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Calling all book lovers. Are you into gardening, cookery, nature or history? So are we – so much so that we publish over 50 new books and property guidebooks a year on a huge variety of topics that matter to us and our supporters.

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Whether you're eight or 80, we think you'll find something to enjoy from our books and blog. Our authors, illustrators and in-house publishing team will provide exclusive insights into our books and give you a taste for them – and perhaps even including a sneaky recipe or two. You’ll get to know a bit more about the National Trust's publishing team – what we do, and what we love about our books (warning: content may be slightly biased). And of course, we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news and forthcoming books, too. 

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8 Apr 2020

Create your own mini cottage garden


Published: 8 April 2020

With just a few seeds you can transform a small patch of soil into a mini cottage garden in a matter of weeks. Garden writer and historian, Claire Masset, shares her top tips for creating your own idyllic plot, taken from her new book ‘Cottage Gardens’.

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1 Apr 2020

The power of everyday nature


Published: 1 April 2020

Andy Beer’s formative memories of his childhood are of exploring the insides of overgrown hawthorn hedgerows in search of speckled wood butterflies and sitting on gates listening to yellowhammers. In his new book, ‘Every Day Nature’, he shares the solace he finds in nature with tips of what to look out for every day of the year.

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30 Mar 2020

Blossom on the bough


Published: 30 March 2020

It’s the season of blossom. As the spring sunshine encourages trees to burst into leaf, it’s worth pausing to look at their flowers. Nature writer and author of Britain’s Trees, Jo Woolf, explores the history, literature and folklore of our favourite budding trees.

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3 Feb 2020

Love is a rose


Published: 3 February 2020

Roses and romance have been tied together like a lover’s knot for centuries. This remains true today, especially on Valentine’s Day when around 250 million roses are given worldwide. But where does the tradition come from? And why do we love red roses so much?

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7 Jan 2020

The Three Founders of the National Trust


Published: 7 January 2020

On 12 January 2020, the National Trust turns 125 years old. That’s 125 years looking after natural, historic and beautiful places – 125 years of memories, traditions and stories. To celebrate, we are publishing a new triple biography of our founders.

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12 Dec 2019

The 12 books of Christmas


Published: 12 December 2019

The decorations are up and the jumpers are out. Christmas is just around the corner and the familiar sound of festive tunes becomes the soundtrack to daily life. Here at National Trust Books, we’ve done our own version of a Christmas classic.

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18 Oct 2019

The folklore of Halloween


Published: 18 October 2019

The transition from summer to winter brings with it a kind of pleasant melancholy. Harvest festivals, haunting tales and bonfire displays provide consolation to the end of hazy summer days. Dee Dee Chainey, author of 'A Treasury of British Folklore', explores the history, customs and superstitions surrounding this ephemeral time of year.

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16 Sep 2019

Penning a story about Penrose


Published: 16 September 2019

Award-winning novelist Xan Brooks has re-imagined Loe Pool in a funny and poignant short story 'Savage Lovely Cornish Homes' published collaboratively by Falmouth University and the National Trust. Here Xan talks about Penrose.

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28 Jun 2019

Review: Wardrobe Wisdom by Alicia Healey


Published: 28 June 2019

The summer season is well and truly underway. From Wimbledon to the Royal Caledonian Ball, the summer calendar of quintessentially British sporting and cultural events brings with it the familiar, what-to-wear anxiety.

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10 Jun 2019

Seeking the roses


Published: 10 June 2019

We should probably start by saying that we reckon you'll find something of interest year-round in most Trust gardens; even in winter, frost adds an ethereal sparkle to grass, trees and plants. However, if you're looking for roses then early summer is the time to visit. We asked Claire Masset, author of 'Roses and Rose Gardens', to reveal her top tips for where to see these entrancing flowers ...

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Books blog archive 

Discover more from the National Trust publishing team in a look back at our old Books blog posts.