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December 2015

Cooking with Walnuts by Ann Olley; black and white line drawings; pp. 96; £8.00, plus £2.00 p&p; published by and available from

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Following Walnut Footprints (Juglans regia L.); Cultivation and Culture, Folklore and History, Traditions and Uses, edited by Damiano Avanzato; pp 442; many illustrations; published by Scripta Horticulturae, 2014, Number 17. A publication of the International Society for Horticultural Science and the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council; cost 40 euros, plus 10 euros p&p, available from

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October 2015

The Book of Pears; The definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties by Joan Morgan, with paintings by Elisabeth Dowle; pp.304, 40 water paintings by Elisabeth Dowle and many colour and black and white period images. Published by Ebury Press, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, in the UK as hard back and e-book and by Chelsea Green in the USA.

The companion website – provides photographs of almost every one of the some 500 varieties of pear described in the Directory included in The Book of Pears

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May 2015

Grow for Flavour by James Wong, pp. 224, many colour photographs and drawings; published by Octopus Publishing, Mitchell Beazley, 2015, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, £20.00, hardback.

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May 2014

The Gloucestershire Pomona Series: Pears of Gloucestershire and Perry Pears of the Three Counties by Charles Martell, pp.214 many colour photographs and line drawings; published 2013 by Hartpury Heritage Trust. Cost: £30 for hardback, £25 for soft cover, both plus postage of £3.50 from Hartpury Heritage Trust, Prestberries Cottage, Blackwell's End, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3DB; See also Gloucesterhire Orchard Trust:

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March 2014

Cider Apples; The New Pomona by Liz Copas pulished 2013; printed by Short Run Press Ltd, Exeter; pp158; many colour plates and line drawings illustrating each variety described; £16.50; SBN 978-0-9568994-2-2

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February 2014

The Tradescants' Orchard, The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book; commentary by Barrie Juniper and Hanneke Grootenboer, published 2013 by Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; pp 120, 81 colour illustrations; price £30.00.

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January 2014

The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon; An Elusive World Wonder Traced by Stephanie Dalley, published by Oxford Univerity Press, 2013; 279pp; many line drawings, black & white photographs, some colour photographs; £25.00; also available as e-Book.

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December 2013

The Apple Pruning Manual by Roger Worraker and Malcolm Withnal, pp.117, many colour photographs and diagrams, £10.00 plus £2.00 p&p, published by Malcolm Withnall, 2013; total cost is £12.00.

Copies of the book can be obtained from Malcolm Withnall, Woodcut Cottage, Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Kent ME17 1XH; e-mail:

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July 2012

Heritage Fruits and Vegetables, text by Toby Musgrave, photographs by Clay Perry; published by Thames and Hudson and the Royal Horticultural Society, 2012; price £39.00.

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June 2012

'Orchard Archives: the National Fruit Collection' by J. Morgan in Occasional Papers from the RHS LIndley Library, volume 7, March 2012, pp. 3-30; published  by the Royal Horticultural Society. 

Volume 7 also contains' English fruit illustration from the early nineteenth century. Part 2: Hooker, Withers and the Horticltural Society' by B. Elliott, pp.31-60. Many black and white and colour illustrations.

Copies of this and other volumes of Occasion Papers from The RHS Lindley Library can be bought by visiting Lindley Library Wisley or Lindley Library London ( re-opens on 2 July), or by post from Lindley Library Wisley, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Copies cost £7.50 each, (plus £1.50 p&p). Occasional Papers are also published on-line at the Society's web-site:

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February 2012

Our Apple Orchard by Anne-Marie Bur with photographs by Anne Purkiss and others for Brighton Permaculture Trust and Action in rural Sussex, 2011; 32 pp, many colour photographs; £3.50 plus p&p.  Available from Action in Rural Sussex, Sussex House, 212 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2NH (01273 473422); order:

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November 2011

Tender Volume II: A cook's guide to the fruit garden by Nigel Slater, published by Fourth Estate, London, 2010, pp c600, numerous photographs; £30.00

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March 2011

For the Love of an Orchard; Everybody's guide to growing & cooking orchard fruit by Jane McMorland Hunter and Chris Kelly, published by Pavilion Books, London, 2010, pp 285, numerous colour illustrations; £25.00

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September 2010

Welsh Marches Pomona by Michael Porter, illustrated by Dr Margaret Gill; published 2010 by Marcher Apple Network; pp 96; £25.00.

