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These are the books currently available as rewards. The selection of titles will change regularly to include a selection of new and recent books from the UK’s best independent publishers.

21st Century Yokel, by Tom Cox

21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It’s not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrow …
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A Sky Full of Birds by Matt Merritt

A Sky Full of Birds, by Matt Merritt

Britain is a nation of bird-lovers. However, few of us fully appreciate the sheer scale, variety and drama of our avian life. From city-centre hunters to vast flocks straight out of the Arctic wilderness, much-loved dawn songsters to the exotic invaders of supermarket car parks, a host of remarkable wildlife spectacles are waiting to be discovered right outside our front doors. In A Sky Full of Bi …
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A Wood of One’s Own, by Ruth Pavey

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 WAINWRIGHT PRIZE A SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘Delightful… Pavey writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life’ Penelope Lively ‘Captivating and grounded… If this book was not as much a pleasure to write as it is to read, I’ll eat my hat and gardening glove’ Observer After years spent living amid the thrum of London, Ruth Pavey yearned to reconnec …
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Anything For Her- G.J. Minett, by G.J. Minnett

A devilish psychological thriller from the widely loved GJ Minett, for fans of The Girl Before and Lie with Me. You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you? When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for h …
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Dance of The Jakaranda by Peter Kimani, by Peter Kimani

Set in the shadow of Kenya’s independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives and loves of three men—preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim—whose lives inters …
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Islander, by Patrick Barkham

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owners to be run by their …
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Love, Madness, Fishing by Dexter Petley

Love, Madness, Fishing, by Dexter Petley

Soon after Dexter Petley began writing down his observations of people on the borders of rural Kent and Sussex during the 1960s and 1970s, he realised that his stories were acquiring a broader significance. Between the riverbank where he taught himself to fish and the secondary modern where gardening and smallholding were on the curriculum, he witnessed the lives of a demobbed generation who were …
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Owl Sense, by Miriam Darlington

‘Her softness took my breath away. Deadly beauty. She turned her face towards me. There is a narrow area that falls between pleasing and preposterous, and this owl’s circular face and bright yellow eyes fitted into it with perfect grace…’ Owls have captivated the human imagination for millennia. We have fixated on this night hunter as predator, messenger, emblem of wisdom or portent of doom. In  …
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Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, by Jon McGregor

A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AN FT BOOK OF THE YEAR A TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss. Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of Engla …
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The Fish Ladder, by Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the beauty of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine and her nine-year-old daughter Evie decide to follow a river from the sea to its source. But a chance circumstance forces Katharine to the door of th …
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The Secret Life of Cows, by Rosamund Young

****A Sunday Times bestseller*** ***A Times Book of the Year 2017*** WITH A FOREWORD BY ALAN BENNETT ‘A lovely, thoughtful little book about the intelligence of cows.’ James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd’s Life Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow’s day is spent eating, they always f …
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The Wild Other by Clover Stroud

The Wild Other, by Clover Stroud

Clover Stroud’s idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged. Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia’s war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England’s ly …
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The Wood, by John Lewis-Stempel

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER by ‘Indisputably, one of the best nature-writers of his generation’ (Country Life) BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’  Written in diary format, The Wood is the story of English woodlands as they change with the seasons. Lyrical and informative, steeped in poetry and folklore, The Wood inhabits the mind and touches the soul. For four years John Lewis-Stempel managed Cockshut …
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