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Fresh books for spring

Posted on 17 Mar 2022

Add a splash of sunshine to your bookshelves with these artful celebrations of nature and inspirational guides to the great outdoors.

David Hockney, "No. 180", 11th April 2020, iPad painting, © David Hockney

The New Naturalists

From the cabinets of curiosity of the 19th century to today’s interest in foraged decorations, eclectic collectors of natural objects have long filled their homes with their finds – from fossils and feathers to seeds and dried flowers. The New Naturalists offers a glimpse inside the homes of twenty creative collectors, revealing the stories behind their collections and how they celebrate their love of nature in their everyday spaces.

Spring Cannot be Cancelled

Sunday Times bestseller Spring Cannot be Cancelled is an uplifting manifesto that affirms art’s capacity to divert and inspire, based on a wealth of new conversations and correspondence between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, his long-time friend and collaborator.

Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature

Van Gogh’s masterpieces are juxtaposed with Hockney’s colourful and colossal paintings in Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature, an exploration of the artists’ parallel approaches to nature and landscape.

Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn from the Land

Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn from the Land is the first major overview of the UK’s leading garden designer, featuring twenty-four of his projects from around the world.

Remarkable Trees

Every tree has its own story, and in Remarkable Trees, experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have selected over 60 trees for their particular resonance and connection to us, representing the world’s major habitats.

The Land Gardeners

In The Land Gardeners, learn how to establish organic garden beds and sow, grow and harvest over 100 varieties of cut flowers.

Spirit of Place

Spirit of Place offers a panoramic view of the British landscape as seen through the eyes of writers and artists from Bede and the Gawain-poet to Gainsborough, Austen, W. G. Sebald and Barbara Hepworth.

Plants for the People

Plants for the People is an exploration of the plant world through the eyes of a master herbalist, weaving ancient traditional knowledge with a modern approach to plant medicine.

Wild Kitchen

In Wild Kitchen, join leading chefs, food bloggers and restaurateurs in their private kitchens and dining spaces, and discover how they cook and entertain using home-grown, local and seasonal produce.


Herbarium is a stylishly illustrated compendium of 100 herbs, designed to enrich our understanding of all their uses.