The Nature Book Porn: An Oral History Dungeness: Coastal Architecture Fifth Quarter
Pharmacopoeia: A Dungeness Notebook Boy Parts: From the author of PENANCE Children of Paradise: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2023 Woman, Eating: 'Absolutely brilliant - Kohda takes the vampire trope and makes it her own' Ruth Ozeki
Gaia and Philosophy Kneelers: The Unsung Folk Art of England and Wales This Pleasant Land: New British Landscape Photography Fly-Fishing
Juggling Raving BBC Radiophonic Workshop's BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective Weird Walk: Wanderings and Wonderings through the British Ritual Year

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The Nature Book

The Nature Book

Tom Comitta

£12.99 £12.34

One of the most unusual, eerie and simply beautiful books that has come out in a long time! The Nature Book weaves a vision of a depopulated (unpopulated?) world, a world without humans, and, in doing so addresses head on the contradiction so many nature writers face of trying to engage with the non-human on its own terms by describing it from the human point of view, in a human language weighted with millennia of cultural accretion and anthropocentricism. To attempt this phase shift @tomcomitta has composed a cut up, a collage of passages describing natural scenes selected from over 300 novels from the canon of English literature, from Thomas Hardy to Frank Herbert. The multiplicity of voices means that there are both many authors and none. Passages are selected on the basis that they describe natural scenes. There is no dialogue, no plot, no narrative, no hero or heroine’s journey. The sun rises and sets, ice forms, rocks crack, frogs croak, snakes hiss, plants grow, animals die, the light swells, the light fades… The resulting novel succeeds in twitching us into a different register, in and of nature and a book that could have been a hot mess actually feels like a cool breeze, whispering of the elemental and timeless. Review by @lithicality

Porn: An Oral History

Porn: An Oral History

Polly Barton

£13.99 £13.29

Over the course of twenty conversations with anonymous acquaintances from a range of backgrounds, genders and ages Barton fleshes out our relationship to porn and its associated feelings of guilt, embarrassment, fantasy and desire.

Dungeness: Coastal Architecture

Dungeness: Coastal Architecture

Dominic Bradbury

£25.00 £23.75

Dungeness: Coastal Architecture [...] places Prospect Cottage in the context of the latest stylish contemporary retreats in repurposed industrial buildings - fog horn towers and lifeguards lookouts - a fitting legacy of Jarman's ability to find beauty in the strangest places.

Fifth Quarter

Fifth Quarter

Alexander Tucker

£33.00

Just like in his films Derek Jarman was a collaborator is his creations at Dungeness - the fascinating book Fifth Quarter: Derek Jarman, Keith Collins & Dungeness describes this period through the voices of people he worked with and influenced, not least his partner, sound artist Keith Collins.

Pharmacopoeia: A Dungeness Notebook

Pharmacopoeia: A Dungeness Notebook

Derek Jarman

£12.99 £12.34

Pharmacopoeia uses Jarman's own writing to describe the value of the garden for his health - both mentally and physically - as there is no doubt it became essential to him during his long illness, before he dies of AIDS in 1994.

Boy Parts: From the author of PENANCE

Boy Parts: From the author of PENANCE

Eliza Clark

£9.99 £9.49

"In Irina, Clarke has created an unlikable yet oddly sympathetic heroine. She is both victim and aggressor, as over the course of the monologue reveals fractured moments of the abuse inflicted on her by men in positions of power."

Children of Paradise: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2023

Children of Paradise: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2023

Camilla Grudova

£14.99 £14.24

"In this grubby world the filth left behind by cinema goers is graphically described, the sex between employees uncomfortably public: both meaning I will never look at a popcorn bucket the same way again."

Woman, Eating: 'Absolutely brilliant - Kohda takes the vampire trope and makes it her own' Ruth Ozeki

Woman, Eating: 'Absolutely brilliant - Kohda takes the vampire trope and makes it her own' Ruth Ozeki

CLAIRE KOHDA

£9.99 £9.49

"Lydia's vampire urges become a way to explore appetites that are often still seen as taboo in young women, sexual desire and a hunger for professional fulfillment."

Gaia and Philosophy

Gaia and Philosophy

Lynn Margulis

£7.99 £7.59

"Pause for a moment. Breath in and breathe out (you do it automatically anyway 22,000 times a day). That's oxygen in, carbon dioxide out. Or put another way - that's plant waste (oxygen) in, plant fuel (carbon dioxide) out. They breathe out oxygen, you breathe in. Neat huh?"

Kneelers: The Unsung Folk Art of England and Wales

Kneelers: The Unsung Folk Art of England and Wales

Elizabeth Bingham

£20.00 £19.00

"Amongst the resurgence of interest in folk craft and local traditions, paganism and myth-making, the new book 'Kneelers: The unsung folk art of England & Wales' definitely sings out, a sort of Anglican descant to the beating of pagan drums."

