Homelands – A Celebration of the British Isles

What will your adventure be? With our long-awaited freedom finally on the near horizon, and the opportunity to travel overseas still limited, there has never been a better time to explore and celebrate The British Isles.

With increasing awareness of the importance of nature and the benefit of being outside, many of us have made time to enjoy our natural environment. From rugged coastal regions, dramatic downs, rolling farmland, idyllic islands, wild waterways, picturesque seaside towns and magnificent landscapes, it cannot be denied that the British Isles offers something for everyone.

This selection of books has been collected under the heading of Homelands to celebrate our great British Isles through its varied landscapes and histories. We hope that this collection, which will be in some libraries and available on BorrowBox too, will inspire you to make your own voyage of discovery. Highlights of the collection include:

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
In this inspiring and bewitching book Macfarlane embarks on a series of journeys in search of the wildness that remains in Britain and Ireland. At once a wonder voyage, an adventure story and a work of natural history, this text also tells a story of friendship and loss, mixing history, memory and landscape in a strange evocation of wildness and its importance.

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
Nature holds the answers for Raynor and her husband Moth, who after walking 630 miles homeless along the Salt Path, found a home in the coastline. Life beyond the Salt Path awaits, but the sense of home is illusive and returning to normality is proving difficult – until an incredible gesture by someone who reads their story changes everything: a chance to breathe life back into a beautiful but neglected farmhouse in the Cornish hills – rewilding the land and returning nature to its hedgerows becomes their new path. Along the way, Raynor and Moth learn more about the land that envelopes them, find friends both new and old, and embark on another windswept adventure when the opportunity arises.

Waterlog by Roger Deakin
Roger Deakin set out in 1996 to swim through the British Isles. The result a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep affinity for water. Swimming in the sea, rock pools, rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain. Detained by water bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted in the Fowey estuary by coastguards, mistaken for a suicide on Camber sands, confronting the Corryvreckan whirlpool in the Hebrides, he discovers just how much of an outsider the native swimmer is to his landlocked, fully-dressed fellow citizens. Encompassing cultural history, autobiography, travel writing and natural history, Waterlog is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer’s right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

The Frayed Atlantic Edge by David Gange
After two decades exploring the Western coast and mountains of the British Isles, the historian and nature writer David Gange set out to travel the seaboard in the course of a year. This coastline spans just eight-hundred miles as the crow flies, but the complex folds of its firths and headlands stretch more than ten-thousand. Even those who circumnavigate Britain by kayak tend to follow the shortest route; the purpose of this journey was to discover these coastlines by seeking out the longest. Travelling by kayak, on foot and at the end of a rope, Gange encounters wildcats, basking sharks, and vast colonies of seabirds, as well as rich and diverse coastal communities.

The Homelands collections will tour the county, starting their journey in the following libraries: Andover, Basingstoke, Chandlers Ford, Fleet, Gosport, Petersfield, Totton and Winchester. You can also place reservations for any of the titles in the collection.

Travelling

Travelling can be daunting for young children, as can new experiences, whether it’s going on a plane, boat or train. Sharing stories can help calm the child and turn, what would otherwise be a difficult situation, into a fun adventure.


Maisy’s bus
by Lucy Cousins

Maisy, the lovable little mouse, is at the driving wheel of the bus. Where is she going – to pick up her friends of course. A new picture book about the little mouse, who is featured in a popular animated television series.
Age; 1+


Maisy goes by plane
by Lucy Cousins

Maisy is off on a journey to see her friend Ella, but Ella lives such a long way away. Maisy must go by plane and what an exciting trip it is! As she makes her way through security and steps on board, Maisy peeks in at the captain: what a lot of lights and buttons it takes to make a plane go! Maisy soon makes friends with Mr Percy and Betsy; and after drinks, magazines and a tricky toilet stop, the journey is over in no time!
Age: 3+


Where are we going?
by Elizabeth Dale

In this story, the family is on a train ride and the children are disappointed not to be able to get off and do all the things they can see from the window. But when they arrive at the seaside, they will be able to do everything!
Age: 3+


Going on a plane
by Roderick Hunt

Introducing your child to new situations through entertaining and sensitively written stories, each title in this series is packed with facts and humour, making them perfect for reading together.
Age: 3+


Going on a train
by Roderick Hunt 

Do you like trains? Biff, Chip and Kipper do! In this story they have lots of fun going to France by train.
Age: 3+


The wheels on the bus; and, The boat on the waves
by Wes Magee and Richard Morgan

The wheels on the bus just keep going round! Then the boat on the waves has a very up and down ride.
Age: 5+


Mungo Monkey goes on a train
by Lydia Monks

Mungo Monkey is very excited to be going on a train trip with his grandparents and little sister, Mimi. Where will they go? What will they see? Join in the fun by lifting the flaps and help Mungo discover an exciting surprise at the end of his travels.
Age: 3+


School bus trip
by Ellen Philpott

Peppa and her friends are going on a school bus adventure up a mountain. But what will they find at the very top?
Age: 4+


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A day at the animal airport
by Sharon Rentta

Kai Koala is going on holiday with his family – and they’re off to the airport. Kai has a wonderful time, using his passport, pushing trolleys and flying in a plane!
Age: 2+


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The bus is for us!
by Michael Rosen

Small children take great delight in rides – whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone!
Age: 2+


George goes on a plane
by Nicola Smee

Join George and Bear as they travel on a plane for the first time! There are so many exciting things to see and do at the airport, and then there’s the journey on the plane with its thrilling take off!
Age: 3+


Useful Organisations

FlyFright:
Tips on helping your child through flying if they have a fear of flying.

NHS:
Advice and information before travelling with children.