Get Out of the House

As winter turns to spring, and spring turns to summer, here's a selection of books to inspire you to put that blasted book down and go out and look at stuff instead.

The Wavewatcher’s Companion

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

One February morning, Gavin Pretor-Pinney and his three-year-old daughter were messing about on a Cornish beach. Unusually for Cornwall, and disappointingly for avid cloudwatcher Pretor-Pinney, ...


The Wild Places

Robert Macfarlane

In Wild Places Robert Macfarlane, whose history of mountaineering Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award in 2004, travels the British Isles in search of wilderness, often in the ...

The Natural History of Selborne

Gilbert White, edited by Anne Secord

From the publisher:

The Natural History of Selborne (1789)is written as a series of letters, which describe with wit and precision the flora and fauna White observes in his Hampshire parish. A ...



Paul Evans, illustrated by Kurt Jackson

From the publisher:

Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. Herbaceous is a ...