are thriving?

Cornish Fishing and Seafood is not just another book of fish recipes, although more than 20 recipes demonstrate how easy it is to cook the best, freshest fish. It also celebrates seafood and sea fishing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and reveals why our only truly wild source of food, harvested by the last of the hunter-gatherers, is special, to be treated with respect. It takes the lid off the myths and misunderstandings surrounding sea fishing, to discover the real state of fishing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Using the words and experiences of the fishermen themselves, auctioneers, processors and fish merchants, this book debunks any idea that fishermen are wilfully destroying the very thing that provides them with a living, showing instead the initiatives they have taken to protect stocks for the future.

While celebrating the positive aspects of Cornish fishing, Cornish Fishing and Seafood does not shy away from recent difficulties – decommissioning, cuts in fish quotas, and shortages of manpower. It also looks forwards, and outlines the steps being taken to ensure that Cornish fishermen and Cornish boats keep fishing profitably in the twenty-first century.

Cornish Fishing and Seafood has been written with support from the industry, at sea and onshore, so that profits from sales can help the Duchy Fish Quota Company to keep Cornish fishing quota in Cornwall.

You can use Google Book Search to view this book here.

Until her death in 2009, Carol Trewin was Food Editor of the Western Morning News. Before that she had been editor of Radio 4’s Farming Today and had worked for BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, Woman’s Hour and the BBC World Service. Other farming, food and environmental programmes that she produced included On Your Farm, Costing the Earth, Walston Goes Walkabout, and Over the Counter. She was Farming Editor of the Western Morning News, and later joined the regional food group Taste of the West, to set up and run a £3 million food and drink project in Cornwall. She wrote on farming, food and the countryside for many publications, including Food Illustrated, The Field, British Farmer and Grower, Inside Cornwall, food and Devon Today. In 1999 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies. Carol also wrote Gourmet Cornwall (Alison Hodge, 2005).

Adam Woolfitt has been a photographer most of his life, and contributed to the National Geographicand other leading magazines for 30 years. He writes on digital photography for the British Journal of Photography, Image Magazine, and Photo District News in New York. He was Chairman of, and on the Council of, the Association of Photographers, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Adam illustrated Gourmet Cornwall (Alison Hodge, 2005).

  • Foreword by Colin Warwick, MBE
  • Introduction
  • 1 Cornwall on the Move
    Verbatims:
    Andrew Pascoe, Handline Fishermen’s Association, Rick Stein, Seafood Restaurant
  • 2 ‘Little fishes they call pylchards’
    Verbatim:
    Nick Howell, The Pilchard Works
  • 3 On Secret Service: Something Fishy
    Verbatim:
    John Moor, boat builder
  • 4 From Bonanza to Brussels
    Verbatims:
    Paul Trebilcock, Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation, Steve Farrar, fish merchant
  • 5 It’s not Conservation, it’s Political Madness
    Verbatims:
    Eddy Derriman, Chief Sea Fisheries Officer for Cornwall, David Whitehead, Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen
  • 6 The Real Dilemma: Safeguarding the Future
    Verbatims:
    Elizabeth Stevenson, W. Stevenson & Sons, Rob Forster, Jon Ashworth and Oliver Wade, Fisheries Science Partnership
  • 7 Fish Markets: The Twenty-first Century
    Verbatims:
    Robert George, Seafood Cornwall, Mark Greet, Fal Fish
  • 8 More Than Just Fish and Chips
    Verbatims:
    Jackie Provost and Angela Harrison, Pengelly’s fishmongers, Chris Bean, fisherman
  • 9 Net Gains
    Verbatims:
    Colin Warwick, Duchy Fish Quota Company, Robin Turner, fish merchant
  • 10 Enjoying the Harvest of the Seas
    Verbatim:
    Ian Murray, chef
  • 11 Chefs and Recipes
  • Toby Ashworth, Nick Barclay, Gerry Boriosi, Billy Bunn, Paul Drye, Gareth Eddy, Chris Eden, Gill Faiers, Neil Haydock, Stuart Hayler, Steven Hill, Peter Hingston, Greg Laskey, Ben Lightfoot, Ian Murray, Rick Stein, Richard Stevenson, Nigel Tabb, Nik Tinney, Ben Tunnicliffe
  • Newlyn Fish Market, by James Crowden
  • Bibliography
  • Suppliers and Outlets
  • Chefs
  • Sponsors
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0906720427
1st edition
Paperback with flaps
256 pages
235 photographs, 1 map
246 x 189mm
28.09.06

Cornish Fishing and Seafood won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2006 for the Best Local Cookbook published in English in the UK. Previous winners in English include Rick Stein and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are regarded as the Oscars of food and drink books, and attract some 6,000 entries from 65 countries. Winners are selected for the author ‘whose personality and heart shines throughout the book’; for their high quality of production and printing, and as a user-friendly book that ‘respects and understands’ the reader.

Cornish Fishing and Seafood is the key to eating more locally sourced fish. It tells the true story of the Cornish fishing industry, and why we must love and cherish it.’ (Gordon Ramsay)

‘Here’s something to celebrate: a book about the fishing industry that’s not full of tales of threatened stocks and livelihoods … an uplifting study of a vibrant sector with a bright future.’ (Coast, issue 14, September/October 2006)

‘Through 256 full-colour pages of carefully researched documentary and glorious shots, they create a comprehensive and panoramic record of the Cornish fishing industry today …
‘… the reader is the beneficiary of Ms Trewin’s determination to record a faithful account of this most primal pursuit.’ (Western Morning News, 12.09.06)

‘Carol Trewin has broadcast and written on farming, food and the countryside in a wide range of programmes and publications, but this must surely be the most comprehensive and pertinent publication she has yet produced.
‘She is to be congratulated on her extraordinary hunting and gathering efforts and for telling it like it is.’ (The Cornishman, 28.09.06)

‘… Carol Trewin is someone who tackles the subject of food with a passion …
‘… she understands her subject inside out …
‘… Her words go hand in hand with the glorious photography of Adam Woolfitt …’ (Western Morning News, 30.09.06)

‘A comprehensive and balanced overview of the fishing industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly …
‘The imaginative use of top quality action and atmospheric photographs taken at the cutting edge by Adam Woolfitt, further enhances the quality of what is both an extremely well presented and highly accurate book. …
‘Immensely readable …’ (Fishing News, 03.11.06)

‘Carol Trewin is Cornwall’s leading food writer. … She is an evangelist, standing in the front-line of defending farming and fishing from the predations of bureaucrats and supermarkets. …
‘… Cornish Fishing and Seafood is a tour-de-force. The history, technique and feelings of the Cornish fishing industry are laid bare.’ (Cornish World, 2006)

‘Packed with dramatic testimony from Cornish fishing folk and merchants … the book covers the history, the trials and tribulations and the future of the industry … Thoroughly absorbing.’ (The Eden Project, Friends Magazine, no. 24, Winter 2006)

‘deserves to be widely read. It makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of an industry that is both warp and weft to Cornwall. Carol Trewin writes with authority, sensitivity and imagination about every aspect of Cornish fishing and seafood’ (Coast Project, Newsletter, Autumn 2006)

‘a perfect Christmas gift’ (Cornwall Today, December 2006)

‘a voyage of discovery that also includes history and politics’ (Western Morning News, 16.12.06)

‘… whether you are a cook, a fish connoisseur, a fisherman or someone interested in the sea and its sustainability, you will find something to interest you.’ (Cornish Worldwide, Winter 2006)

‘… a lively and fascinating overview …
‘The informative text is accompanied by a series of incisive interviews …
‘Illustrated with a series of brilliant photographs this is an enlightening celebration, which brings long overdue respect and recognition to an industry at the heart of Cornish life.’ (This England, Summer 2007)

‘This is a gorgeous, full-colour volume (photographer Adam Woolfitt does fantastic work) … but it’s a book you should read. It’s a serious, worrying and inspiring book…
‘… a book about fishing, yes, but it’s about community, heritage and the future. …
‘This is the book to give you a real insight into the industry. Buy it and read it.’ (Mostly Food Journal, May 2008)

Cornish Fishing and Seafood was featured at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in September 2006.

