The Thames is the longest river than runs entirely through England and its valley contains not only Britain’s capital but also many other large settlements. There are also a great many historic features that bear testament to the river’s historic and continuing importance for the surrounding areas, and indeed Britain and the world.
Over the years, authors, artists and amblers aplenty have felt the pull of the Thames, and now travel writer Tom Chesshyre is following in their footsteps. He’s walking the length of the river from the Cotswolds to the North Sea – a winding journey of over two hundred miles. Join him for an illuminating stroll past meadows, churches and palaces, country estates and council estates, factories and dockyards. Setting forth in the summer of Brexit, and meeting a host of interesting characters along the way, Chesshyre explores the living present and remarkable past of England’s longest and most iconic river.
The latest in the 'River' series, chronicling England's biggest river, the Trent, as it flows through the industrial heartland of England. Stunning photography paired with historic anecdotes of the river's past uses and features make for a fascinating read on the 'wandering invader'.
Dublin's famous river is followed from its boghole source in the Wicklow Mountains, through the plains of Kildare, to its eventual arrival in Dublin & the Irish Sea. Illustrated with historical & modern maps, photographs, prints & drawings.
'The Nib" Waverley Library Award for Literature Nominations (2012)
Category: 'The Nib" Waverley Library Award for Literature Nominations (2012)
In 2007, Mike Ladd walked the River Torrens from its source to the sea, taking notes as he went. First appearing as a popular series of articles in the Adelaide Review with photographs by Cathy Brooks, Karrawirra Parri is a beguiling social and natural history of the river, and a delightful meditation on literature and walking.
A vibrant collection of paintings and drawings of the landscape and wildlife of the Thames, following the river as it flows from the rural countryside of Gloucestershire, meandering past fields, villages and towns, through the heart of metropolitan London and to the sea. After his previous book on the River Derwent, Riverside Journey, Ashley Bryant took up the challenge of painting the Thames, the most famous and fascinating river in England. The book covers the story of the whole river, from beginning to end, providing an artist's view of the most interesting places it passes, giving a great view and insight into the life of the river. The paintings reflect the beauty of the river itself, of the natural landscape through which it passes, and many of the architectural gems ' palaces, Oxford colleges, churches, as well as bridges and humble cottages ' that have been raised alongside it. The Thames is an ideal companion for anyone walking beside the river, boating on it, or simply interested in the wildlife and the countryside that surrounds the Thames. As such it will appeal to those who live near the Thames, as well as to visitors.
'Kevin Parr knows how to fish, how to read a river and how to write. A book that flows like a river' Chris Yates, author of Out of the Blue Rivers Run is a love letter to Britain’s rivers and waterways by well-known angler and naturalist Kevin Parr. On a journey around his favourite watery hideaways – such as the River Stour in Dorset, the Exe in Devon, the Avon in the Midlands and Parrs Pool in Shropshire – the author shares the thoughts and insights that bubble up while sitting peacefully by the riverside, watching the world go by and waiting for the fish to bite. Each river that he visits has played a central part in his own development as both an angler and a person, and reflects the ways in which landscape, wildlife and plants mirror the themes that flow through all our lives. Rivers Run is a delightful yet profound philosophical and poetic examination of water, of the fish that live within it, the nature that surrounds it and how human life is intrinsically linked to its flow.