• Countryside Alliance Team

Top books to read during self-isolation

Updated: Apr 1

A number of you have been sharing your fun photos with us of how your pets are dealing with you working at home. We particularly like this photo of rescue Greyhound Luna reading a top 50 book list – do you have any recommendations Luna?

Luna really made us think about our favourite books and which titles we would recommend to help you, or a loved one, at this difficult and uncertain time.


One of the greatest joys of reading is that we can literally become another person whom we have never met, for an extended amount of time. Reading enables us to enter a different world an really get away from it all. It helps to build a critical mind and studies have shown reading relaxes you more than listening to your favorite music, going for a walk, or even enjoying a cup of tea.


Whilst we are all spending time at home, it is the perfect opportunity to dedicate time to some really good books. So, without further ado, here are this week’s top choices from the Countryside Alliance:

The Salt Path - Raynor Winn



Driven to despair by a terminal illness and the loss of their livelihood and home, Raynor and Moth Winn decide to walk the 630 mile South West Coast Path. A true story and a wonderful tale of triumph and love over despair and of love over everything. I found that the story represented good coming from huge challenges and resonated with me with what we are all going through. A wonderful positive read – just what’s needed at the moment!

A couple of nostalgic ones. Some of the oldies really are the best...

A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines


This book is probably better known as the film adaptation of Kes. The novel makes inspired reading with vivid descriptions of 1960s Britain in the full bloom of spring. Perfect timing as our gardens and trees come back to life. This coming of age story which is full of hope and humour still strikes a chord today.

All Creatures Great and Small – James Herriot

It really is worth re-reading these hilarious and honest memoirs of a country vet in Yorkshire. Lots of humour and tear jerking moments. Perfect for a quick uplifting read.


The Wild Journal: A Year of Nurturing Yourself Through Nature - Willow Crossley

Part fill-in journal, part practical guide and part personal account of a nature-lover’s life, the book includes craft activities inspired by the outdoors, tips for identifying wild flowers, star-gazing and bird-watching, plus guidance for plotting and planting according to seasons. The Wild Journal celebrates the potential of nature to mend, heal and transform moods and give us sanctuary from the chaotic world around us, whether living in a house or a flat, in town or in the country.


All of these books are available on Amazon and other good online book retailers.

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