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The Countryside in a Time of Change, the author unravels the pressures and demands which will impact on what we see and often think of as unchanging in the landscape. Issues such as a changing climate, the radical changes to the way in which farming is supported, and the aspiration to greatly increase the area of tree cover, are all discussed against the background of a continuing concern over national food security. Additionally, the experience of 2020 has underlined the importance of the countryside as a place which we value for health and wellbeing. These human requirements sit beside the desire to substantially improve the protection of wildlife and the new trends to re-wild areas of Britain.. What are the prospects for a green recovery which can combine 'nature-friendly' farming with the necessity to protect rural life and jobs? What de we expect from the countryside?

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Betrayed by her husband's disappearance. Destroyed when her foster son vanished. Destitute, Dorothy trudged the countryside reflecting on all she had left; her memories. Squatting in an empty farmhouse she was haunted by the ghost of an 18th Century aspirant nun, whose presence stirred her out of despair. Will Dorothy's resilience win through? Will she find a sense of peace and more importantly will she ever learn the truth? MISSING Past and Present is a captivating, genealogical mystery with a ghostly presence. If you like compelling, emotionally charged British mysteries then you'll love Diana Jackson's 'Mystery Inspired by History' series.

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Members of The Kinghorn Lunch Club are delighted to share with you these wonderful stories, personal memories, poems and favourite sayings. We hope you enjoy them. Many thanks to all who have contributed. Any profits will go to The Kinghorn Lunch Club, towards social events and activities.

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Landscape provides a rich recording of our past. By focusing on one corner of England this book traces the changes which have shaped the countryside of Bedfordshire. The author uses the geology of Bedfordshire to describe a number of natural landscapes and then charts how these have been utilised in the past, giving us the countryside pattern which we see today. This book touches on agriculture both past and present; the extraction industries which have so heavily marked the landscape; the expansion of nature reserves; and finally the recent building on floodplains, and other threats to the green belt. For those wishing to find out more by walking in this interesting county there is an introduction to the opportunities for walking using the dense footpath network in Bedfordshire.

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Two murders interwoven ~ one hundred years apart. Joanna Thomas, a less than conventional farmer's wife is accused of murdering her husband, but with no motive or murder weapon uncovered, the likelihood of a speedy conviction is diminishing, much to the dismay of the, soon to retire, Inspector Norton. His officers try to placate him whilst uncovering a series of most strange coincidences, all compelling them towards an unsolved murder back in 1919. From no obvious suspects they now have several seemingly unlikely candidates, none with totally believable alibis. Whilst puzzling over the complexity of this strange case DS Tony Brown and DC Cathy Peterson take a trip to Jersey, but losing their lead they return, just as the case turns decidedly sinister.Could an unsolved murder in Haynes, Bedfordshire back in 1919 really have a bearing on this case?

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Diana walked along the Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry - beneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge - to St Andrews. While on her way she trod in the footprints of a multitude of pilgrims and famous people through the ages, but she also followed in the steps of ordinary folks of Fife. She 'met' some fascinating characters - from St Margaret in Dunfermline to the real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, in Lower Largo. Diana was enamoured by her beautiful surroundings along these healing paths. As she paused to have a 'wee blether' with those she 'met,' she learnt a new way of looking at her world, finding values which gave her a blueprint for the next stage in her life and she was fortunate to discover a sense of peace. The further Diana travelled the more she became absorbed in the history of Fife and her affinity for the area grew. Some would call this an allegory but it is certainly a memoir with elements of fantasy. Diana leaves the reader to judge which is which.

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Having enjoyed widespread popularity until the late seventeenth century, the warden pear gradually faded into obscurity. The Original Warden Pear uncovers its story, bringing together evidence from monks, horticulturalists, physicians and bookkeepers. Poets, songwriters and playwrights captured the spirit of the pear from the late fourteenth century onwards, while twenty-first century DNA testing has sought to discover whether anything of the old warden pears has survived. The Original Warden Pear will appeal to those interested in horticulture, the arts, theology, Bedfordshire local history and medieval medicine. Recipes are included, so that readers can recreate the sorts of pear dishes enjoyed by the fifteenth-century nobility, or bake one of the famous Warden Pies.All profits from the book will go towards the upkeep of Warden Abbey Vineyard, a Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity project.

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A Certain Degree of Magnificence traces the landscape history of Bedfordshire, highlighting the impact individuals have had on the countryside – whether they worked the land to make a living or simply improved the landscape. The chapters trace Bedfordshire's history from the most recent ice age to the present, covering the invasions of the Romans and Danes, the arrival of the plague in the Middle Ages, and enclosure in the eighteenth century. The landowners and landscape gardeners feature, such as Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. The book also discusses recent changes in agriculture, the pressure of housing development and the growing demands of the leisure industry on the land.

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The memoirs of an extraordinary man. Born in 1909, Norman's account is full of adventure, he travelled to Australia in the late 20's leaving his childhood sweetheart behind. Norman tells the story of his first love which survived half a century before he finally married Mae at the age of 70 years, he gained a special wife, companion, and a whole new family. Norman shares his thoughts on religion and war but above all on man's progress through the last century. He worked in the record industry and loved music, but saw the age of television as a backward step, affecting both family and community life. Norman has lived in his Surbiton home for over a 100 years. He describes what it was like when his family moved there in 1911. What was most remarkable about Norman, apart from his memory for dates and details, was how he lived his last years to the full, as a silver surfer at 102 years! His determination to remain fit and well is an inspiration to all of us.

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The lives of Harriet's family and friends are interwoven seamlessly through 1910 to 1920, as history comes to life through the eyes of the characters. It is a tale of endurance and hardship through the Great War, contrasted by the excitement of the birth of Supermarine, early flying boat production and The Schneider Trophy. Hints of character traits formed in early childhood appear to guide the destiny of the menfolk as they play their part in the less well known facets of World War One, but the roles of the womenfolk, too, change beyond recognition.

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Riduna is the Latin name for the unique and picturesque island of Alderney, sister island to Guernsey Channel Islands, UK. For Harriet, who was born on Riduna in 1866, and many others in her community, the island seems to be a character in its own right. It is the only world they have known, or wanted to know. On the other hand, Edward lives with his head full of dreams of distant shores. As their destiny is challenged, will their devotion remain constant? Riduna tells the story of Harriet and Edward as they move towards adulthood, when conflicting dreams, tragedy and poor communications all play a role in their lives. Do you ever feel that your very reason for being alive is threatened? Have you ever loved someone so much that you have let them walk away? Have you experienced displacement, daunted by moving away to somewhere unfamiliar, and yet deep within your heart is the very place you have left behind, a place you once dared to call home?

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How to Value a Skylark - Brian Kerr - ISBN:978-1-8381562-1-1
Missing Past and Present - Diana Jackson - ISBN: 978-0-9932608-7-2
Kinghorn Lunch Club Social Memories - Yvonne Georgeson - ISBN:978-0-9932608-9-6
An Unassuming County - Brian Kerr - ISBN:978-0-9572520-9-7
Murder Now and Then - Diana Jackson - ISBN:978-0-9572520-8-0
The Healing Paths of Fife - Diana Jackson - ISBN:978-0-9932608-1-0
The Original Warden Pear - Margaret Roberts - ISBN:978-0-9932608-4-1
A Certain Degree of Magnificence - Brian Kerr - ISBN:978-0-9932608-6-5
The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell - Norman Campbell - ISBN:978-0-9572520-6-6
Ancasta Guide Me Safely Home - Diana Jackson - ISBN:978-0-9572520-0-4
Riduna - Diana Jackson - ISBN:978-0-9572520-4-2