Merlin Unwin Books (35)

The Herbalist's Bible

ISBN: 9781906122515

Author: Julie Bruton-Seal    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567–1650) was a master apothecary, herbalist and gardener. Famous in his own lifetime for his influential books,...


Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567–1650) was a master apothecary, herbalist and gardener. Famous in his own lifetime for his influential books, his magnum opus was published in 1640, the Theatrum Botanicum, which ran to 1,788 large pages. The sheer scope and size was perhaps to prove the book’s downfall because, while it was much revered and indeed plagiarized, it was never reprinted and now has the status of an extremely valuable rare book. Parkinson was writing at a time when Western herbalism was at its zenith, and his skills as a plantsman combined perfectly with his passion for science, observation and historical scholarship. In this editor’s selection, Julie and Matthew have printed Parkinson’s clear and lively description of a chosen plant’s ‘vertues’ or healing properties, adding their own modern commentary and a contemporary take on his almost-forgotten herbal recipes. Busy herbalists, historians and gardeners will welcome this restoration and sensitive highlighting of Parkinson’s huge lost classic.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 245 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2014


$69.99
How to Flyfish for newcomer to improver

ISBN: 9781906122638

Author: John Symonds    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

In this clear and attractive book are all the essential skills you need to be a competent all-round flyfisher. With John Symonds you will learn how to fish for ...


In this clear and attractive book are all the essential skills you need to be a competent all-round flyfisher. With John Symonds you will learn how to fish for trout and salmon in stillwaters from both bank and boat; in rivers; dry fly and wet fly. You will know how to tie reliable and easy knots, to construct the right leaders, learn where the fish are most likely to lie, how to cast to them and which flies to use. How to Flyfish will bring you up-to-date with all the latest on leader construction and knots, boat control with the paradrogue, traditional nymphing methods to the popular tenkara style. Packed with useful tips and clear diagrams.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 189 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 01-08-2014


$29.99
Much Ado About Mutton

ISBN: 9781906122614

Author: Bob Kennard    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Mutton once took pride of place on every dining table up and down the country. It was the nation’s favourite dish. It fed us all, from peasant to King. Whatev...


Mutton once took pride of place on every dining table up and down the country. It was the nation’s favourite dish. It fed us all, from peasant to King. Whatever happened to it? Bob Kennard explains the decline of this nutritious and lucrative commodity which once made men rich and kept them healthy. But more importantly, he explains why mutton is now poised to make a come-back. Its extraordinary health and environmental benefits are at last being recognised. In Much Ado About Mutton, the author includes all the latest information: • Where to buy mutton today • What to look for in a cut of mutton • Modern and traditional mutton recipes • Appraisal of the best mutton breeds • Directory of UK sheep breeds • Mutton farming around the world • Mutton in literature • Braxy ham, salt marsh mutton, reestit mutton • Mutton’s benefits to the environment • New findings: mutton as a super-meat? Foreword by HRH Prince of Wales


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 189 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2014


$59.99
Training Your Puppy

ISBN: 9781906122829

Author: Fiona Baird    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Follow these simple instructions and your puppy should develop into a delightful, obedient and devoted member of your family. He will bring you great companions...


Follow these simple instructions and your puppy should develop into a delightful, obedient and devoted member of your family. He will bring you great companionship and happiness for many years to come. There are many puppy-training books available today, but none so clear and coherent as this one. There is a strong logic to Fiona Baird's method which gives confidence to both owner and puppy. She makes training fun, simple and very straightforward. Fiona Baird has trained countless puppies professionally, and has many devoted clients. She is truly is the Mary Poppins of puppy training.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 136


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 31-03-2015


$29.99
Megan Boyd : The Story of a Salmon Flydresser

ISBN: 9781910723241

Author: Derek Mills & Jimmy Younger    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Megan Boyd is considered to be one of the world's finest salmon fly tyers and she is the subject of the US film 'Kiss the Water'. She was born in 1915, and was ...


Megan Boyd is considered to be one of the world's finest salmon fly tyers and she is the subject of the US film 'Kiss the Water'. She was born in 1915, and was bought up in the Highlands of Scotland where her father was a bailiff on the River Brora. She began taking flytying lessons at the age of twelve and soon gained a reputation for tying beautiful feather-wing flies which were extra-ordinarily durable and lasted many seasons. In 1935, at the age of twenty, Megan left home and moved into a small cottage near Brora where she lived without electricity or running water until the 1980s. Visiting anglers from all over the world who came to fish the Highland rivers for salmon would stop by her cottage to watch her tie flies and place orders.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 128


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2016


$59.99
The Flood : Surviving The Deluge

ISBN: 9781910723203

Author: Michael Brown    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

What is it like to experience a flood? The answers that Michael Brown comes up with are surprising. His house was underwater for several weeks during the inunda...


