Nature Book Club: The Big List

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The seventh #NatureBookClub was the busiest yet, with many recommendations and lots of discussion about nature books. The book of the moment is clearly the Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2020 by Lia Leendertz. It cropped up several times, and was unsurprisingly popular with everyone who received it as it looks beautiful, includes lovely illustrations and is packed with useful information. I’ll review it soon, so that you can see more of its loveliness.

The Nature Book Club list is growing every week, so I’m updating The Big List after each Nature Book Club. Predictably, the same names crop up frequently. Jackie Morris, Robert MacFarlane, John Lewis Stempel and numerous others feature every week. However, I’ve obviously only included each book once.

Here are the 160 books that have been recommended to date during Nature Book Club. I’ve included links from the author’s names to their Twitter accounts where possible. (It took ages to find them all so please click on the links and follow writers you like. Better yet, write nice things about their work and tag them – then add a review to Amazon to make your favourite author smile).

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. The Shark and the Albatross by John Aitchison.
  3. My Name is Mina by David Almond
  4. The Last Wilderness: A Journey Into Silence by Neil Ansel
  5. Deep Country by Neil Ansell
  6. The Moor by William Atkins
  7. Adventures of a Young Naturalist by David Attenborough
  8. Life on Earth by by David Attenborough
  9. Zoo Quest by David Attenborough
  10. Amazing Rare Things by by David Attenborough
  11. The Last
  12. Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall
  13. Pam the Peacock Butterfly by Nicola and Rebecca Bailey
  14. Pat the Caterpillar by Nicola and Rebecca Bailey
  15. Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
  16. Being a Beast by Charles Foster
  17. Food You Can Forage by Tiffany Francis Baker
  18. Nature Teacher’s Handbook by Nick Baker
  19. Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham
  20. Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed by Simon Barnes
  21. Rewild Yourself by Simon Barnes
  22. There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee
  23. Little Grey Men by BB
  24. The Nature Lover’s Book by Enid Blyton
  25. The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury
  26. Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything by Kate Bradbury
  27. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  28. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  29. All Rivers Run Free by Natasha Carthew
  30. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey
  31. Clare’s Countryside by John Clare
  32. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  33. Common Ground by Rob Cowen
  34. Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
  35. The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley
  36. Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
  37. On the Origin of the species by Charles Darwin illustrated by Sabina Radeva
  38. My Garden and Other Animals by Mike Dilger
  39. Orchid Summer by Jon Dunn
  40. My Family and Other Animals by Gerard Durrell
  41. Badgered to Death by Tom Dyer
  42. Butterflies by EB Ford
  43. The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler
  44. Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler
  45. What a Waste by Jess French
  46. How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear by Jess French
  47. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  48. So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? series by Ben Garrod
  49. Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert
  50. Through a Window by Jane Goodall
  51. Wild Signs and Star Paths by Tristan Gooley
  52. Go Wild! Over 200 Ways to Connect With Nature by Emily Goss
  53. Garden Jungle by Dave Goulson
  54. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  55. Tidy by Emily Gravett
  56. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  57. Halcyon River Diaries by Charlie Hamilton James
  58. Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill
  59. Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones
  60. Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness
  61. The Seasons anthologies edited by Melissa Harrison
  62. The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare
  63. Complete James Herriott
  64. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.
  65. Thinking on my Feet by Kate Humble
  66. British Wildflowers in Their Natural Haunts by Horwood
  67. Dancing With Bees by Brigit Strawbridge Howard
  68. Death on Earth by Jules Howard
  69. Badgers to Nighthawks: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger by
  70. Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  71. Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
  72. Seedbombs for Bees by Josie Jeffrey
  73. A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes
  74. Seven Worlds One Planet by Jonny Keeling
  75. The Almanac by Lia Leendertz
  76. Butterflies of Britain and Ireland Richard Lewington
  77. Pocket Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland by Richard Lewington
  78. Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
  79. The Outrun by Amy Liptrott
  80. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  81. The Bluebird by Maurice Maeterlinck
  82. A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta
  83. Lips too Chilled by Matsuo Bashō
  84. The Outrun by Amy May
  85. Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell.
  86. Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
  87. Underland by Robert McFarlane
  88. Landmarks by Robert McFarlane
  89. The Old Ways by Robert McFarlane
  90. The Wild Places by Robert McFarlane
  91. 365 Days Wild by Lucy McRobert
  92. The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell
  93. Making Winter: A Creative Guide for Surviving the Winter Months by Emma Mitchell
  94. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  95. Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  96. The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse
  97. News From Nowhere by William Morris
  98. The Sundering Flood by William Morris
  99. The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert McFarlane
  100. Feral by George Monbiot
  101. Winter Sleep by Alex Morss and Sean Taylor
  102. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds by
  103. The Twelve Birds of Christmas by Stephen Moss
  104. The Great British Year: Wildlife Through the Seasons by Stephen Moss.
  105. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
  106. Back Garden Nature Reserve by Chris Packham
  107. Wild Side of Town by Chris Packham
  108. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian
  109. Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation by George E. Pearce
  110. National Trust: 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 by Tom Percival.

  111. Complete Works of Beatrix Potter
  112. I Am The Seed That Grew the Tree by Frann Preston Gannon.

  113. Outpost by Dan Richards
  114. A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter
  115. The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose
  116. The Lorax by Dr Seuess
  117. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  118. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  119. Think Like a Tree by Sarah Spence
  120. Edward Thomas: A Miscellany by Anna Stemming.
  121. The Wood by John Lewis Stempel
  122. Running Hare by John Lewis Stempel
  123. Still Water by John Lewis Stempel
  124. Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
  125. Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel
  126. Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
  127. The Queen of Speckled Wood by SW Teal
  128. Saviour of Speckled Wood by SW Teal

  129. A Miscellany by Edward Thomas
  130. The Tropical Hothouse by Chris Thorogood
  131. Curioua Creatures on Our Shores by Chris Thorogood
  132. Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood
  133. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  134. Journey into the Wild: The Secret Life a Cameraman by Gavin Thurston
  135. A Field Guide in Colour to Plants and Animals by Jan Toman and Jiri Felix, illustrated by Kvetoslav Hisek
  136. Wilding by Isabella Tree
  137. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  138. The Beauty in the Beast by Hugh Warwick
  139. Anything by Terri Windling
  140. Get Your Boots on by Alex White
  141. The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben
  142. Wonderland by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss
  143. Natural History of Selbourne by Gilbert White
  144. Arthropoda Iconicus Volume I: Insects From A Far Away Galaxy by Richard Wilkinson.
  145. Masquerade by Kit Williams
  146. Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
  147. A Tour in Scotland by Dorothy Wordsworth
  148. Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham
  149. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  150. Poems by WB Yeats
  151. The Street Beneath My Feet by Yuval Zommer
  152. The Big Book of Blue by Yuval Zommer
  153. Observer Book of Birds
  154. Ladybird Book of Birds
  155. I Spy books
  156. The RSPB Pocket Guide to Birds
  157. The British Wildlife Photography Awards books.
  158. Bloomsbury Wildlife Field guides.
  159. The Kew Gardens Beautiful Gardens Dot-to-Dot Book
  160. Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Join in with Nature Book Club next Sunday 6-7pm and share your favourite nature books.

If you’re a nature writer or illustrator, share extracts and illustrations from your books – and contact me via Twitter if you’d like to run a competition. I also post next week’s questions on my Twitter account, GrowEatGift. 

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