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The Great Escape: Our Top 10 Wilderness Reads for Christmas

Posted on 6th November 2018 by Martha Greengrass

Is the grind of the 9-to-5 getting you down? Do you daydream about peace and quiet and discovering your wilder side? If you're looking to get away from it all, then check out these inspiring reads for freeing body and mind. The wild is calling, it’s time to get lost.

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We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features 23 spellbinding ways to bring the magic of nature much closer to home. Once you know the tricks, the wild world begins to appear before you.

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As November stubs out the glow of autumn and the days tighten into shorter hours, winter's occupation begins. A moving winter diary that reveals the healing power of the natural world. In this moving and lyrical evocation of a British winter Horatio Clare raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the season, and delving into memory and myth to explore the powerful hold of winter.
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From the Norwegian explorer, a stunning meditation on the power of silence and how to shut out the world. Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever? Take a deep breath, and prepare to submerge yourself in Silence.
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Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the South West Coast Path. Through every step and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey. The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming story of coming to terms with grief.

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Lighthouses are striking totems of our relationship to the sea. Today we still depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships. Nowhere is this truer than in the rock lighthouses of Great Britain. Seashaken Houses is a lyrical exploration of these singular towers, the people who risked their lives building and rebuilding them and the ways in which we value emblems of our history.

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Springwatch: The 2019 Almanac offers the perfect guide for anyone looking to get out and explore the wonders of nature just outside their back door. Complete with monthly daylight and rainfall charts and beautifully illustrated with black and white line drawings, The Springwatch Almanac is the ideal companion for every nature lover.
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Pebble-hunting is a pleasant hobby that makes little demand upon one's patience and still less upon one's physical energy. One of the true delights of the pebble-seeker is to read the stories in the stones - to determine whence and by what means they came to be there. Understanding the humble pebble makes a trip to the beach, lake-side or river bank simply that little bit more fascinating.
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With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey featured is truly epic.
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Thousands of processes are taking place, details that are long often fascinating and beautiful. But we've long forgotten how to recognise them. In his radical and eye-opening new book, Peter Wohlleben - the author of Waterstones Book of the Month The Hidden Life of Trees - invites us to become an expert, to take a closer look and interpret the signs that clouds, wind, plants and animals convey.
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Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World explores life on an island with food, drink and community at its heart. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, Shetland seafood is second to none. The native sheep roam freely. Here cooks, farmers, crofters and fishermen toil following traditions that go back hundreds of years. The recipes celebrate the very best the isles have to offer.
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