**

Things Reconstructed

David Kemp

Things Reconstructed coverDavid Kemp is a sculptor and storyteller. His public sculptures include The Navigators at London Bridge; King Coal and The Old Transformers in County Durham; Heavy Plant at Sheffield Science Park; Tib Street Horn in Manchester; Brian’s Brain at The Lowry, and Industrial Flame Plants at The Eden Project. This book includes all these, and more.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

David Kemp is a sculptor and storyteller – a conjuror of images and weaver of legends.

Things Reconstructed is published in our Inspirations series.

  • Introduction
  • Stones might fly
  • Wooden Whaler
  • Post-Industrial Giants
  • The Old Transformers
  • King Coal
  • Creative Brian
  • Tib Street Horn
  • Industrial Flame Plant
  • Flexiplant
  • Future Archeology
  • The Tribe that Held the Sky Up
  • Pictures in the Wind
  • Department of Reconstruction
  • Masks
  • The Navigators
  • Hounds of Geevor
  • Vox Populaire
  • Commissions, Exhibitions, etc
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9780906720608
1st edition
Cased
48 pages
125 colour photos, 9 line drawings, 2 watercolours
190 x 210mm
07.05.02

‘Of all those who make sculpture from found and second-hand materials, there is no doubting the fact that he [David Kemp] reigns in a realm of his own as the uncrowned king of recycling.’ (Western Morning News, 21.05.02)

‘I have just recommended David Kemp’s Things Reconstructed to one of our clients – it is one of my favourite books!’ (Dominic Cole, Land Use Consultants, February 2003)

‘It’s packed full of exciting innovative work – a great buy! ’ (Devon Community Recycling Network, Junk Mail, June 2004)

**

A Cornish Year

David Chapman

A Cornish Year cover imageBy the acclaimed author of Wild about Cornwall, A Cornish Year charts a year in the life of David Chapman. Written in diary style, it focuses on the outdoors: on wildlife, projects and practical work, organizations and groups, and seasonal events. If you want to know more about the wildlife that’s special to Cornwall; the people who work in conservation in the county; how to get more involved with our natural history… or you would just like to read about the antics of a mad nature-lover in Cornwall, then this book is for you.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

David Chapman is pas­sion­ate about the pro­tec­tion of our wild places, and is a former trustee of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust. He is a professional photographer and writer, and author of Wild about Cornwall, Penwith Moods, Exploring the Cornish Coast, Birds of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Wildflowers of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, St Ives and St Ives Bay, Inspirational Islands: The Isles of Scilly, Walking in Penwith, Photographing Cornwall and Walk­ing on the Liz­ard. He is also the photographer of Iconic Cornwall. His work is featured regularly in magazines, and his photographs are stocked by a number of photographic libraries. David has twice won double awards from the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild for Photography and Excellence in Writing, and his photographs regularly win competitions.

  • Introduction
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • December
  • Appendix
  • Organizations and Publications
  • Wildlife Information Websites
  • About David Chapman

ISBN: 9780906720677
1st edition
Paperback
192 pages
276 colour photographs
210 x 148 mm
09.03.10

‘A photographer who has made it his business to record Cornwall’s natural beauty through the seasons … David Chapman’s remarkable photographs.’ (Western Morning News, 16.03.10)

‘splendid wildlife colour photographs … gives David’s story … a more interesting perspective of each shot.’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 11.03.10)

A Cornish Year, by David Chapman, is an amusing look at his nature activities throughout the course of a year.
‘David travels over land and water to capture many rare animals and insects on camera.’ (BBC Radio Cornwall, 19.03.10) You can read the full review, look at some of the photos, and listen to an interview with the author on Radio Cornwall.

‘David Chapman’s wide knowledge and beautiful photographs of wildlife have many fans, and they will not want to miss out on this book. … the perfect companion to your own Cornish year..’ (Cornwall Today, May 2010)

‘his detailed daily account is enchanting. Interspersed with everything from seeing a dormouse in the wild to a walk through the woods at Trenant in the hope of spotting a roe deer, it is generously illustrated – as one might expect from an award winning photographer.’ (Western Morning News, 04.05.10) You can read the whole review here.

‘David takes us on a personal, diary-style journey to a range of wildlife events… Illustrated with stunning photographs by the author.’ (Wild Cornwall, August 2010)

‘When it comes to the wildlife of Cornwall you could wish for no better guide than David Chapman.
‘… the mixture of engaging text and superb photographs captures the overwhelming bounty and beauty of Cornwall’s natural history…
‘… perfect for anyone who wants to get out and discover Cornwall’s myriad natural wonders.’ (This England, Autumn 2010)

‘his detailed account of his year is enchanting. Generously illustrated’ (The Cornishman, 07.10.10)

**

Gourmet Cornwall

Carol Trewin and Adam Woolfitt

Food categoryWinner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2005, for the Best Local Cookbook published in the UK, Gourmet Cornwall celebrates the superb food and drink of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; the dedicated men and women who produce it, and the chefs who create some of the finest contemporary dishes. This is the first in-depth study of regional food in Britain today: real food, with real taste. For foodlovers everywhere.

You can use Google Book Search to view this book here.

In May 2006 Carol Trewin was shortlisted by the Guild of Food Writers for their Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food 2006 for Gourmet Cornwall. Until her death in 2009, Carol Trewin was Food Editor of the Western Morning News. She had been editor of Radio 4’s Farming Today and had worked for BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, Woman’s Hour and the BBC World Service. Other farming, food and environmental programmes that she produced included On Your Farm, Costing the Earth, Walston Goes Walkabout, and Over the Counter. She was Farming Editor of the Western Morning News, and later joined the regional food group Taste of the West, to set up and run a £3 million food and drink project in Cornwall. She wrote on farming, food and the countryside for many publications, including Food Illustrated, The Field, British Farmer and Grower, Inside Cornwall, food and Devon Today. In 1999 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies. Carol also wrote Cornish Fishing and Seafood (Alison Hodge, 2006).

Adam Woolfitt has been a photographer most of his life, and contributed to the National Geographic and other leading magazines for 30 years. He writes on digital photography for the British Journal of Photography, Image Magazine, and Photo District News in New York. He was Chairman of, and on the Council of, the Association of Photographers, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Adam also photographed Carol Trewin‘s book Cornish Fishing and Seafood.

  • Foreword by Philippa Davenport
  • Introduction
  • 1 Taste the Sea
    Recipe: Barclay House – Nick Barclay
  • 2 Ropes and Pots
    Recipe: Hell Bay Hotel – Graham Shone
  • 3 Salt, Smoke and Sardines
    Recipe: Trengilly Wartha – Mike Maguire
  • 4 Black and Gold
    Recipe: Hotel Tresanton – Paul Wadham
  • 5 From the Dairy
    Recipe: Traditional
  • 6 Taste the Terroir
    Recipe: Trengilly Wartha – Mike Maguire
  • 7 Frozen Delights
    Recipe: The Abbey – Ben Tunnicliffe
  • 8 Real Bread Revival
    Recipe: St Martin’s Bakery – Toby Tobin-Dugan
  • 9 A Cornish Icon
    Recipe: The Lizard Pasty Shop – Hettie Merrick
  • 10 Sugar and Spices
    Recipe: The Nare Hotel – Richard James
  • 11 Catching Early Markets
    Recipe: The Cornish Range – Joe Wardell
  • 12 Orchard Fruits
    Recipe: Langmans Restaurant – Anton Buttery
  • 13 Vines and Wines
    Recipe: Seafood Restaurant – Rick Stein
  • 14 Cuckoos in Eden
    Recipe: Pescadou – Gareth Eddy
  • 15 To Your Table
    Recipe: Tabb’s Restaurant – Nigel Tabb
  • Bibliography
  • Suppliers and Outlets
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0906720397
1st edition
Paperback with flaps
224 pages
copiously illustrated
246 x 189mm
28.04.05

Gourmet Cornwall won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2005 for the Best Local Cookbook published in English in the UK. Previous winners in English include Rick Stein and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are regarded as the Oscars of food and drink books, and in 2005 attracted almost 6,000 entries from 65 countries. Winners are selected for the author ‘whose personality and heart shines throughout the book’; for their high quality of production and printing, and as a user-friendly book that ‘respects and understands’ the reader.

