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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

02 Aug 18

And the winner is...

'The Seabird’s Cry' by Adam Nicolson has today been announced as the winner of the fifth Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which celebrates the best books about nature and UK travel.

'The Seabird’s Cry' is a celebration of the wonders of seabirds, the only creatures at home in the air, on land and on the sea. Chair of judges Julia Bradbury comments: 'I am delighted that The Seabird’s Cry has won the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize; this outstanding book shows you the world through the eyes and lives of ten seabirds. Adam’s telling of the captivating stories and lives of these birds alongside insightful research is magnetic. You’ll wail aloud as you learn about their plummeting numbers and the wider implications of this tragedy.'

Find out more about the winner, the Wainwright Prize and the other brilliant books on the shortlist.

Copy of The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicholson

27 Jun 18

Go behind the scenes with Alan Titchmarsh

Tonight Alan Titchmarsh and 'Secrets of the National Trust' returns to our screens. In the first of six new episodes, which airs at 9pm on Channel 5, Alan heads to Erddig in Wrexham to find out all about the fascinating Yorke family.

Other places he'll be visiting this series include Shugborough in Staffordshire, Mount Stewart in County Down and Tyntesfield, North Somerset. Find out more about where he'll be travelling and the exciting stories he'll be uncovering.

Want something to tide you over between episodes? Check out our accompanying book, 'The National Trust Tour of Britain', with an introduction by Alan himself. And we've also got an extract from the book, on the Trust's hidden treasures, to whet your appetite: read it here.

The National Trust Tour of Britain with Alan Titchmarsh book cover

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