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ISBN: 9780857042460
AUTHOR: John Bailey
Somerset - Exploring the Summerland
Somerset - Exploring the Summerland
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Extending for almost 70 miles from County Gate on the western border with Devon to Farleigh Hungerford in the east, the beautiful county of Somerset is unparalleled anywhere in Britain for its varied landscape.

The uplands of Exmoor and the hinterland of the Bristol Channel contrast significantly with the Somerset Levels and the Blackdown and Mendip Hills, the latter forming a natural border to the north of the county. Somerset is dotted with small hamlets, villages and a scattering of larger areas of habitation. Inland are a myriad of ancient monuments, historic relics and the delightfully restored West Someset Railway, once again providing a steam passenger service used by both locals and visitors.

The book offers a wonderful glimpse of the coastal regions, moorlands, hills and idyllic countryside uncovering numerous delights along the way. Setting out from where Exmoor meets the sea, the coastline runs for over 40 miles to Brean Down north of Burnham-on-Sea.

East of Exmoor are the more gentle uplands of the Quantock Hills with delightful hidden hamlets and a rich literary past before we reach the historic county town of Taunton.

To the south the landscape rises once more with the Blackdown Hills running parallel with the Devon border, a land where ancient monuments and historic houses can be found amid fantastic pastoral scenery. Heading north the Somerset Levels and Moors cover some 250 square miles, some below sea level, providing a unique landscape in stark contrast to the rolling uplands. Encircled by the Levels is the mystical Isle of Avalon with the spiritual town of Glastonbury at its heart.

The impenetrable Mendip Hills, a bastion of the Roman Empire, were traversed by the Somerset & Dorset Railway in the nineteenth century. The Mendip Hills boast a wealth of attractions including the world famous Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and are home to Wells, the smallest city in England.

All this and more is explored by John Bailey, who reveals this fascinating county through an informed text and more than 200 glorious images so that the reader can truly discover Somerset afresh.

John Bailey began taking photographs over 35 years ago. His first book was published in 2009 and since then he has written and photographed several landscape studies of places as diverse as the Isle of Skye, and the Mendip Hills near his home in Somerset. John Bailey also has a deep interest in popular music: his pictorial celebration of the Glastonbury Festival was published by Halsgrove in 2013. This is his sixth book.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 246 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published October 2014.