‘Cream Of Cornwall … Think of Cornwall and you’re transported to a county of stunning fish, rich clotted cream, golden pasties and exceptional meat. The brilliant Gourmet Cornwall, by Carol Trewin … is a beautiful and fitting celebration of one of England’s culinary gems.’ (Mail on Sunday, Night and Day Magazine, 03.07.05)

‘explores the landscape, the history and the culture that has helped to shape the Cornish people, their lives and diet down the centuries’ (Philippa Davenport, Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year 2004)

‘Offers us that regionality and sense of place so vital to good cooking.’ (Tom Jaine, food writer and publisher of Petits Propos Culinaire)

‘a work of art laced with recipes and family stories which will make your mouth water. …
Gourmet Cornwall is highly recommended and well researched. A good blend of food history and contemporary cutting edge cheffing. Seriously good photography. Many outstanding food producers are featured here. An invaluable guide to the dedicated trencherman/woman.’ (James Crowden, Petits Propos Culinaire, 78, Spring 2005)

‘64 distinctively Cornish apple varieties … A fraction of them survive … In the plus column, there are now 60 hand-made Cornish cheeses … Carol Trewin elegantly celebrates the gain while mourning the loss. Her photographer, Adam Woolfitt, runs riot with colour, adding lustre to a generally optimistic text that seeks out the farmers, oystermen, fruit and veg growers, bakers and dairy workers … Heartwarming stuff’ (The Guardian Review, 25.06.05)

‘luscious colour … This book is a treat in itself … will doubtless be kept in the kitchen – reminding the family of the great time they had in Cornwall’ (IFBN – Independent Farm Business News, 06.04.05)

‘Never before has there been such a photographic celebration of Cornwall’s food and drink in one place. Adam Woolfitt … is a master of his art, evoking the essence of each dish, venue or location … forcing the reader to view them afresh. …
‘Carol Trewin has done Cornwall a great service with this book, and in the process has carefully steered a path between providing intelligent, well researched information and entertainingly told anecdotes. …
‘… she is eminently qualified to speak with authority on her chosen subject. She brings a journalist’s attention to detail and accuracy – as well as an eye for the offbeat – to create an eclectic picture of Cornwall’s food industry today.’ (Simon Parker, Living Cornwall, Western Morning News, 19.04.05)

‘It is packed full of fascinating insights into Cornwall’s food and drink, with some wonderful photographs by Adam Woolfitt and peppered with recipes by tops chefs. The book helps to illustrate how important the production of real food is to preserving and enhancing the character of the landscape in Cornwall. … a “must-have” for all food enthusiasts.’ (Countryside Agency, Eat the View, 21.04.05)

‘a book that confirms Cornwall’s growing reputation for culinary excellence …
‘The chapters are illustrated with stunning pictures of the food, the producers and the county’s landscape by Adam Woolfitt.’ (Su Carroll, Weekend, Western Morning News, 30.04.05)

‘not only a mouth-watering “must read” but also a “must order and have” book for foodies everywhere’ (The Cornishman, 05.05.05)

‘A tempting book, so beautifully done – amazing photos too. I want to rush to Cornwall and EAT!’ (Kay Dunbar, Director of Ways with Words Literary Festival)

‘an easy book to read, written by a person with a real passion for – and knowledge of – the subject. …
‘… well presented and brilliantly illustrated’ (CLA SouthWest, May 2005)

‘It’s a “must-have” for all food enthusiasts, and is a colourful addition to any kitchen shelf. Inspirational for those of you who are keen to create delicious dishes using fresh, local produce.’ (Cornwall Today, June 2005)

‘This wonderful book, with excellent photographs by Adam Woolfitt, is an essential companion for all future visits to Cornwall. The delightful thing for the local economy is that the publisher is also based in Cornwall.’ (Countryman, June 2005)

‘This gastronomic celebration of Cornwall is a mouth-watering feast of food and drink …
‘Carol Trewin’s comprehensive and detailed text is further enhanced with Adam Woolfitt’s stunning and atmospheric photographs. Together they have served up the true flavour of Cornwall and it is bound to leave you calling out for more!’ (This England, Autumn 2005)

‘If you love Cornwall, then Carol Trewin’s Gourmet Cornwall … is an invaluable book. The county has taken its wonderful produce a lot more seriously over the past decade, and this useful guide has lists of shops, markets and producers and recipes.’ (The Observer, Food Monthly, 12 June 2005)

‘If you’re heading to the south-west this summer, pack a copy of Carol Trewin’s excellent Gourmet Cornwall … and you’ll know where to go for the region’s finest food and drink.’ (BBC Good Food, August 2005)

‘a practical work of art laced with pictures, recipes and stories which will make your mouth water. …
‘Use Gourmet Cornwall as a guidebook and an inspiration.’ (British Farmer & Grower, May 2005)

‘it sets out to explore the links between contemporary Cornish food, the landscape, history and culture. … It also focuses firmly on the thriving modern Cornish food scene, bringing it to life through the eyes of some of the best chefs and artisan food businesses.’ (The Eden Project, Friends Magazine, no. 19, Summer 2005)

‘the eclectic mix works well …
‘This is a book for cooks, food-lovers and anyone who has fallen in love with the rugged charm of Cornwall. The photographs capture the people and the place for perpetuity’ (The Book Pl@ce, June 2005, Editor’s Choice)

‘A celebration of Cornwall’s stirling produce and the people and places behind it, including recipes from top local chefs.’ (BBC Olive, August 2005)

‘Features some of today’s most interesting local food producers.’ (f3 Local Food News, May 2005)

‘the illustrations within are immediately captivating, the writing compelling, and the information well worth the cover price’ (Slow Food, Snail Mail, edition 8, June 2005)

‘An ideal present for someone if you can bear to part with your copy!’ (Langmans Newsletter, August 2005)

‘The book just oozes freshness in the beautiful photographs by Adam Woolfitt …
‘and the text … is well researched’ (Tavistock and West Devon Diary, no. 23, September 2005)

‘As an introduction to the diversity and availability of Cornish products this is an excellent book.
‘… a well thought-out publication, enhanced with some superb photography.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 8, Spring 2007)

‘another from that marvellous collaboration of Alison Hodge Publishing, author Carol Trewin and photographer Adam Woolfitt. …
‘Adam Woolfitt is a truly talented photographer whose pictures complement Carol’s words wonderfully, each page is to linger over and admire. The stories are charming and informative and would persuade anyone that Cornwall has a lot to teach other counties about respect for culture and culinary heritage.’ (Mostly Food Journal, May 2008)

**

Penwith Moods

David Chapman

Penwith Moods coverThe most westerly tip of Cornwall, and of England, the Penwith peninsula is an ancient, Celtic land, subject to the vicissitudes of weather from the Atlantic. David Chapman’s evocative photographs perfectly capture the mood of the place.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

David Chapman lives in the district of West Penwith, making him well placed to capture the spirit of its landscape. He is a professional photographer and writer, and  author of Wild about Cornwall, Birds of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Exploring the Cornish Coast, Wildflowers of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, St Ives and St Ives Bay, Inspirational Islands: The Isles of Scilly, A Cornish Year, Walking in Penwith, Photographing Cornwall and Walk­ing on the Liz­ard, and photographer for Iconic Cornwall. His work is featured regularly in magazines, and his photographs are stocked by a number of photographic libraries. David has twice won double awards from the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild for Photography and Excellence in Writing, and his photographs regularly win competitions at both local and national levels. He is pas­sion­ate about the pro­tec­tion of our wild places, and is a former trustee of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust.

ISBN: 9780906720547
1st edition
Paperback with flaps
80 pages
59 photographs
214 x 222 mm
18.10.07

‘David Chapman has an eye for the dramatic and unexpected … he also has an enviable talent for homing in on a landscape to picture it in a unique way.’ (Western Morning News, 20.10.07)

‘David has switched his lens from wildlife to the landscapes of this beloved part of the county. Penwith Moods is a follow-up to his phenomenally successful book, Wild about Cornwall. …
‘… David’s photography draws endless praise from Cornwall Today readers’ (Cornwall Today, October 2007)

‘… a master class in command and control.
‘Established photographers will look at these spectacular shots and know exactly what David has gone through, both in terms of technique and patience, to get the images he wants. … a masterful assembly of photographic art.’ (Outdoor Focus, Autumn 2007)

‘59 evocative pictures that capture the mood of this fascinating area of Cornwall’ (Packet Newspapers, 21.10.07) For the full review see Packet Newspapers online.

