H.V. Morton, Jan Morris (Introduction)
In Search of England
The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton’s ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations.
The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way
An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson’s wry wit.
The British Isles, A History of Four Nations
The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney’s elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish.
Eyewitness Guide Great Britain
With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions.
Michelin Travel Publications
British Isles Map, Great Britain and Ireland
A colorful and accurate map of both Great Britain and Ireland, at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
An accordion folded, pocket-size, laminated travel map of Edinburgh at a walking scale of 1:12,000.
Eyewitness Guide London
This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city’s attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
Fodor’s London’s 25 Best
This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
A Traveller’s History of London
The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler.
The Story of England
Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neo-lithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It
Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of those who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest cities.
101 Beautiful Small Towns Britain
A lavishly illustrated and informative tour of Britain’s beautiful and historic towns.
Hill captures the enduring mystery and allure of Stonehenge in this witty meditation on the myth and meaning of the most famous prehistoric site in all Europe.
Jane Austen in Bath, Walking Tours of the Writer’s City
The city of Bath provided the inspiration and the setting for Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. This beautifully illustrated guide leads the reader through the places frequented by Austen and her fictional characters.
A Writer’s House in Wales
In this extended essay, Morris uses her much-loved 18th-century house as a point of departure for a meditation on Welsh identity.
Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles
Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
James S. Shapiro
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599
A dramatic tale of a pivotal year in English history, the life of the bard and the Globe Theater, resulting in Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most likely, Hamlet.
Kingdom by the Sea
This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler’s tale.
The Wild Places
MacFarlane climbs, walks and swims by day and spends his nights sleeping on cliff-tops and in ancient meadows and wildwoods in this marvelous exploration of the nature of the British Isles.
Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
The Portable Romantic Poets
This is the anthology to take along on a trip to Italy’s Cinque Terra, England’s Lake District or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).
National Geographic the British World, An Illustrated Atlas
Featuring more than 95 new National Geographic maps, photos, literary highlights and quotes, this reference book is a resplendent tribute to Britain’s history.