Ask the book buyer...about the books to get you in the mood for summer


Unlock the summer with my choice of some of the books that will help you make the most of those long and (hopefully) sunny days, says Jarrold book buyer Chris Rushby.


There are books for all kinds of purposes: books to make you laugh; books to help you escape from bitter reality; books to help make you a better person; books to help you knit a cardigan. You might say that books are tools for living.

The books that follow are, in their different ways, tools to unlock the summer to come and help you make the most of it. Some are annuals in the old-fashioned sense; some you might buy just once. All, in their different ways, are mines of useful information and sometimes inspiration. With the help of the right books, you’ll enjoy your summer even more…


The Almanac: A seasonal guide to 2018

Lia Leendertz


Chris says: "This fascinating book, set to be an annual, you’d think, revives the tradition of the rural almanac and reconnects the reader with the changing seasons: foraging, gazing at the stars, meteor-spotting and gardening all get attention. Whether you’re an urban or rural dweller, if you want to feel a litle closer to nature as the days  lengthen, here is a companion to your search. "   



Field Guide To The Bees of Great Britain and Ireland

Steven Falk


Chris says: "From the birds to the bees: you’d have to have been in a darkened room for a number of years not to know that bees are both (as pollinators) important to the future of the world and also that they’re increasingly victims of diseases, pesticides and other man-made threats. We should all be more thoughtful about bees and for anyone who wants to appreciate these wondrous creatures in some detail, this clear and comprehensive guide is the perfect place to start."



The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2018



Chris says: "The thing we still call the Yellow Book is another reliable indicator that summer’s on the way. Not only can you plan your visit to local gardens open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme, you can take the book with you as you travel the country over the coming months and use it to find any number of hidden gems of gardens up and down the land."  



Britain’s Birds: an identification guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Rob Hume, Robert Still, David Tipling et al


Chris says: "There are peregrines on the cathedral, blackbirds in the hedge, marsh harriers over the Yare. You don’t have to be a twitcher to love watching birds, to want to identify and understand them better. The Princeton guides are a fine series of wildlife guides and none better than this hefty, fact and image-packed volume. It’s not a pocket guide, unless your pockets are copious, but a fine work of reference, nonetheless."




Playfair Cricket Annual 2018

Ian Marshall


Chris says: "We’re just about into that point in the year when the football season’s nearly over and, in the couple of weeks (or so it seems) when soccer isn’t happening we can concentrate on cricket without too many distractions. The Playfair annual doesn’t aim to be as completist and venerable as Wisden (and is significantly cheaper) but comes absolutely packed with statistics and information about the county and international cricket to come."    



The BBC Proms Guide 2018

BBC Proms Publications


Chris says: "Like the swallows and swifts returning to the skies, the arrival of the Proms Guide is a sure sign of the return of a British summer. Regular attendees, viewers, or listeners to the world’s greatest classical music festival tend to see this as an indispensable guide to the host of events and how to make the most of them." 





Ask the Jarrold book buyer 

Jarrold book buyer Chris Rushby is on hand to answer all your book questions. Whether you are looking for a particular book or want advice on what to read next, why not contact Chris instore in the book department, lower ground floor, or email 

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