‘… David Chapman more than lives up to his promise of depicting Penwith in all its moods …
‘… a visual treat.’ (The Cornishman, 13.12.07)

‘A series of evocative photographs that perfectly capture the mood of a special part of Cornwall’ (West Briton, 27.12.07)

‘From the swirling sea of Porthcurno beach at dusk to the tempestuous tide of Sennen the seascape moods of Penwith are beautifully reproduced.
‘Chapman also turns his lens inland to focus on rolling mists and sun-draped flowers as well as the always dramatic and evocative ruined mines’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 03.01.08)

‘There are fine images …
‘The variety of “mood” is beautifully captured …
‘As is customary with Alison Hodge’s productions, the publication is nicely designed and produced.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 10, Spring 2008)

‘His stunning series of images captures the immense power of the landscape and the spectacular coastline … As well as providing a striking panorama, each photograph encapsulates the essence of this magical land.’ (This England, Summer 2008)

‘this superb collection of photographs is a real must for anyone who loves the far west of Cornwall. … a brilliant and moving work.’ (South West Coast Path Association News, Summer 2008)

**

Warm Frost

Sir Terry Frost

Warm Frost coverUntil his death in September 2003, Sir Terry Frost, RA, was Britain’s leading abstract artist, and one of our most important painters. His book Warm Frost gives an overview of his life and work. It includes paintings from the 1940s to 2002; sculptures; decorated ceramics and jewellery; poems, and family photos.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

Warm Frost is published in our Inspirations series.

  • Introduction
  • Place of work
  • How it all started
  • Early work
  • Beginning abstraction
  • Colour is vital …
  • … landscape too
  • Yellow Walk
  • Frost family
  • Newlyn
  • Recurring themes … sun
  • Recurring themes … moon
  • Recurring themes … spirals and crescents
  • Constructions and sculptures
  • Design and decoration
  • Flying high
  • Recent work
  • Public acclaim
  • Brief biographical details
  • Details of work reproduced
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 0906720621
1st edition
Cased
48 pages
28 paintings, 40 colour photos, 8 black and white photos, 10 drawings
190 x 210mm
05.08.03

‘It is beautiful, I am very pleased with it. It’s so different from the usual type of art book. It’s more like a piece of poetry.’ (Sir Terry Frost, in the Western Morning News, 16.08.03)

‘A superb little book!’ (Ron Howell, Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh, August 2003)

‘The book reflects the volume and diversity of his creativity.’ (Western Morning News, 16.08.03)

‘not only an attractive production number but also an excellent introduction to and overview of the life and work of Sir Terry Frost RA, it is a humdinger and a half!’ (The Cornishman, 24.07.03)

‘I think it’s terrific – really gives you an idea of the man himself’ (Tim Hubbard, Radio Cornwall, 28.07.03)

**

Beneath Cornish Seas

Mark Webster

Beneath Cornish Seas coverHidden below the surface of the temperate Cornish seas is an amazing array of colourful marine life, whose diversity challenges that of a tropical reef. Indeed, many of our species are closely related to those in warm waters, for the Gulf Stream divides around the peninsula, bringing warmer, clearer waters that propagate a diversity of marine life not generally found elsewhere around the UK’s coastline. A multitude of invertebrate species, including anemones, soft and stony corals, and even sea fans more common on coral reefs, paint the rocks with carptes of colour, and fish life is profuse, with shoals of bass and mackerel, wrasse, flatfish, blennies, scorpion fish, tope, sharks, and visitors from warmer, Southern waters. In summer we see trigger fish, sun fish, basking sharks, and even leatherback turtles. In Beneath Cornish Seas, Mark Webster’s stunning underwater photographs give an insight into the life in our rock pools and below the waves. It will appeal to snorkellers, divers, underwater photographers and people with a passion for marine life and natural history, as well as anyone who is simply curious to know about life beneath the sea.

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Mark Webster developed his interest in underwater photography while working in the commercial diving industry. It quickly became a passion, and he was soon scoring highly in competitive photography. He has represented the UK four times at the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography, achieving Silver and Bronze medals. His publications include The Art and Technique of Underwater Photography, Diving and Snorkeling Belize, and Passions – Scuba Diving. He writes regularly for Diver magazine in the UK, and his work has featured in many diving, photographic and wildlife publications. Mark regularly gives presentations on underwater photography at trade shows and seminars, including Visions in the Sea and the London International Dive Show.

  • Introduction
  • The photographs
  • Notes and technical details

ISBN 9780906720707
1st edi­tion
Paper­back with flaps
80 pages
93 pho­to­graphs
214 x 222 mm
12.02.09

Copies of Beneath Cornish Seas were presented to winners of the BSoUP/Diver Magazine annual print competition in London in April 2009.

Pictures from the book featured in three exhibitions at Falmouth Art Gallery in 2009 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

‘Truly superb photographs… yet another example of a high quality publication by Alison Hodge, who has seemingly cornered the Cornish market for well-illustrated books’ (Old Cornwall, XIV, 1, Autumn 2009)

‘Mark shares his love of coastal waters, producing a set of images that look more like a tropical sea than the murky depths of the Western Approaches.’ (Western Morning News, 28.03.09)

the most unbelievable book’ (BBC Radio Cornwall, 22.01.09)

‘In “Beneath Cornish Seas”, Mark’s interesting underwater shots provide a fresh look at nature in Cornwall below the waves.’ (BBC Radio Cornwall interview with Mark Webster on 20.01.09.)

**

Cornwall from the Coast Path

Michael Kent and Merryn Kent

Cornwall from the Coast Path coverIn 2007, Mike Kent fulfilled a long-standing ambition to walk the whole of the coast path of his Cornish homeland, from Marsland to Cremyll. During the 16-day journey, walking for up to 14 hours each day, and occasionally camping wild on remote and rugged cliffs, Mike recorded his thoughts and observations about various things Cornish. On his return, Mike and Merryn Kent dug deeper to uncover more about the places and people, landscapes and wildlife, that caught his imagination along the way. Some are as world-famous as Tintagel Castle and the tin mines of Levant. Others, like the cliffside hut built by poet and playwright Ronald Duncan, are equally fascinating but barely known. Handsomely illustrated with many photographs and maps, this book captures the authors’ shared passion for Cornwall’s rich coastal heritage.

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Dr Michael Kent is a marine biologist. He has taught outdoor education and biology, and was Coastwatch Co-ordinator for the Nature Conservancy Council, organizing surveys of Cornish estuaries and beaches. He helped to set up the Centre for Applied Zoology at Cornwall College Newquay, and to design and run Foundation degrees in Zoological Conservation and Marine Aquaculture. He is the author of Exploring the Camel Estuary (Alison Hodge, 2007), Food and Fitness; The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine, and Advanced Biology (all published by Oxford University Press), and co-author of the Collins Pocket Reference Biology. He was a contributor and adviser to The Oxford Dictionaries of Ecology, Zoology, and Plant Life.

Merryn Kent is a history graduate of Somerville College, Oxford. A former teacher and computer programmer, she is currently Library Manager for Padstow and St Columb libraries. Her published work includes educational material for primary school pupils, booklets for GCSE science students, and short stories and magazine articles for general readers. A keen walker, she is an active member of the Ramblers Association for which she is a volunteer Footpath Guardian. Above all, like Michael, she has an enthusiastic interest in Cornwall’s landscape and heritage and is keen to share that enthusiasm with others.

