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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.

Looking for inspiration? We have guidebooks brimming with ideas for your next visit, children's books to inspire kids to explore the outdoors and many more. Whether you're 8 or 80, we think you'll find something to enjoy.

We’ve started this blog to bring you extracts from the latest books, posts from authors and updates on when to expect the latest publications.

You can find our books in National Trust shops, our online shop and all good bookshops. Every book you buy helps us protect special places.

Latest posts

30 May 18

Meet presenter and author Jules Hudson this summer

'I saw my first walled kitchen garden nearly 30 years ago,' says Jules Hudson. 'It was small, ruinous and unkempt, and was attached to a small farmhouse in North Wales.

'Since that time I’ve developed a growing fascination for walled gardens, captivated by what I’ve long felt to be a curious contradiction. Walk into a vibrant and hard-working kitchen garden today and you’ll be overwhelmed by the riot of colour and produce that stretches in every direction. Order and functionality underwrite this picture of beds and borders bursting with life – and yet, for all that sense of industry, they have always struck me as places that wrap you up in a comforting sense of calm.'

In his new book, new book, Walled Gardens, BBC presenter Jules Hudson explores these fascinating spaces within the National Trust. This June, he will also be signing copies at Barrington Court, Somerset (13 June), Blickling, Norfolk (6 June), and Knightshayes, Devon (14 June). Come along to meet him and experience these properties' stunning and fascinating Walled Gardens for yourself. We look forward to seeing you there.

Jules Hudson's book about the walled gardens of the National Trust

12 Apr 18

From tigers to fairy tales: children's book events in 2018

Question: Where can you find Pip and Posy, Shaun the Sheep, and Claude the dog all under one roof?

Answer: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, from 23-4 June, when the Children's Book Festival returns. Join Philip Ardagh as he shares the secrets of life as a medieval knight in training and Victorian maid, learn how to make your very own Gromit with Aardman Animations, join Tom Percival on an adventure to magical Tale Town, and much more. Book your tickets now.

But that's not all we have in store for our younger bookworms. This year also sees the launch of a fantastic new touring exhibition celebrating Judith Kerr's 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. It kicks off at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in July and will be heading all over the country until early 2020. Find out when it will be near you.

We can't wait to welcome you to an event soon.

Judith Kerr next to the 'Tiger Who Came to Tea'

14 Dec 17

Our Christmas gift guide

The decorations and tree have once again arrived in the office and it's even been snowing - Christmas is most definitely upon us.

But are you struggling to think of a special gift for that certain someone? (Funnily enough) We reckon National Trust books make perfect presents, and we've got something for pretty much everyone - so in our latest blog post we've put together some highlights to help you decide and bring a smile to someone's face on Christmas morning.

Whether you choose a book from us or not, thank you for reading our blog this year; we've loved sharing our books with you. From all the National Trust publishing team, we hope you have a lovely festive season and that 2018 brings you many more fantastic reads. We can't wait to share what we've got in store with you!

Christmas books