Bellamy's Ireland: The Wild Boglands - David Bellamy

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"Bellamy's Ireland: The Wild Boglands" by David Bellamy

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David Bellamy takes the reader on an adventure in exploration of the Irish bogs. He explains the nature of peat and bogs; gives accounts of various boggy habitats; takes a dive under the soggy blanket in search of history and pre-history and the peaty roots of Irish people.

About the Author

The botanist and wildlife writer David Bellamy is well known to television viewers and wildlife fans as an active and enthusiastic campaigner on conservation issues. He is the director of the Conservation Foundation, trutee of the World Wildlife Fund, vice-president of the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society and councillor of the Wildfowl Trust.

  

Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a writer - Victoria Glendinning

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"Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a writer" by  Victoria Glendinning

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In this richly detailed biography, Victoria Glendinning brings alive the great Anglo-Irish novelist whose literary achievements were equaled only by her unbounded gift for living.Taking us from Elizabeth Bowen's ancestral home in Ireland, Bowen’s Court, to Oxford where she met Yeats and Eliot, to her service as an air-raid warden in London during World War II, this penetrating biography lifts the thin veil between Bowen's imaginative world and the complex emotional life that fired her shimmering novels. We see her at elegant parties, where such friends as Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, and Evelyn Waugh fell under her spell; in post-war Vienna with Graham Greene; and in war-torn London, where she fell in love with a younger man who was unprepared for life at the pitch she lived it. We see her bound through several affairs to a comfortable marriage, living "life with the lid on." The world of Elizabeth Bowen was akin to that of her novels: no one behaved shockingly, yet the passions that stirred within made her a master of the ultimate suspense of human relationships–the life of the heart

About the Author

Victoria Glendinning is a British biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist. She is President of English PEN, a winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was awarded a CBE in 1998 and is Vice-president of the Royal Society of Literature.

The Voyage of the Catalpa - Peter F. Stevens

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"The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom " by Peter F. Stevens

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Fast-paced, compelling, meticulously researched, and dramatically detailed, this saga from the annals of American, Irish, British, and Australian history comprises the first full telling of the secret yearlong journey of the American whaling ship Catalpa, under Captain George Anthony, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1875. Risking his own freedom and career, Anthony sailed across international waters to Australia, to rescue from hellish imprisonment the group of British-soldiers-turned-Irish-rebels named "The Fremantle Six." The successful escape and hostility the vulnerable Catalpa overcame both from the British Royal Navy and furious seas make Anthony's historical voyage legendary. 8 pages of photographs add to this true story of daring on the high seas

About the Author

Peter F. Stevens, news and features editor of the Boston Irish Reporter, is a veteran journalist with a specialty in historical writing. His work is syndicated by the New York Times and has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers.

The Healing Power of Plants - Fran Bailey

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Plants make people happy. This gorgeous, modern guide features over 80 indoor plants that will turn your house into a happy, healthy, healing home.Discover plants that will clean the air you breathe, help you get a good night’s sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, help you get well soon, boost your brain power and bring greater joy and well-being into your life.From cacti and succulents to ferns and palms; flowering plants and foliage – find the perfect house plants for your living room, bathroom, bedroom and even your workspace. Bring the joy of the outdoors in and harness the natural healing power of plants.

About the Author

Award-winning horticulturist Fran Beiley grew up on a cut flower nursery near York, where her Dutch father encouraged her love of all things botanical. After studying at the Welsh College of Horticulture she moved to London working as a freelance florist. Later she opened her first shop, the Fresh Flower Company in South London, expanding into houseplants with the opening of Forest in 2013. Fran has written two other house plant books.

Patrick Kavanagh: A Biography - Antoinette Quinn

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Antoinette Quinn's acclaimed biography of Patrick Kavanagh, the most important Irish poet between the death of W.B. Yeats and the rise of Seamus Heaney, tells the triumphant story of his journey from homespun balladry through early journal and poetry publications to his eventual coronation as one of the most influential figures in Irish poetry.