  • Introduction
  • 1 Welcombe to Crackington Haven
  • 2 Crackington Haven to Tregonnick Tail
  • 3 Tregonnick Tail to Padstow
  • 4 Padstow to Trevelgue, Newquay
  • 5 Trevelgue, Newquay to St Agnes Beacon
  • 6 St Agnes to Carbis Bay
  • 7 Carbis Bay to Pendeen
  • 8 Pendeen to Porthcurno
  • 9 Porthcurno to Marazion
  • 10 Marazion to Mullion
  • 11 Mullion to Godrevy Cove
  • 12 Godrevy Cove to Falmouth
  • 13 Falmouth to Portloe
  • 14 Portloe to Charlestown
  • 15 Charlestown to Looe
  • 16 Looe to Cremyll
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9780906720684
1st edition
Paperback
184 pages
260 colour photos; 16 maps
210 x 148 mm
24.07.08

‘If you want to walk the Cornish foopath this could be a book for you. With 184 pages, 260 colour photographs and sixteen maps it helps to discover the wonderful coast of the county.’ (Packet Newspapers, 03.07.08)

‘this book equals Michael’s summing up his experiences and is “fantastic”.
‘Excellent value and eminently readable …
‘A book which lives up to its claim of being the perfect companion for those contemplating walking Cornwall’s coast path or even just spending some time on its coast’ (Western Morning News, 22.07.08)

‘Fantastic tale of coastal walk …
‘I was left with nothing but admiration for an excellent production.’ (The Cornishman, 24.07.08)

‘Michael’s background in marine biology and his wife’s in history shine through with a knowledgeable passion. …
‘With its detailed routes and 16 maps, this book serves as a perfectly satisfactory walking planner.
‘It is, however, equally readable as a Palin-esque travel guide. Michael is amusing without trying too hard’ (Western Morning News, 23.08.08)

‘…this excellent guide … a book to dip in and out of, to use if you fancy a walk along the coast path, or just want to learn more about our county. Michael Kent says “Cornwall’s coast is special” and this book proves he is right.’ (Cornwall Life, September 2008)

‘Valuable guide to a great coastal show …
‘… one of the latest books from the excellent Penzance-based Alison Hodge Publishers.’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 25.09.08)

‘The book is chock-full of the information on the varied locations encountered… it makes a good companion for anyone making all or parts of the walk…
‘As usual with this publisher, the quality of the production is pleasing and high, and … it is good value.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 12, Spring 2009)

**

The Devon Gardens Guide

Rosemary Lauder

The Devon Gardens Guide coverA comprehensive visitor’s guide to some 130 gardens in Devon open to the public, by the author of numerous books on the county. The text is thoroughly researched, informative, accessible, and up to date. The Devon Gardens Guide is copiously illustrated with colour photographs, and includes a general introduction to the geology, climate and garden history of Devon; a list of nurseries and garden centres in the county, and a calendar of opening times. Essential for garden-lovers, whether visitors to the county or locals.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

Rosemary Lauder has lived in north Devon for 30 years, and entered the world of journalism in the 1980s, writing gardening articles for the local paper. Since then she has written a number of guidebooks, anthologies, two books on the lost houses of Devon, and Devon Families, as well as numerous magazine articles. She has been an active member of the Devon Gardens Trust since its early days.

  • Foreword, by Michael Hickson, Vice-President of the Devon Gardens Trust
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • How to Use this Book
  • 1 West
  • 2 North
  • 3 Mid
  • 4 East
  • 5 South
  • 6 Dartmoor
  • 7 Additional Gardens
  • Nurseries
  • Calendar of Garden Openings
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
  • Map of Devon

ISBN: 0906720346
1st edition
Wiro, paperback with flaps
256 pages
326 colour photos; 1 map
210 x 148 mm
15.04.04

‘An excellent book to have beside one; I am currently keeping mine beside my evening armchair for relaxed browsing.’ (Michael Hickson, Vice-President, Devon Gardens Trust, April 2004)

‘lavishly illustrated with superb quality images … and some informative text about the individual history of the gardens and gardeners.’ (Devon Life, July 2004)

‘The guide is extremely well presented … The ring-bound presentation adds to the book’s practical use for garden visits. … The book is good value at £10.95 and as Michael Hickson writes in the foreword, “Rosemary Lauder has admirably drawn together the many different gardens from within the county, with the purpose of encouraging visitors to them.” I’m sure it will successfully achieve that objective.’ (John Clark, Devon Gardens Trust, Newsletter, no. 57, Summer 2004)

‘A popular guide to gardens open to the public which fills the gap between the Yellow NGS Book and Devon Gardens: an Historical Survey … . The ring bound presentation adds to the book’s practical use for garden visits.’ (The Garden History Society News, no. 71, Summer 2004)

‘a welcome addition to the shop shelves …
‘a high-quality package …
‘There are bags of bonuses with this book, not least its spiral binding so you can fold back any page at random and stuff the book in your pocket or rucksack without fear of crumples or creases.
‘… this delightful directory’ (North Devon Journal, 15.04.04)

**

St Ives and St Ives Bay

David Chapman

St Ives & St Ives Bay coverNarrow streets and alleys; a harbour packed with boats; beaches of clean white sand and crystal-clear waters. Sunlight playing with colour, shadow and form. Located on a spectacular, sheltered bay, with its sweeping dune systems, estuary and the distant landmark of Godrevy Lighthouse, this is St Ives. This book explores the town and St Ives Bay.

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David Chapman is a professional photographer and writer, and the author of Wild about Cornwall, Penwith Moods, Birds of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Wildflowers of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Exploring the Cornish Coast, Inspirational Islands: The Isles of Scilly, A Cornish Year, Walking in Penwith, Photographing Cornwall and Walk­ing on the Liz­ard, and photographer for Iconic Cornwall. His work is featured regularly in magazines, and his photographs are stocked by a number of photographic libraries. David has twice won double awards from the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild for Photography and Excellence in Writing, and his photographs regularly win competitions at both local and national levels.

St Ives and St Ives Bay is published in our Pocket Cornwall series.

  • Introduction
  • Around Town
  • St Ives Bay
  • St Ives Festivals
  • St Ives Feast Day (February)
  • Good Friday
  • Mayday Celebrations
  • Midsummer Bonfire
  • The Biathlon
  • The John Knill Celebrations
  • Lifeboat Day
  • Raft Race
  • St Ives September Festival
  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations

ISBN: 9780906720653
1st edition
Paperback
80 pages
106 colour photographs
150 x 153 mm
07.04.09

‘really attractive and well produced… takes a look around the town… and in the area’ (Old Cornwall, XIV, 1, Autumn 2009)

**

Inspirational Islands: The Isles of Scilly

David Chapman

Inspirational Islands: The Isles of Scilly coverLong white beaches washed by a turquoise sea; rocks sculpted by wind, rain and sea-spray; exotic, subtropical plants; weather constantly changing, from storms lashing the coast, to sea mists with sun sparkling on the sea. This book captures the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly, and gives a snapshot of their history.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

David Chapman is pas­sion­ate about the pro­tec­tion of our wild places, and is a former trustee of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust. He is a professional photographer and writer, and the author of Wild about Cornwall, Penwith Moods, Birds of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Wildflowers of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Exploring the Cornish Coast, St Ives and St Ives BayA Cornish Year, Walking in Penwith, Photographing Cornwall and Walk­ing on the Liz­ard, and photographer for Iconic Cornwall. His work is featured regularly in magazines, and his photographs are stocked by a number of photographic libraries. David has twice won double awards from the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild for Photography and Excellence in Writing, and his photographs regularly win competitions at both local and national levels.

Inspirational Islands: The Isles of Scilly is published in our Pocket Cornwall series.

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History of the Islands
  • The Isles of Scilly Today
  • Getting Back to Nature
  • Top Spots for Wildlife and Wildflowers
  • Contact Details

ISBN: 9780906720660
1st edition
Paperback
80 pages
79 colour photographs
150 x 153 mm
07.04.09

‘really attractive and well produced… Full of striking images’ (Old Cornwall, XIV, 1, Autumn 2009)

‘So much has been written about the islands that some might argue there isn’t room for yet another book of pretty pictures of Tresco gardens’ exotica, a storm over the Western Rocks or a puffin with its beak stuffed with sand eels. And while there may be some truth in that view, there will always be room for photographs as accomplished and thoughtful as David Chapman’s. …
‘A guide which, at less than six inches square, fits any pocket, David Chapman’s photographic celebration will serve as both an introduction to the magic of Scilly and a reminder of the islands’ beauty when dewy-eyed holidaymakers return home.’ (Western Morning News, 25.04.09.) You can read the full review here.

**

Concrete Works

Car­ole Vin­cent, with pho­to­graphs by Clive Boursnell

Concrete Works cover imageCar­ole Vin­cent is an artist work­ing in con­crete. In addi­tion to pub­lic works like The Bude Light in Corn­wall; The Red Car­pet in Edin­burgh, and Les Jongleurs in Jer­sey, her book Con­crete Works fea­tures more per­sonal work, and the Blue Circle Garden – a medal-win­ner at the 2001 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. With stun­ning pho­to­graphs by Clive Boursnell.

You can use Google Book Search to look inside this book here.