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Arboreal Archeology; a diary of two fruit explorers by Isabella and Livio Dall Ragione, translated by Cecilia Galiena, published 2008 by ali&no editrice, Perugia; $27.75.

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June 2010

Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops by  Martin Crawford, published by Green Books 2010. £30.00

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April 2010

Oude Fruitrassen by Hennie Rossel, illustrated by Lineke Rekers, published 2009 by Landleven (; tel 0314 34 98 71); 15.50 euros; pp 167; colour illustrations throughout; paperback.

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March 2010

Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth; The Art of Practical Pomology by Elizabeth Waugh;; published by Rivers Nursery Site and Orchard Group in associaton with Rockinhgam Press, 2009; pp 203; illustrated with black and white photographs. 

Reprinted 2018; to purchase a copy of the book go to:

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June 2009

Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea; published by The Good Life Press Ltd, 2008, pp160;; illust with colour and black & white photographs.

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Pomegranate Roads; A Soviet Botanist’s Exile fom Eden by Dr. Gregory M. Levin; translated from the Russian by Margaret Hopstein, edited by Barbara L. Baer; published 2006 by Floreant Press, California; $19.95 (available Amazon US); pp183, illustrated with colour plates and black and white photos.

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Where Our Food Comes From by Gary Paul Nabhan, published 2009 by Island Press, Sherewater Books; pp 223, illustrated b&w and colour photographs; £15.99.

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October 2008
Ciderland  - a guide to the West Country cider and perry orchards and their producers by James Crowden, with photographs by Claire Lloyd Davies, published 2008 by Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh, £20; pp 256; numerous colour photographs, paperback.

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Success with Apples and Pears to Eat and Drink by Alan Rowe, the second edition of this successful practical guide to varieties, husbandry, harvesting, storing and making juices, cider and perry. Published 2008 by Groundnut Publishing, Suffolk, £12.95 ; pp134, illustrated with many colour photographs; paperback.  

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Fruit; Edible, Inedible, Incredible by Wolfgang Stuppy, the seed morphologist for the Kew Millenium Seed Bank Project  and Rob Kesseler, professor of Art and Design at Central Saint Martins College. Published by Papadakis Publisher, Berkshire, 2008 in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; £35.00; pp 264, illustrated with numerous colour photographs; hardback.

June 2008
Man-Made Eden by James Russell -  the history of fruit growing and the present status of orchards in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Man-Made Eden, Historic Orchards in Somerset and Gloucestershire by James Russell; with photographs by Stephen Morris; published by Redcliffe Press Ltd, Bristol; 156 pages; numerous colour photographs; £15.00.
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Community Orchards; the guidebook to creating and looking after a Community Orchard by Common Ground.
Community Orchards; Handbook by Angela King and Sue Clifford; published by Common Ground, Dorset; 225 pages; many coloured illustrations; £10 +£3 p&p from Common Ground Gold Hill House, 21 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JE (01747 850820).
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October 2007
The Apple Source Book: a celebration of  apples and their many uses, customs and stories brought together by Sue Clifford and Angela King, the founders of Common Ground, with contributions from many authors together with numerous recipes.
The Apple Source Book; particular uses for diverse apples by Sue Clifford and Angela King with Philippa Davenport for Common Ground; published by Hodder & Stoughton, 304 pages, b&w illustrations, £16.99.

The Northern Pomona is a guide to apples that do well in the north of Britain, which has been produced in the main by horticulturists, cooks and chefs located around Helmsley Walled Garden, in North Yorkshire. The book is edited by Lin Hawthorn and illustrated with over 50 water colour paintings of apple varieties by  Bridget Gillespie. All the proceeds from the Pomona are going towards the restoration work at Helmsley Garden and its role as a community enterprise.
The Northern Pomona: Apples for Cool Climates; published by Pomona Publications York ( ); illustrated with water colours; £50.

May 2007
The Downright Epicure; Essays on Edward Bunyard (1878-1939): biography of Edward Bunyard, the well known fruit authority of the 1920s and 1930s. Edited by Edward Wilson with contributions from Alan Bell, Simon Hiscock, Joan Morgan, Richard Sharp and Edward Wilson.  
The Downright Epicure; Essays on Edward Bunyard (1878-1939) edited by Edward Wilson; published by Prospect Books; £30; pp 400.

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