This Pleasant Land: New British Landscape Photography

This Pleasant Land: New British Landscape Photography

Hoxton Mini Press

£30.00 £28.50

"William Blake would probably have cheerfully chipped in for a copy of 'This Pleasant Land', fond as he was of dytopias with a bit of fire and brimstone thrown in."

Fly-Fishing

Fly-Fishing

Christopher Schaberg

£15.95

"Each [of three of the latest editions in the Practices Series – 'Fly-fishing', 'Juggling' and 'Raving'] contemplates the way our activities embody our philosophy on life, whether we mean them to or not."

Juggling

Juggling

Stewart Lawrence Sinclair

£13.99

"Each [of three of the latest editions in the Practices Series – 'Fly-fishing', 'Juggling' and 'Raving'] contemplates the way our activities embody our philosophy on life, whether we mean them to or not."

Raving

Raving

McKenzie Wark

£13.99

"Each [of three of the latest editions in the Practices Series – 'Fly-fishing', 'Juggling' and 'Raving'] contemplates the way our activities embody our philosophy on life, whether we mean them to or not."

BBC Radiophonic Workshop's BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective

BBC Radiophonic Workshop's BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective

USA) Weir William L. (Freelance writer

£9.99

"DA DA DA DUM, DA DA DA DUM, WOO-OO-OOO... possibly the most memorable TV theme tune ever - an attention grabbing, adrenaline inducing, invitation on an alien trip through farthest reaches of space and time - and the start of the next must-see episode of Dr Who."

Weird Walk: Wanderings and Wonderings through the British Ritual Year

Weird Walk: Wanderings and Wonderings through the British Ritual Year

Weird Walk

£19.99 £18.99

"But what if we simply went out for a walk, looked at some stones and allowed ourselves to feel something truly ancient and strange?"

An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection

An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection

£44.00 £41.80

"When do we actually look at something, I mean really look intently? Take in every pore, fleck, every grain? Although told to be more mindful and less mindless these days, it's actually pretty rare to take the time to really visually focus, understand and wonder - so this job we delegate to artists and scientists (and small children with magnifying glasses)."

Telling the Bees and Other Customs: The Folklore of Rural Crafts

Telling the Bees and Other Customs: The Folklore of Rural Crafts

Mark Norman

£12.99 £12.34

"From the ancient art of spinning wool to yarn bombing your local high-street, ideas of traditional crafts change over time and Mark Norman starts at the ancient roots of a craft and brings it right up to the present, highlighting how these stories and themes are still relevant today."

Lichens: Toward a Minimal Resistance

Lichens: Toward a Minimal Resistance

Vincent Zonca

£17.99

"Persistence, resistance and a symbiotic attitude - these are the lessons of lichen and if you can't see or hear them then you better get your eyes checked and ears syringed as they are part of a long-coming, quiet cultural revolution."

Osebol: Voices from a Swedish Village

Osebol: Voices from a Swedish Village

Marit Kapla

£14.99 £14.24

"Rural Sweden, like rural Britain, is in the throes of radical change as factors including ageing population, immigration & emigration, closure of public services like schools and controversial rewilding projects reshape both day the day to day lives of village dwellers and national notions of identity. Documenting these changes could make the foundation of a very dull book so I am very pleased to report that Osebol is definitely not that book."

The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories

The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories

Rumi Hara

£21.00 £19.95

"Fed up with tights 'n' fights? By turns disturbing, thoughful and funny, The Peabut Butter Sisters is a brilliantly surreal new graphic short story collection."

Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen

Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen

Rebecca May Johnson

£14.99 £14.24

"Simmering with friendship, food and desire, Small Fires is a joyful explosion of the constraints and conventions of the kitchen."

In the Black Fantastic

In the Black Fantastic

Ekow Eshun

£35.00 £33.25

"It is both fabulous as in fantastical content, and fabulous as in extraordinary, brilliant and expansive. The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name [...] at the Hayward Gallery featuring the work of 11 artists"

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

Dan Saladino

£10.99 £10.44

"Turns out putting all of your Black Ogye chicken eggs in one basket is a bad idea."

Odd Apples

Odd Apples

£10.00 £9.50

"This mouth-watering compendium is extensive, but it only scratches the surface of the inexhaustible list of varieties that the world has to offer."

Sounds Wild and Broken

Sounds Wild and Broken

David George Haskell

£12.99 £12.34

"His point? We need to use the amazing senses we have to value the world's unique sonic ecologies, and actually listen to other life on the planet."

Salad: 100 recipes for simple salads & dressings

Salad: 100 recipes for simple salads & dressings

Janneke Philippi

£20.00 £19.00

"Would you be insulted to be given a recipe book called 'Salad'? Not us."

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