Car­ole Vin­cent is a painter and sculptor. Her exuber­ant, free-form shapes and bril­liant col­ours punc­tu­ate her envir­on­mental and garden designs. In 2001 she was a medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2005 the Devon Guild of Crafts­men presen­ted a major ret­ro­spect­ive exhib­i­tion of her work.

Con­crete Works is pub­lished in our Inspir­a­tions series.

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • Place of work
  • Half Acre – a cot­tage by the sea
  • Build­ing a dream
  • A dream fulfilled
  • Garden and sculpture
  • The Con­crete Garden
  • The Armada Dial
  • Quar­tet
  • Con­crete casting
  • Les Jongleurs
  • The Red Carpet
  • The Bude Light
  • The Blue Circle Garden
  • Con­crete Jungle
  • Smal­ler work
  • Com­mis­sions and pub­lic work
  • Acknow­ledge­ments

ISBN: 090672063X
1st edi­tion
Cased
48 pages
110 col­our pho­tos, 5 black and white pho­tos, 10 draw­ings
190 x 210mm
29.05.03

‘a pub­lish­ing tri­umph: attract­ive design and lay­out, strong inform­at­ive text and stun­ning col­our pho­to­graphy.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 31.05.03)

‘a tan­tal­ising glimpse at the work of a remark­able artist, whose work is wide-ranging.’ (West Bri­ton, 17.07.03)

‘Con­crete Works traces the devel­op­ment of Car­ole Vincent’s work, describ­ing the inspir­a­tion behind her sculp­tures and the meth­ods used to cre­ate them.
‘The book is superbly illus­trated’ (The Cornish Garden, no. 47, 2004)

**

Wild about Cornwall

David Chapman

Wild about Corn­wall looks at the best places to go to exper­i­ence the nat­ural his­tory of Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly. It includes some 40 loc­a­tions around the county, fea­tur­ing well-known spots such as Kyn­ance, and some much less well known, such as the arable fields of Boscregan Farm near Land’s End. Loc­a­tions have been chosen to offer a chance not just to see but to exper­i­ence the county’s best wild­life in some stun­ning loc­a­tions. Whether your interest is in plants, birds, insects, mam­mals, amphi­bi­ans or rep­tiles there is some­thing here for you. Wild about Corn­wall is not only a prac­tical guide, giv­ing details of access, con­tacts and spe­cies to be seen, but an attract­ive book, enhanced by David Chapman’s delight­ful text and packed with his stun­ning pho­to­graphs – he has been sav­ing his best for this!

In writ­ing the book, David draws upon his own exper­i­ence of vis­it­ing the sites, and inter­view­ing landown­ers, war­dens of nature reserves, and a range of people in vari­ous con­ser­va­tion groups. As well as guid­ing us around the sites, he tells about the his­tory of the chosen loc­a­tions, and gives tips on how to spot the wild­life there. High­lighted spe­cies are chosen for par­tic­u­lar loc­a­tions and described in greater detail, giv­ing inter­est­ing back­ground to their beha­viour, folk­lore and, where appro­pri­ate, con­ser­va­tion. This is not only a valu­able ref­er­ence book for people wish­ing to exper­i­ence Cornish wild­life, but also a won­der­ful show­case for those who simply wish to sit back and enjoy the nat­ural won­ders of the county from the com­fort of their armchairs.

David Chap­man is pas­sion­ate about the pro­tec­tion of our wild places, and is a former trustee of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust. He is a pro­fes­sional pho­to­grapher and writer, and his work is fea­tured reg­u­larly in magazines. His pho­to­graphs are stocked by a num­ber of pho­to­graphic lib­rar­ies. David has twice won double awards from the Out­door Writers & Pho­to­graph­ers Guild for Pho­to­graphy and Excel­lence in Writ­ing, and his pho­to­graphs reg­u­larly win com­pet­i­tions at both local and national levels. He is the author of Pen­with Moods, Birds of Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, Explor­ing the Cornish Coast, Wild­flowers of Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, St Ives and St Ives Bay, Inspir­a­tional Islands: The Isles of Scilly, A Cornish Year, Walk­ing in Pen­with, Pho­to­graph­ing Corn­wall and Walk­ing on the Liz­ard, and pho­to­grapher for Iconic Corn­wall.

  • Foreword, by Trevor Edwards, Chief Executive, Cornwall Wildlife Trust; Introduction; How to Use This Book; The sites; Welcombe and Marsland; The Bude Canal; Boscastle; Polzeath; The Camel Estuary; West Pentire; Penhale Sands; Tehidy Country Park; Godrevy to Upton Towans; The Hayle Estuary; St Ives; Bosigran and Gurnard’s Head; Cot Valley; Boscregan Farm; St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly; Tresco, Isles of Scilly; St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly; Porthgwarra; Marazion Marsh; Godolphin; Loe Pool; Kynance; Windmill Farm; Goonhilly Downs; Kennall Vale; Bissoe Valley; Tresillian River; The Lost Gardens of Heligan; Luxulyan; Goss Moor; Breney Common; Lanhydrock; Cabilla and Redrice; Kilminorth Woods; Golitha Falls; Kit Hill; Sylvia’s Meadow; Cotehele; Antony Woodland Garden; Mount Edgcumbe and Rame Head; Year Planner; Location Planner; Organizations and Groups; Field Craft; Country Codes; Recommended Reading; Species Index; Map of Cornwall

ISBN: 9780906720516
1st edi­tion
Paper­back with flaps
256 pages
281 pho­to­graphs, 1 map
214 x 222 mm
29.03.07

David Chapman and his book Wild about Cornwall featured on Radio 4’s ‘Ramblings’ with Clare Balding in August 2007, in a walk on the South West Coast Path between Bosigran and Gurnard’s Head.

Wild about Cornwall was chosen as Book of the Month by Tim Smit for the BBC Wildlife magazine: ‘Thorougly recommeded.’ (BBC Wildlife July 2007)

‘This is an excellent book for the family as well as for the specialist and the words, which accompany the pictures, are very informative.’ (Packet Newspapers 23.02.07) For the full review see Packet Newspapers online.

‘a book that truly qualifies as a “must have” for anyone who loves Cornwall and its natural history and wildlife.’ (The Cornishman, 08.03.07)

‘David’s latest venture gathers together all his talents and passions. Wild about Cornwall is a glossy picture-led book revealing the best places to go to experience the natural history of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.’ (Western Morning News, 24.03.07)

‘This is riveting reading for naturalists, with the book’s piece de resistance being the photography. Over 280 gorgeous colour images … . If you enjoy reading our nature features, we promise you’ll love this.’ (Caravan Club Magazine, March 2007)

‘Beautifully designed, with a clear lay-out and exceptional photographic reproduction, it’s a real gem.’ (Western Morning News, 10.04.07).

‘I would not be the least bit surprised, come the Guild awards for excellence next year, to find David Chapman once again among the serious contenders. …
‘… Wild about Cornwall displays not only Nature’s Art, but an artist at work.’ (Terry Marsh, Bootprint, Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Magazine, April 2007)

‘Details of the chosen locations include, where relevant, a brief history of the site, a description of the conservation strategies used there and a close look at some of the key species.’ (Wild Cornwall, no. 102, Spring 2007)

‘Chapman’s eye is such that the reader can be forgiven for feeling that nature compliantly arranged itself for the perfect photograph. But, of course, it is his ability to capture scenes from a different viewpoint that heightens the ordinary into the sublime.’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 05.04.07)

‘Some can write, others can take good photographs, but this author can do both well! Wild about Cornwall is designed to be “a celebration of the natural history of Cornwall” and it is certainly that.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 9, 2007)

‘This book is, quite simply, superb. …
‘ … The book is perfect on many levels, and the photography is breathtaking …
‘The book is incredibly low priced at £14.95’ (South West Coast Path Association News, Autumn 2007, no. 76)

**

Iconic CornwallIconic Cornwall cover

Sarah Chap­man and David Chap­man

Corn­wall has a unique cul­ture, her­it­age, beauty and atmo­sphere. Its char­ac­ter is defined to a large extent by the places, people, nat­ural fea­tures and build­ings that typify and rep­res­ent the best of the county. In words and pho­to­graphs, this book por­trays those iconic loc­a­tions that exem­plify Corn­wall – places that fas­cin­ate, intrigue and inspire. They range from ancient castles and defences, through nineteenth-century tin mines and bridges, to har­bours, gar­dens, churches, and some of Britain’s most spec­tac­u­lar moor­land and coast.

