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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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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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13 May 2019

No day wasted: an interview with Churchill's biographers


Published: 13 May 2019

Although many books have been published on the life and work of Sir Winston Churchill, few have looked at him through the prism of the house he occupied for over 40 years – Chartwell in Kent. In the new National Trust book, ‘Churchill: An Extraordinary Life’, Sarah Gristwood and Margaret Gaskin do just that. We caught up with the authors to find out a bit more about their impressions of the ...

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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.