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Reading Recommendations for Cotswolds Tours

Here is a list of books and guides intended to provide suggestions for informative and pleasurable reading. It is offered in the conviction that a considerable part of a trip's enjoyment begins before leaving home. Your local library and book store may have these and other books of interest about the Cotswolds.


  • A History of Bristol & Gloucestershire by Brian Smith; Darwen Finlayson Pub., 1972
  • A History of Cheltenham by Gwen Hart; A Sutton Pub., 1981
  • A Thousand Years of the English Parish by Anthea Jones; Windrush Press, 2000
  • Cotswold Images by Alan Sutton and Jon. Hudson; A Sutton Pub., 1989
  • Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney by Ivor Gurney; Oxford Univ. Press, 1982
  • Collected Prose by James E. Flecker; AMS Pr., reprint of 1920 ed.
  • Cotswold Stone Homes by Michael Hill & Sarah Birch; A Sutton Pub., 1994
  • Cotswold Tales by Alan Sutton; A Sutton Pub., 1993
  • Cotswold Village by Joseph A. Gibbs; A Sutton Pub., 1993
  • Cotswold Yeomen and Sheep by Richard O. Garne; St Mut., 1989
  • Discovering the Cotswolds by Charles W. Withers; St Mut., 1989
  • England ’s Thousand Best Churches by Simon Jenkins; Allen Lane/Penguin Press, 1999
  • Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson; Viking Penguin, 1974
  • Laurie Lee (The Weell Loved Stranger) by Valerie Grove; Penguin, 1999
  • Selected Poems of Ivor Gurney by Ivor Gurney; Oxford Univ. Press, 1990
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswold by Mary Greensted; A Sutton Pub., 1993
  • The Cotswold Way : A Walk Through Middle-Earth by Richard Hayward; Brit. Footpaths, 1992
  • The Cotswolds by Paul Felix; A Sutton Pub., 1985
  • The Cotswolds by Brian S. Smith; A Sutton Pub., 1992
  • The Edge of Day by Laurie Lee; Trafalgar, 1994
  • Cotswolds; AA-Ordnance Survey Leisure Guide Series; Hunter NJ, 1992
  • Cotswolds Walks; Ordnance Survey Pathfinder Guides Series; Seven Hills Book Dist., 1993
  • My Love Affair with England : A Traveler’s Memoir by Susan A. Toth; Ballantine, 1994
  • The Cotswolds by Richard Sale; Visitor’s Guide Series, 2nd ed.; Hunter NJ, 1989
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death and others in the Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton
  • Hons & Rebels by Jessica Mitford
  • The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  • Thrush Green, Winter in Thrush Green, News from Thrush Green and others in the Thrush Green series by Miss (Dora Saint) Read

Note: This list was kindly compiled by Marion Simplicio, a professional librarian, whose delightful companionship we have all enjoyed on our trips, and by Christopher Knowles, our principal guide in the Cotswolds.




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