Iconic Cornwall is reissued in our Pocket Cornwall series. For full details, click here.

Sarah Chap­man was born in Corn­wall. She spent much of her child­hood in Truro, before read­ing Geo­graphy at Manchester Uni­ver­sity. Her love of the county encour­aged her to return to teach in Cam­borne, Hel­ston and finally in Truro, before leav­ing the pro­fes­sion to work with her hus­band, David, from their small­hold­ing near Hayle. Her pas­sion for the county of Corn­wall and her know­ledge of its char­ac­ter are reflec­ted in this, her first, book.

Author of Wild about Corn­wall (Alison Hodge, 2007) and numer­ous other books about the county, David Chap­man is a trustee of the Corn­wall Wild­life Trust, and is pas­sion­ate about the pro­tec­tion of our wild places. A pro­fes­sional pho­to­grapher and writer, his work is fea­tured reg­u­larly in magazines, and his pho­to­graphs are stocked by a num­ber of pho­to­graphic lib­rar­ies. David has twice won double awards from the Out­door Writers & Pho­to­graph­ers Guild for Pho­to­graphy and Excel­lence in Writ­ing, and his pho­to­graphs reg­u­larly win competitions.

ISBN: 9780906720578
Cased
128 pages
122 col­our pho­to­graphs
250 x 250 mm
25.09.08

Iconic Corn­wall was the Editor’s Choice for Novem­ber 2008 in Corn­wall Today.

‘Iconic loc­a­tions are well chosen …
‘… cov­ers the whole county well. … few will dis­agree with the author’s final choice’ (The Cornish­man, 09.10.08)

‘… superb treat­ment from Sarah’s words and David’s lens.
‘… Iconic Corn­wall por­trays the won­der of our land­scape and people.’ (West Bri­ton, 16.10.08)

‘a book which lives up to its claim of reflect­ing the author’s pas­sion for her nat­ive Corn­wall and her know­ledge of its char­ac­ter’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 12.11.08). You can read the full review here.

‘…homes in with words and views on fairytale set­tings… And the details of each scene are often as fas­cin­at­ing as the accom­pa­ny­ing pic­ture cap­tur­ing light and mood.’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 18.12.08)

‘will appeal widely … it is very attract­ively pack­aged, and the price is very fair for such a nicely pro­duced, abund­antly illus­trated hard­back volume.’ (Old Corn­wall, vol. XIII, no. 12, Spring 2009)

**

Coast

Coast coverBob Berry, introduction by Frank Ruhrmund

This book includes some of the finest, iconic views of the coast of Cornwall – where land meets sea, meets sky.

Bob Berry is an award-winning photographer, with a passion for coastal landscapes. Frank Ruhrmund writes regularly on the arts for The Cornishman and the Western Morning News.

Coast is published in our Inspirations series.

ISBN: 0906720613
1st edition
Cased
48 pages
65 colour photos
190 x 210mm
07.05.02

‘Renowned for his full colour photographs that capture the spirit of Cornwall, Bob Berry’s breaking waves, big skies, sea-shaped boulders and footprints in the sand are, in every sense, magic moments.’ (Western Morning News, 21.05.02)

‘His skilful use of light and the movement of tides produce some magical coloured pictures of the Cornish coastline.… Indeed… magic.’ (West Briton, 27.06.02)

**

The Parks & Gardens of Cornwall coverThe Parks and Gardens of Cornwall

Douglas Ellory Pett

The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall is the most comprehensive survey of the subject for any county in England. Some 440 sites are grouped into districts centred on the principal towns, and arranged to correspond with the Ordnance Survey Landranger maps. The descriptions will interest local and garden historians, and all those who wish to know something of the families, architects and social background, as well as the designers who created the gardens of Cornwall. The survey is richly illustrated with historic prints – many never previously reproduced – including sketches by Prideaux (1716–27); plates from the histories of Borlase (1758) and Gilbert (1820), and from Twycross’s exceedingly scarce Mansions of Cornwall.

Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first experience of large-scale gardening as Vicar of Gulval, Penzance, from 1961 to 1966. Later, in the 1980s, he pursued geological and other field studies in Cornwall, and was invited to organize the first professional and voluntary surveys of historic gardens for the newly-formed Cornwall Garden Trust. He was a member of the Garden History Society; author of Creative Gardeners, The Cornwall Gardens Guide (both published by Alison Hodge),and Horticulture on the Isles of Scilly; editor of From A Cornish Bishop’s Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001); co-author of The Historic Gardens of Cornwall (1991), and a regular contributor to The Cornish Garden.

ISBN: 0906720273
1st edition
Cased
336 pages
121 b/w drawings, photos, plans and tables
280 x 216mm
30.11.98

‘ambitious, substantial and well produced … Douglas Pett is an accomplished writer with an attractive style … It is hard to see how the book could be improved … It instantly becomes the standard reference on its subject.’ (Gardens Illustrated, June 1999)

‘Cornwall has always been innovative and thorough in its garden history publications and the latest survey The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall by Douglas Ellory Pett … is exemplary. … This is an essential book for anyone with an interest in garden history, whether they have a direct association with Cornwall or not.’ (Museum of Garden History Newsletter)

‘The book is vigorous and exhaustive, yet always readable and engaging. The most complete garden inventory for any English county, this is a work of great scholarship. … So many guides tell you what you can see for yourself; this one will enrich many a visit by setting a garden in its physical, historical and horticultural context … The book sets a new standard for county surveys of parks and gardens and will remain for many years the standard work for anyone seriously interested in Cornish gardens.’ (Country Life, 8.04.99)

‘This book is a tour de force, a most extraordinary achievement and a gift to all those who love the Duchy of Cornwall. … this book is about the planned landscape of Cornwall. … ‘The author’s knowledge and experience reveals the depth of Cornwall’s garden and plant history and the reason why today … gardening activities play such a large role in the attractiveness and economy of Cornwall … It is a real bench mark in the published works on Cornwall …
‘Dr Pett manages to combine the distinguished elements of scholarship with the esoteric pleasure of “Dipping”, the book is both readable and stimulating … The standard of editing, typesetting, design and choice of paper are all of the highest quality and add greatly to the stylish feel of the book. … The Foreword by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is both generous and encouraging. In the most worthy way the book marks the state of the gardened landscapes in the Duchy at the end of the second Millenium.’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal, 1999)

‘Rarely is one able, without reservation, not only to recommend but rave about a book, but this is an outstanding publication.
‘Surely the definitive work on Cornish parks and gardens … The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall is a monumental work. …
‘A social as much as it is a horticultural history of Cornwall, a fund of fascinating information, above all else, it is immensely readable: somehow Douglas Ellory Pett has struck just the right balance to allow his book to appeal to garden expert and layman, visitor and resident alike. …
‘Containing everything you ever wanted to know about Cornwall’s gardens and gardeners, as rare and rewarding as many of the plants found in the sheltered, sub-tropical, and often secret, gardens of the county, this is a tour de force if ever there was one. …
‘Excellent value, with no less than 121 black and white illustrations, many of them previously unpublished prints, plus a foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales, it is a right royal publication in every sense.’ (The Cornishman, 3.12.98).

‘one of the most important books ever written on gardens in the county.’ (West Briton, 03.03.05)

‘His Parks and Gardens of Cornwall ranks alongside the works of Edgar Thurston and W. Arnold-Forster as one of the most important books ever written on gardens in the county.’ (Roger Trenoweth, Editor, The Cornish Garden, in the West Briton, 03.03.05)

**

The Cry of a Bird coverThe Cry of a Bird

Dorothy Yglesias

The world-famous Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary was founded in 1928 by Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesias. This is the story of how the sisters built it up and ran it, written to enlarge ‘human understanding of bird life, and especially bird character’

Dorothy Yglesias and her sister Phyllis (Pog) first came to Mousehole in 1912. Thirteen years later they returned to live there – Dorothy to grow flowers for the market, Phyllis an artist and sculptress. They started the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary in answer to ‘the cry of a bird’.

ISBN: 0906720184
2nd edition
Paperback
136 pages
194 x 128mm
1989

‘They made themselves the servants of the least of Creatures. One ends the book with a feeling of great humility in the presence of qualities not abundant in contemporary life’ (Country Life)

**

Kilvert's Cornish Diary coverKilvert’s Cornish Diary

Richard Maber and Angela Tregoning

This is the first complete edition of the Cornish Diary, one of only three of Kilvert’s surviving original notebooks. Copiously illustrated with contemporary photographs and engravings, it gives a fascinating picture of Kilvert, and of a Cornwall balanced between the old and the new. Kilvert’s Diary is a classic – beautifully written, a work of literature.

