Wessex Wonderful World of Books
Your Books about Wessex

Books about Wessex abound.

Some of these are definitely for the glove box or the backpack!!

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Dorset (AA 50 Walks Series) has been our most popular request. Dorset is such a beautiful county whether one is walking in the countryside or along the coast. A highly recommended pastime! The guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities with practical detail and fascinating background. In fact all you want to know! There are titles in the same series for
Devon (AA 50 Walks Series)
Somerset (AA 50 Walks Series)
Wiltshire (AA 50 Walks Series)
Hampshire & The Isle of Wight (AA 50 Walks Series)

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There are a large number of books by the premier cycling organisation - Sustrans. Here is a taste.
Cycling in the UK (Sustrans)
Cycling in West Country (Sustrans): 1 (AA Cycling in Britain)
Cycling in the UK: The Official Guide to the National Cycle Network

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180 mile walking and cycling track, follows the settings of this book.) There is a beautiful DVD as well. Tarka The Otter [DVD]
More old favourites:
Sarum by Edward Rutherford.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, became a TV series in the UK
Becoming a favourite - World Without End by Ken Follett, the sequel to Pillars of the Earth.

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Stonehenge is a wonderful, mysterious place. Some intriguing titles.

An excellent novel for the history buff: Rosemary Hill's Stonehenge
One for the children: If Stones Could Speak
Useful book to take with you Stonehenge (English Heritage Guidebooks)
The answers? Solving Stonehenge: The New Key to an Ancient Enigma and many more books on these enigmatic stones !

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Devon with its stunning coast, rural villages, towns and wild, wild moorland.

Agatha Christie's Devon
Curious Devon
Frommer's Devon and Cornwall with Your Family: From Breathtaking Coastlines to Tranquil Villages (Frommers With Your Family Series)
The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East
Devon's World Heritage Coast (does not cover the coast path.)

Where to Watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall: Including the Isles of Scilly and Lundy (Where to Watch Birds)
Devon (Best of Britain): Accessible, Contemporary Guides by Local Experts
Devon, Cornwall and Southwest England (Lonely Planet Regional Guides)
Lost Devon

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Dorset such a beautiful county from its lovely coast to its delightful rural north.

Dorset: The Glorious County
Dorset County Atlas
Splendour of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
Mountain Bike Guide Dorset
Curious Dorset (In Old Photographs)
Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Walks into History Dorset (Historic Walks)
Dorset at War
Haunted Places of Dorset
Thomas Hardy's Dorset

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Hampshire an ancient and captivating county.

Hampshire: The County in Colour (County Portrait)
Hampshire Villages (Villages in Colour)
Hampshire and New Forest: Walks (Pathfinder Guide)
Wild Hampshire & Isle of Wight
Lost Railways of Hampshire
Haunted Hampshire
Waterside Walks in Hampshire (Waterside Walks)
A Mountain Bike Guide to the Highways and Bridleways of Hampshire and the New Forest (Landmark Guides)

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Isle of Wight an island that is a microcosm of delight.

Isle of Wight (Landmark Visitor Guide)
Walk the Isle of Wight
Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Cycle Tours: On and Off-road Routes Taking Less Than a Day
Vectis Steam: The Last Years of Steam on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight Coast Path (Coast & national trail walk guides)
Solent Seaways: Wightlink -- Isle of Wight Ferries
Fried spuds at ten: An Isle of Wight childhood
Hampshire Isle of Wight: Cycling Country Lanes (Goldeneye Cyclinguides)

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Wiltshire rolling hills, wide open country, little hidden villages, beautiful Salisbury and so much more.

Wiltshire (Landmark Visitor Guide)
Portrait of Wiltshire
Where Wiltshire Meets Somerset: 20 Best Walks in the Country Around Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Warminster and Frome
Mountain Bike Guide - Wiltshire
Where to Watch Birds in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire (Where to Watch Birds)
Wiltshire Stories of the Supernatural keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Wiltshire Railways
Wiltshire Airfields in the Second World War (Airfields Series)
Historic Gardens of Wiltshire
The Wiltshire Regiment 1915-1959

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Somerset Bath, Wells, Quantocks, Mendips, lakes, fishing, green, green hills.

Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee! An affectionate look at the Somerset dialect Wonderful.
How to Survive in Somerset Warm and entertaining, particularly for those who know Somerset!
Drive and Stroll in Somerset (Drive & Stroll)
Somerset: A Chilling History of Crime and Punishment (Crime & Punishment) - gripping!
Splendour of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
The Knights Templar in Somerset
On Your Bike in Somerset
Last Days of Steam in Bristol & Somerset
The Somerset Wetlands: An Ever Changing Environment - for the coffee table, authoritative.
Somerset Towns: Changing Fortunes AD 800-1800

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Winchester, the ancient capital of Wessex and England.

