Nature Book Club: The Big List

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The eighth and ninth  #NatureBookClubs saw many recommendations and lots of discussion about nature books. The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2020 by Lia Leendertz continues to crop up lots, and I suspect it will do well in nature book prizes this year.

I used it to help research this article on celebrating January and am also using it to plan my year, celebrating all the months, seasons, solstices and equinoxes.

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. Chris Thorogood, Steve Backshall, Jackie Morris, Robert MacFarlane, Patrick Barkham, John Lewis Stempel and numerous others feature every week. However, I’ve obviously only included each book once.

Here are the 175 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 Ansell
  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 Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall
  12. Wildlife Adventurer’s Guide 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. A Year in the Garden by Beth Chatto.
  32. Clare’s Countryside by John Clare
  33. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  34. Common Ground by Rob Cowen
  35. Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
  36. The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley
  37. Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
  38. How to Be More Tree: Essential Life Lessons for Perennial Happiness by Annie Davidson.
  39. On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin illustrated by Sabina Radeva
  40. The Storm Whale by Benji_Davies
  41. My Garden and Other Animals by Mike Dilger
  42. Orchid Summer by Jon Dunn
  43. My Family and Other Animals by Gerard Durrell
  44. Badgered to Death by Tom Dyer
  45. Butterflies by EB Ford
  46. The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler
  47. Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler
  48. What a Waste by Jess French
  49. How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear by Jess French
  50. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  51. So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? series by Ben Garrod
  52. Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert
  53. Through a Window by Jane Goodall
  54. Wild Signs and Star Paths by Tristan Gooley
  55. Go Wild! Over 200 Ways to Connect With Nature by Emily Goss
  56. Garden Jungle by Dave Goulson
  57. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  58. Tidy by Emily Gravett
  59. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  60. Halcyon River Diaries by Charlie Hamilton James
  61. Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill
  62. The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill
  63. Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones
  64. Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness
  65. The Seasons anthologies edited by Melissa Harrison
  66. The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare
  67. Complete James Herriott
  68. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.
  69. Thinking on my Feet by Kate Humble
  70. British Wildflowers in Their Natural Haunts by Horwood
  71. Dancing With Bees by Brigit Strawbridge Howard
  72. Death on Earth by Jules Howard
  73. Badgers to Nighthawks: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger by
  74. Findings by Kathleen Jamie
  75. Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
  76. Seedbombs for Bees by Josie Jeffrey
  77. A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes
  78. Seven Worlds One Planet by Jonny Keeling
  79. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  80. The Almanac by Lia Leendertz
  81. Butterflies of Britain and Ireland by Richard Lewington
  82. Pocket Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland by Richard Lewington
  83. Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
  84. The Outrun by Amy Liptrott
  85. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  86. The Bluebird by Maurice Maeterlinck
  87. The Life of the Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck
  88. A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta
  89. Lips too Chilled by Matsuo Bashō
  90. The Outrun by Amy May
  91. Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell.
  92. Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
  93. Underland by Robert McFarlane
  94. Landmarks by Robert McFarlane
  95. The Old Ways by Robert McFarlane
  96. The Wild Places by Robert McFarlane
  97. 365 Days Wild by Lucy McRobert
  98. The Wild Remedy by Emma Mitchell
  99. Making Winter: A Creative Guide for Surviving the Winter Months by Emma Mitchell
  100. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  101. Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  102. The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse
  103. News From Nowhere by William Morris
  104. The Sundering Flood by William Morris
  105. The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert McFarlane
  106. Feral by George Monbiot
  107. Winter Sleep by Alex Morss and Sean Taylor
  108. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds by
  109. The Twelve Birds of Christmas by Stephen Moss
  110. The Great British Year: Wildlife Through the Seasons by Stephen Moss.
  111. Camping by the Waterside by Stephen Neale
  112. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
  113. Back Garden Nature Reserve by Chris Packham
  114. Wild Side of Town by Chris Packham
  115. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian
  116. Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation by George E. Pearce
  117. National Trust: 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 by Tom Percival.

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

  120. Outpost by Dan Richards
  121. Between Pacific Tides by Ed Ricketts
  122. A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter
  123. The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose
  124. The Lorax by Dr Seuess
  125. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  126. The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
  127. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  128. Think Like a Tree by Sarah Spence
  129. Edward Thomas: A Miscellany by Anna Stemming.
  130. The Wood by John Lewis Stempel
  131. Running Hare by John Lewis Stempel
  132. Still Water by John Lewis Stempel
  133. Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
  134. Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel
  135. Journeys in the Wild by Gavin Thurston
  136. Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
  137. The Queen of Speckled Wood by SW Teal
  138. Saviour of Speckled Wood by SW Teal

  139. Moon by Britta Teckentrup
  140. A Miscellany by Edward Thomas
  141. The Tropical Hothouse by Chris Thorogood
  142. Curious Creatures on Our Shores by Chris Thorogood
  143. Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood
  144. Perfectly Peculiar Plants by Chris Thorogood
  145. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  146. Journey into the Wild: The Secret Life a Cameraman by Gavin Thurston
  147. A Field Guide in Colour to Plants and Animals by Jan Toman and Jiri Felix, illustrated by Kvetoslav Hisek
  148. Extreme Adventures by Andy Torbet
  149. Wilding by Isabella Tree
  150. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  151. Of Cats and Elfins by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
  152. The Beauty in the Beast by Hugh Warwick
  153. All books by Terri Windling
  154. Get Your Boots on by Alex White
  155. The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben
  156. Wonderland by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss
  157. Natural History of Selbourne by Gilbert White
  158. Arthropoda Iconicus Volume I: Insects From A Far Away Galaxy by Richard Wilkinson.
  159. Masquerade by Kit Williams
  160. Conundrum by Kit Williams
  161. Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
  162. A Tour in Scotland by Dorothy Wordsworth
  163. Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham
  164. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  165. Poems by WB Yeats
  166. The Street Beneath My Feet by Yuval Zommer
  167. The Big Book of Blue by Yuval Zommer
  168. Observer Book of Birds
  169. Ladybird Book of Birds
  170. I Spy books
  171. The RSPB Pocket Guide to Birds
  172. The British Wildlife Photography Awards books.
  173. Bloomsbury Wildlife Field guides.
  174. The Kew Gardens Beautiful Gardens Dot-to-Dot Book
  175. Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

People also shared #shelfie pics showing the diversity of nature books available.

Join in with Nature Book Club next Sunday and share your favourite nature books. It was 6-7pm but is now 8-9pm as this is easier for more people.

If you’re a nature writer or illustrator, please 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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