Richard Maber has published academic articles on Old Cornish, and books and articles on seventeenth-century French literature. Angela Tregoning comes from an old Cornish family. She is a specialist in medieval travel literature.

ISBN: 0906720192
1st edition
Paperback
144 pages
75 b/w photos, 1 map
190 x 202mm
1989

‘Kilvert’s gossipy and lively account of travels in Cornwall is enhanced by copious notes, contemporary photographs and engravings.’ (The Countryman, Spring 1990)

**

A Week at the Land's End coverA Week at the Land’s End

J.T. Blight

John Thomas Blight, FSA, was born in Penzance in 1835. He showed an extraordinary early talent in drawing, botany and wood engraving, and spent much of his youth sketching the ancient stones and holy wells of west Penwith, soon gaining the respect of scholars like Robert Stephen Hawker, James Orchard Halliwell and Sabine-Baring Gould. His work was in demand, and he published several books, including the delightfully evocative A Week at the Land’s End (1861), in which he illustrated ‘the extreme western point of England; its romantic scenery, its natural productions, and its ancient legends’. In his introduction, Charles Thomas shows the importance of Blight’s work in its time, and how it contributes to the historiography of Cornwall.

Born in 1835, J.T. Blight’s interests embraced botany and natural history, ecclesiology and antiquarian topics. A skilled draughtsman and engraver, as well as a writer, he was early elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was ‘the reflector and chronicler of rural West Penwith in the mid-Victorian era’ (Charles Thomas). Charles Thomas is a former Professor of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology and of the Cornwall Archaeological Society, and a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments for England. He has a great fondness for nineteenth-century Cornwall.

ISBN: 0906720206
3rd edition
Paperback
272 pages
1 b/w photo, 95 line drawings
194 x 128mm
1989

‘This is one of those books that deserve a place in the collection of anyone with even the slightest interest in the Land’s End district. Alison Hodge is to be complimented on making it available to the present generation.
‘J.T. Blight had an insatiable curiosity and in his book encompasses everything – antiquities, history, church architecture, natural history, mining, fishing… He was an accurate observer and often provides the only reliable guide to some of the antiquities that have disappeared or suffered “restoration” since his day.
‘The introduction to this edition by Charles Thomas, Professor of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, places J.T. Blight in the context of mid Victorian Cornwall. It reminds us of the wide circle of his acquaintances and friends, and of his considerable accomplishments.’ (Old Cornwall, X, 10, Spring 1990)

‘Nous avons ainsi non seulement un guide d’un canton pittoresque, mais un état présent, détaillé et précis, pour l’agriculture, la pêche, les mines, les resources locales, aussi bien que pour les mégalithes et les monuments ou vestiges de diverse époques.…
‘Le curieux, l’érudit et le chercheur, trouveront sûrement profit et plaisir à suivre J.T. Blight dans son périple de sa petite patrie, au siècle dernier et à travers les temps révolus. On ne peut que recommander la lecture de cette périégèse exemplaire au passager du Roscoff-Plymouth partant explorer la vieille terre celtique d’outre-mer. (Études Celtiques, XXVII, 1990)

**

Come and Listen to the Stars Singing coverCome and Listen to the Stars Singing – Priaulx Rainier: A Pictorial Biography

June Opie

Composer Priaulx Rainier was described by Sir Yehudi Menuhin as having ‘a musical imagination of a colour and variety scarcely to be believed’. Born in South Africa, she was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. A contemporary and close friend of St Ives artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, she spent much of her time in Cornwall. This book includes Priaulx Rainier’s musical life, and brings out her enthusiasm, her warmth and her sense of humour.

June Opie wrote on a wide range of subjects, and knew Priaulx Rainier well for many years. Her other books include Over My Dead Body.

ISBN: 0906720176
1st edition
Paperback
96 pages
90 b/w photos, 5 line drawings
228 x 209mm
1988

**

Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks coverCornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks

Mary Wright

In late nineteenth-century Cornwall, hand-knitting was an important cottage industry, and coastal villages developed their own distinctive patterns and names for the traditional navy blue guernsey. By the 1920s contract knitting had died out and was almost forgotten until Mary Wright started asking old people about it. Her research resulted in ‘a remarkable picture of social history’ (The Guardian), ‘fascinating reading … beautifully produced’ (Western Morning News). There are many delightful contemporary photographs, and detailed instructions and charts show how to knit a Cornish guernsey incorporating one of 30 local patterns.

Mary Wright is a specialist knitting instructor and demonstrator. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK and in Japan. She is also the author of Cornish Treats (Alison Hodge, 1986).

ISBN: 0906720052
1st edition
Paperback
72 pages
67 b/w photos, 30 patterns, 30 charts
190 x 206mm
1979

‘Along with a remarkable picture of social history there are instructions as to how to knit a gansey with thirty individual village or family patterns.’ (Guardian, 01.01.80)

A new edition of Cornish Guernseys and Knit-Focks was published by The Polperro Heritage Press in 2008.

**

The Rio Tinto Company coverThe Rio Tinto Company: An Economic History of a Leading International Mining Concern, 1873–1954

Charles E. Harvey

Winner of the 1981 Wadsworth Prize for Business History, Dr Harvey’s independent study of the Rio Tinto Company is a valuable addition to the sparse empirical literature on international business. It also enlightens aspects of modern Spanish history.

Charles Harvey lectures in economic and business history at the University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.

ISBN 0906720036
1st edition
Cased
400 pages
26 tables, 10 figures
220 x 140mm
1981

‘The Rio Tinto archive … provides the basis for his analysis … (he) treats a wide range of subjects with sophistication and expertise’ in ‘a model study of a major business concern’ (European History Quarterly)

It ‘is at its best when it homes in on the way in which this large enterprise… applied itself to the manipulation of markets’ (The Financial Times)

**

Cornwall's Central Mines: The Southern District coverCornwall’s Central Mines: The Southern District, 1810–1895

T.A. Morrison

The companion volume to Cornwall’s Central Mines: The Northern District, this book charts the boom and decline of the mines of the south-west outskirts of Redruth.

The two books together are ‘the first work to treat this complex subject in a truly comprehensive way’, which ‘those who are interested in metal mining … cannot fail to enjoy’ (IMM Bulletin). They are ‘a must for serious students of Cornish mining’ (Old Cornwall), ‘an altogether handsome work … a scholarly study of true historic worth’ (Western Morning News).

ISBN: 0906720117
1st edition
Cased
500 pages
48 b/w photos, 16 maps and line drawings
200 x 135mm
1983

**

Cornwall's Central Mines: The Northern District coverCornwall’s Central Mines: The Northern District, 1810–1895

T.A. Morrison

In the mid-nineteenth century, Cornwall led the world in the art and science of mining for metals. The Camborne-Redruth district contains some of the most intensively mined ground anywhere in the world. This book charts the history of the mines of Tolgus Downs, Pool and Roskear-Roscroggan. It also raises the question of where useful deposits may yet remain unmined.

T.A. Morrison is a graduate of Cambridge University and Camborne School of Mines. He is a professional mining engineer and a mining historian.

ISBN: 0906720109
1st edition
Cased
400 pages
42 b/w photos, 20 maps and line drawings
200 x 135mm
1980

‘It is rare and exciting these days to come across a book on Cornish mining of the calibre of T.A. Morrison’s’ (Western Morning News)

‘none can fail to admire the author’s immense enthusiasm for his topic and the depth to which it has been researched … it will certainly become a standard text … invaluable documentation for future development in Cornish mining’ (Camborne School of Mines Journal).

 

Cornwall’s Central Mines: The Southern District, 1810–1895

Author: T.A. Morrison

ISBN: 0906720117

Description:http://www.alisonhodge.co.uk/asps/uploads/flexigraphics/pad.gifThe companion volume to Cornwall’s Central Mines: The Northern District, this book charts the boom and decline of the mines of the south-west outskirts of Redruth.

1st edition
Cased
500 pages
48 b/w photos, 16 maps and line drawings
200 x 135mm
1983

 

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