Winchester and Basingstoke, Andover and Romsey (OS Landranger Map Series)
Winchester Curiosities You could walk by these fascinating age old fragments and not see them.
Winchester by Simon Heath.

Two for the historian and family historian:
Hampshire Allegations for Marriage Licences Granted by the Bishop of Winchester. 1689 to 1837, Volume 1
Winchester Long Rolls, 1653-1721

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Southampton City of the liners, an ancient, but modern port city.

Southampton Through Time
Southampton's Cult Heroes: Saints' 20 Greatest Icons One for the Saints supporters!
Southampton: Then and Now (Then & Now)
Port of Southampton

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Portsmouth home of the historic Naval Dockyard.

Portsmouth in the Twentieth Century: A Photographic History
Portsmouth The Old Town
Portsmouth Football Club on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year (On This Day) Play Up Pompey!!! One for the fans.
Sea Soldiers of Portsmouth: A Pictorial History of the Royal Marines at Eastney and Fort Cumberland

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Bournemouth a beautiful seaside resort.

Bournemouth 1810-2010: From Smugglers to Surfers
Discover Bournemouth
Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path (Long Distance Walking Guide) This is a beautiful walk.
Bournemouth Airport: A History
Bournemouth Trolleybuses (Trolleybus Classics) One for the transport buff!

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Weymouth a favourite seaside destinations for generations of families.

Weymouth Through Time Old and modern photos. Would make a good present for a Weymouth affecionado,
Weymouth Ferries: The Rise and Fall of a Port
A Weymouth Childhood in the 1950s

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Plymouth the town from which the modern world was formed.

Plymouth, An Illustrated History still the book on Plymouth.
Portrait of Plymouth

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Exeter the county town of Devon, a bustling and modern city.

Exeter Cathedral: The First Thousand Years, 1400-1550
The Wild Cats of Exeter (Domesday) historical fiction set in Exeter.
A Century of Exeter (Century of South of England)

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Bristol a bustling port city with a major airport nearby.

Bristol: A People's History
Cannot go past this book for a history of this maritime city.
Secret Underground Bristol There's something down there.....huh!
Bristol Curiosities
A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel

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Bath the spa city with its lovely cathedral.

Bath A stunning coffee table book. Make a good present.
A History of Bath: Image and Reality
The Bristol and Bath Cycle Guide
Paranormal Bath

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Other pages that may be of interest

Books about Devon

Books about Dorset

Books about Hampshire

Books about The Isle of Wight

Books about Somerset

Books about Wiltshire

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Here we will highlight the latest books by local authors.

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A new book by a local author, Glen Herbert.

Highly recommended.

A review can be found here

ISBN: 978-1-84897-649-8
Published 29-09-2016
Price: £10.99

A Limey from Lyme

follows boatman Glen Herbert”s travels, mainly around the Americas. He takes in The Deep South, Southern hospitality, and the divide between states in his quest for adventure. Alongside his own journey, a whirlwind tour of history is given, blending past and present.

Glen Herbert was a boatman at the Cobb in Lyme Regis, where he took tourists on boat trips during the summer months and travelled the world out of season, mainly to the Americas. He is currently a teacher living in Salisbury, England and intends to get a bigger boat.

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A new book by local author, Joan Hollingsworth. Entertaining and recommended for those thinking of moving to the Continent.

A review can be found here

ISBN: 978-1848977877
Published 1.12.2016
Price: £8.99

Many folk feel the need to leave the British winter behind and find warmth in the sun. Some decide to make a sunny clime their home. Others love the idea of restoring an old property on the Continent. This interesting and intriguing book by local author, Joan Hollingsworth, illustrates over three years their adventures in relocating to the Continent in two countries. Joan to an apartment in sunny Cyprus and Pat to a restoration project in France.

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A new book by Wilhelmina Wolff.  Enchanting and poignant.

A review can be found here

ISBN: 9781848973527
Price: £16.20

Innocence in the midst of war. Meintje is a child of World War II living in Holland and in 1939 she is four years old. This poignant book relives memories during the war from that child's point of view. Enchanting and innocent, but horrific as one realises the import of the background to devastating incidents and events. The Gestapo, starvation, bombing, the Resistance Movement. All told from the memories of innocent childhood right through to the Liberation in 1945. A beautiful exquisite book.

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