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  • Great Shoots, The: 2E: Britain's Best - Past and Present
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 1904057861 (1-904057-86-1)
    Hardcover, Quiller Press Limited

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    A unique history of sporting literature; the first and only one ever to embark on a comprehensive survey of the gameshooting scene both as it was and as it stands today. In this new and revised edition the fascinating story is brought right up to date. Many of the shoots chosen are owned by the rich and famous, Brian Martin provides a rare insight into their social lives; providing fascinating comment on their own estates and on shooting generally. Before detailing the history and present sport of each estate, region by region, the author sets the scene by outlining the history of gameshooting in Britain: the changing attitude of society; how economics have played an increasingly important part; how the popular press has perpetuated an often inaccurate image; how technical developments have shaped both gunmaking and game rearing; and much more. The inter-relationship between shooting and conservation, and the important contribution ot the general welfare of our flora and fauna by the overwelming majority of shoot proprieters, are given special attention. This superb volume has become the established celebration of the gameshooting world today.

  • Liverpool in the Age of the Tram (Nostalgia of Britain)
    by Steve Palmer, Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 1857941888 (1-85794-188-8)
    Softcover, Silver Link Publishing Ltd

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    On 14 September 1957, the last Liverpool tram left the Pier Head and the famous 'Green Goddesses' departed for ever, together with one of Britain's most extensive, modern and forward-looking systems. Over 300 comprehensively captioned photographs cover the routes from the City Centre through the inner suburbs to such places as Seaforth, Aintree, Walton, Kirkby, Woolton and Garston.

  • More Tales of the Old Gamekeepers
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715316079 (0-7153-1607-9)
    Softcover, David & Charles

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    This is a second anthology in which a group of countrymen recall their lives, detailing personal trials and triumphs, from fighting in the trenches during the Great War to receiving the long-service medal from The Queen. Along the way, these characters have met the wealthy and famous, and been party to great sporting occasions, but above all they have been fired by a love of the outdoor life. They record their encounters with wildlife, and also family life as it used to be, with few luxuries but a real sense of community in the countryside.

  • More Tales Old Countrymen
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715301594 (0-7153-0159-4)
    Hardcover, David & Charles

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    From the wilds of County Mayo in north-west Ireland to the oak-beamed tranquillity of Shakespeare's Middle England, 17 rural characters reminisce about country life. Their occupations include parish priest, village schoolmaster, country solicitor, farm labourer, hedge-layer, horseman, forester and gentleman farmer. They have all experienced more dramatic changes in rural life than any previous generation - born before any car or tractor passed their way, yet living to see man land on the moon. The author's previous books include "Tales of the Old Gamekeepers" and "Tales of the Old Countrymen".

  • More Tales Old Poachers
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715301853 (0-7153-0185-3)
    Hardcover, David & Charles

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    A sequel to "Poacher's Tales", this collection of yarns captures the long-running battle of wits between poacher and gamekeeper. The author reveals not only the illicit thrills, old tricks and bloody affrays in moonlit woods but also the brutality and injustices of the poaching wars.

  • Martin, Brian P.: Sporting Birds of Britain & Ireland
    Sporting Birds of Britain & Ireland
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 071530075X (0-7153-0075-X)
    Hardcover, David & Charles

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    Revised and updated to include the latest trends and population figures, this book details the natural history and status of the sporting birds of Britain and Ireland. The first edition won the Prix Litteraire of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, in 1986. The 33 detailed accounts of those species still shot cover range and distribution, history and conservation, population, habitat, identification, food and feeding habits, general behaviour (with special regard to sport), breeding, migration and movements, voice, the shooting seasons and cooking the bag. The text is complemented by 16 specially-commissioned colour plates by the sporting-bird artist, Rodger McPhail, flight silhouettes, line drawings and photographs. Distribution maps for every species are based on material supplied by the British Trust for Ornithology, and show main migration routes as well as population density. The author's other books include "Tales of the Old Gamekeepers", "The Glorious Grouse" and "Birds of Prey of the British Isles".