What is it like to experience a flood? The answers that Michael Brown comes up with are surprising. His house was underwater for several weeks during the inundation of the Somerset Levels. He decided to stay on through it, and he was amazed at the ensuing chain of events as he, along with his local community, first fought the water, pumping and sweeping and panicking – then came acceptance of the inevitable defeat, and finally there came an unexpected wealth of emotions as the waters – and the locals – had to settle into a strange and ultimately rewarding state of marooned calm. This well-written series of highlights of Michael’s diary are very real: the account is funny, observant, honest and unpredictable.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2016


$45.00
Hammer Guns in Theory and Practice

ISBN: 9781910723258

Author: Diggory Hadoke    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

In terms of classic firearms, the Hammer gun is a relatively primitive, totally hand-built, unique, supremely elegant and satisfying work of art; but it also ha...


In terms of classic firearms, the Hammer gun is a relatively primitive, totally hand-built, unique, supremely elegant and satisfying work of art; but it also has some genuine advantages over all the expensive modern guns used today. Using hammer guns, explains Diggory, should not be seen as an affectation, for they remain the best guns ever made – and today they are still in many ways better than anything else available, if you apply yourself to their use and ownership in the right way. He writes: I believe that nothing made in the twentieth century compares favourably with the best hammer guns made by the real artisans of the British gun trade: made in the days before celebrity engravers signed their work or CNC machinery standardised every part. What I invariably pick up and take shooting is an 1870s under-lever hammer 12-bore.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 216 x 276 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2016


$89.99
Wayside Medicine

ISBN: 9781910723357

Authors: Julie Bruton-Seal, Matthew Seal    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Wayside Medicine is packed with practical information on the use of over 50 native plants as sources of herbal medicine. The countryside abounds with cures whic...


Wayside Medicine is packed with practical information on the use of over 50 native plants as sources of herbal medicine. The countryside abounds with cures which really work and cost a fraction of over-the-counter commercial brands. Have the satisfaction of picking and making your own simple herbal medicine, which has worked for centuries. The authors of Wayside Medicine remind us of a cornucopia of nature’s healing plants which have somehow been forgotten. Here are clear instructions from a renowned professional herbalist on how to make your own remedies: teas, oils, tinctures, poultices and creams. Stunning colour pictures accompany all the plants, as well as a comprehensive index matching health problems to the right herbal cure.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 189 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2017


$45.00
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Fifty Bales of Hay

ISBN: 9781910723302

Author: Roger Evans    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Roger Evans faces each day on his dairy farm in Shropshire with a wonderful mixture of dry humour, sharp observation and a delight in the natural world and the ...


Roger Evans faces each day on his dairy farm in Shropshire with a wonderful mixture of dry humour, sharp observation and a delight in the natural world and the animals around him. This latest book of his popular diary entries takes his fans through the weeks of the past two years and covers his beloved farm dogs, his cattle, his friends at the pub. He struggles through all weather, survives the ups and (mainly) downs facing everyone in the dairy industry and he encounters several unexpected events along the way. Very funny, uplifting and a joy to read.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 02-09-2016


$34.99
Ascension : The Story of a South Atlantic Island

ISBN: 9781910723326

Author: Duff Hart-Davis    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

The bleak, volcanic island of Ascension, 800 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena, was described by a Victorian naval officer as ‘one of the strangest p...


The bleak, volcanic island of Ascension, 800 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena, was described by a Victorian naval officer as ‘one of the strangest places on the face of the earth’. It is still exceedingly odd. Uninhabited when it was taken over by the British in 1815, it was an almost perfect natural vacuum – a triangular heap of lava and ash. When the Royal Marines brought in plants and animals, some flourished, others died. Tropical forest now clothes the peak of Green Mountain, and feral donkeys haunt the plains. As sea birds swarm around the coast, radar stations monitor space from the tops of rust-red cinder cones, and primeval, giant green turtles lumber up the beaches to nest. The island’s history is short but extraordinary.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 05-09-2016


$49.99
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