The 2014 Somerset FloodsThe 2014 Somerset Floods - £14.99
This book Laura Zaky & Jason Bryant is a unique portrayal not only of the floods themselves but of the rising tide of devastation that swept over the hitherto green fields of Somerset and tireless behind-the-scenes efforts made to bring aid and succour to embattled communities.
Bats & BeltersBats & Belters - £12.99
This riotous novel by a doyen amongst West Country cricket writers Charles Wood will delight all lovers of the glorious summer game. A hunky punk calamity with the Belters, the village cricket team of hapless eccentrics, undeterred despite tribulations.
GlastonburyGlastonbury - £16.99
Through stories, reminiscences and photographs this book by John Bailey with a foreword by Michael Eavis traces the festival’s history from it’s origins in 1970 when it attracted just 1500 people, through the turbulent years of riots, fence-hopping and anarchy, up to the present day.
Another Somerset CenturyAnother Somerset Century - £12.99
CHARLES WOOD TURNS HIS EVER IDIOSYNCRATIC ATTENTION TO SOMERSET CRICKET IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY. This book is not fodder for the faint-hearted supporter. Here nightmares are revisited, so too the odd scandal. But it’s not all tears, doldrums and tabloids. Far from it. Never has 'The Blackbird' been sung more lustily, or, indeed, emotionally.
More Shocking Somerset StoriesMore Shocking Somerset Stories - £7.95
Jack Sweet is back with yet more tragic tales - A Horrid Murder in Bath, The Deadly Bellows Maker, The Shocking Death of Sergeant Denty - you get the idea. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Charles Wood's Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
Drawing from the small print of history and personal experience Charles Wood teases and warms hearts in this entertaining Somerset Quiz Book. This is an ideal companion for goggle-eyed grockles and inquisitive settlers wondering what they have let them-selves in for – and a useful refresher for natives whose history, geography and just about everything else leans toward ciderous befuddlement. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
A Somerset MiscellanyA Somerset Miscellany - £8.99
This is a fascinating cornucopia, assembled with Robert Dunning customary erudition, skill and lightness of touch; lovers of the county will find a feast of delights. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Surviving Another Somerset YearSurviving Another Somerset Year - £12.99
In this sequel to his bestseller, How to Survive in Somerset, Charles Wood ‘desnuglifies’ himself from beneath a Wiveliscombe duvet to rediscover that beyond his warped blue front door the English county he loves is still alive and kicking. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
How to Survive in SomersetHow to Survive in Somerset - £12.99
A blend of the satirical and the poignant, this is book for the long suffering local, the goggle-eyed grockle, the filmstar bearing guns, the well-heeled city type seeking rustic charm, or merely the inquisitive intrigued by ‘How to Survive in Somerset’. By Charles Wood. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Charles Wood's Second Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Second Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
After the happy head scratching over his Somerset Quiz Book, and by public demand, it’s high time for Charles Wood to become quizzical again and do his level best to tease and entertain once more in this Somerset Quiz Book Mark 2.
Lighthouses of the South WestLighthouses of the South West - £14.99
This book is a definitive tour by Robin Jones of the lighthouses ancient and modern along the coast from Avonmouth around Land’s End to Swanage and, for completeness, includes lightships and also the major daymarks. Heavily illustrated, it is a fascinating guide which can be enjoyed on the ground – or in the comfort of the armchair!
Bats Pads & CiderBats Pads & Cider - £12.99
Compiled during the vintage season of 2010, here are vaulted stories and little histories of cricketing characters both famous and, perhaps, not so much, to charm and to wince at between innings, dredged from a cricket mad soggy county that the author, Charles Wood, loves to his apple core. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Bats Pads & Cider (pdf e-book)Bats Pads & Cider (pdf e-book) - £12.99
Compiled during the vintage season of 2010, here are vaulted stories and little histories of cricketing characters both famous and, perhaps, not so much, to charm and to wince at between innings, dredged from a cricket mad soggy county that the author, Charles Wood, loves to his apple core.
A Boot Up BathA Boot Up Bath - £4.99
This small-format guidebook by the doyen of Somerset walking, Rodney Legg, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to Bath and its hinterland.
Portrait of the Somerset CoastPortrait of the Somerset Coast - £14.99
Neville Stanikk's rambling journey from Lynmouth (in Devon, but only just) to Bristol docks, told in more than 140 stunning photographs representing his discovery of an ever-changing landscape filled not just with seaside towns but with history and mysticism; picturesque villages and hills; castles, towers and ancient buildings.
A Boot Up the Somerset LevelsA Boot Up the Somerset Levels - £4.99
Halsgrove’s small format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Somerset Levels.
The West Somerset Railway RevisitedThe West Somerset Railway Revisited - £16.99
This volume aims to show the West Somerset Railway at its best, running through the wonderful countryside and coast that surrounds it. All of the superb images by Don Bishop were taken between 2004 and 2009 and so show the line in its most recent form and at its very best.
James Date's West SomersetJames Date's West Somerset - £19.95
Over 300 images dating from the early days of photography give an incredible insight into Victorian Exmoor.
A Boot Up The MendipsA Boot Up The Mendips - £4.99
One thousand-feet high, the Mendip Hills rise between the Somerset Levels and Bristol’s countryside. These ten walks selected by Rodney Legg, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area.
A Boot Up the QuantocksA Boot Up the Quantocks - £4.99
Writer and photographer Brian Pearce describes ten circular walks. All are ‘leisure walks’ – ideal for families and groups of friends, moderate in both length and difficulty and with opportunities to stop for refreshments, take in the views and, like the poets, be inspired by the scenery.
A History of SomersetA History of Somerset - £14.95
THE book of the subject by the acknowledged expert Robert Dunning - which the writer Alexander Waugh, a Somerset man, declared essential reading should he be consigned to a desert island. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
The West Somerset RailwayThe West Somerset Railway - £12.99
Don Bishop has captured the line working through all the seasons over some 15 plus years with a particular emphasis on ‘steam in the landscape’ photographs showing the railway going about its business with the wonderful varied landscape around it.
Blame it on the VicarBlame it on the Vicar - £8.99
Villainous vicars, parsimonious parsons, misbehaving monks, riotous rectors and precocious priests all contribute to this rich collection of ‘holy’ appropriate tales of old Somerset by Roger Evans.
Portrait of the Quantock HillsPortrait of the Quantock Hills - £14.99
This collection of over 140 superbly composed photographs by Caig Hutchings depicts one of England’s little gems. Although recognized nationally for its natural beauty, never before has such a varied and intimate portrait of the hills been assembled.
Portrait of SkyePortrait of Skye - £14.99
On Skye it is said that you can experience all four seasons in one day, providing an ever varied landscape. Through this volume of more than 140 glorious full-colour photographs, John Bailey shows that with its clear air and constantly changing light, combined with magnificent scenery, Skye is an earthly paradise.
Web Price: £16.99
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