Not quite nature writing, travelogues, or cultural history, but containing elements of all three (and possibly fiction!), these titles belong to a genre that has yet to find a settled name, but contains some of the most interesting contemporary writing.
Richard Morris£10.99 £10.22
Reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosities, this ramble through the Ridings moves seamlessly from family history to geology, from the internment of Conscientious Objectors to C16th rebellions, from Robin Hood to Amy Johnson. Even the most ardent student of Yorkshire history will find something new here.
Peter Davidson£9.94 £9.24
'There is a north in the mind where the white wind blows, where the white ones live....The north where one goes in fear, the north that the compass cannot find, the north that is the cold and implacable truth from which one doesn't always return.' Russell Hoban from 'The Moment under The Moment'
Rob Cowen£9.99 £9.29
It's badged as nature writing, but this is so much more. Cowan's development of an intimate relationship with his local patch of edgeland leads him to channel what can only be described as 'spirits of place'. Who would have thought you could enter England's Dreaming on the outskirts of Harrogate?
Benjamin Myers£9.99 £9.29
While he was writing 'The Gallows Pole', Myers estimates he walked about a thousand miles around his home in Mytholmroyd. The profound connection with landscape evident in the novel is expanded on in this book, which weaves together apparently disparate strands to create a unique tapestry depicting the landscape that so influenced Ted Hughes, whose presence looms over the book as Scout Rock looms over his birthplace.
Gareth E. Rees£14.99 £13.94
An engaging journey through the seemingly mundane places where the folklore of the 21st century is being generated. From pylons to car parks, Rees shows how the locations we take for granted can be as freighted with meaning as any 'heritage' site.
David Seabrook£10.00 £9.30
From the decaying resorts of Kent comes this dark and mysterious one of a kind work. If there's such a thing as outsider literature, Seabrook qualifies. Haunting and mesmerising connections between Carry On stars, Mosleyites, and murders, taking in Edwin Drood and The 39 Steps.