  • Sporting Birds of the British Isles
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715384473 (0-7153-8447-3)
    Hardcover, David & Charles

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    Man's dynamic influence on our environment and on our wildlife means that bird books quickly become obsolete. Laws' populations and public attitudes are changing all the time and this unique book, written specifically for the bird shooter, could hardly come at a better time; soon after the implementation of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which removed thirteen species from the UK quarry lists. The author, a keen shooter and countryman for many years, has compiled detailed accounts of thirty-three species on the list; not only are all the quarry species of gamebird, geese, ducks and waders included but also the pest birds, such as woodpigeon, feral pigeon, collared dove and the crow family. He concentrates on those aspects which are of particular interest to the shooter: identification (rather than unnecessarily detailed descriptions of plumage which would be visible only at close range); movements; behaviour; the law; feeding habits and cooking the bag. There is also information on each species' history, range and distribution, habitat, voice, breeding and population, plus a bold look at the future prospects of each bird. Status in the Republic of Ireland is also covered.

  • Tales from the Country Pub
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715312413 (0-7153-1241-3)
    Softcover, David & Charles Publishers

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    Real ale, a hearty lunch, and a good dose of village gossip! That's what the traditional country pub once offered; but has that changed? Brian Martin traveled all through Britain to see, and he returns with many a tale and an illustrated record of rural richness and color. You'll eagerly drink up stories about the landlord who found an unusual way to warn fishermen of an arriving bailiff and the farmer who blew a hole in his friend's hat after filling an ashtray with gunpowder...not to mention the smallest pub in England and one with no name!

  • Martin, Brian P.: Tales from the Old Country Pubs (ISIS Reminiscence)
  • Tales of the Old Countrymen
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715398903 (0-7153-9890-3)
    Hardcover, David & Charles

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    Ranging from the tough times of Edwardian England to the relative comforts of today, this book describes the colourful and eventful lives of 13 humble countrymen. From farm labourer to mole-catcher and from beekeeper to hurdle-maker, their tales represent the experiences of hardworking country folk and reflect the enormous changes in rural life this century. There are also extracts from earlier writings which offer insights into the countryman's life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The author's other books include "Tales of the Old Gamekeepers" and "Sporting Birds of the British Isles", which won the Prix Litteraire of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation in 1986.

  • Tales of the Old Gamekeepers
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715309528 (0-7153-0952-8)
    Softcover, David & Charles

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    A rich evocation of our gamekeeping heritage captured through the eyes of the keepers themselves before it fades forever into history.

  • Tales of the Old Villagers
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0715310038 (0-7153-1003-8)
    Softcover, David & Charles

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    Originally published in 1997, an illustrated collection of real life tales about traditional village communities and their inhabitants. It is written by the author of TALES OF THE OLD GAMEKEEPERS and is based on villagers encountered on travels throughout the British Isles.

  • BRIAN P. MARTIN: Tales of Time and Tide: Stories of Life on Britain's Shores and Coasts (ISIS Reminiscence)
  • Tales Old Countrymen
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 071531002X (0-7153-1002-X)
    Softcover, David & Charles

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    Ranging from the tough times of Edwardian England to the relative comforts of today, this book describes the colourful and eventful lives of 13 humble countrymen. From farm labourer to mole-catcher and from beekeeper to hurdle-maker, their tales represent the experiences of hardworking country folk and reflect the enormous changes in rural life this century. There are also extracts from earlier writings which offer insights into the countryman's life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Martin, Brian P.: Tramways in Britain
    Tramways in Britain
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0906173027 (0-906173-02-7)
    Softcover, Brennan Publications

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  • Treasured Tales of the Countryside: Collected Memories of a Bygone Era
    by Brian P. Martin , John Humphreys, Tom Quinn, Valerie Porter, Jennifer Davies, Euan Corrie, Jean Stone, Louise Brodie
    ISBN 0715316451 (0-7153-1645-1)
    Hardcover, David & Charles

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    An evocative compilation of anecdotes that reflect country life as it was in the first half of the 20th century, when the main power of a farm was still horse power, when a network of branch railway lines still criss-crossed the countryside and before poaching became big business. Taken from the "Tales of the Countryside" series, this is the second collection of interviews and anecdotes garnered from characters like Violet Mould who spent almost the whole of her life travelling England's inland waterways, or George Ranger, a Surrey farrier for over 50 years who never rode a horse. The 21 first-person reminiscences included here have captured the memories of a fast-disappearing breed of country people. They tell of poachers and gamekeepers, huntsmen and horses, farmers and the men and women who lived and worked on the big country estates between the two World Wars.

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  • World Birds
    by Brian P. Martin
    ISBN 0851128912 (0-85112-891-2)
    Hardcover, Guinness Superlatives

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    Product Details Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Guinness Superlatives (November 1987) Language: English ISBN-10: 0851128912 ISBN-13: 978-0851128917 Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,929,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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