Art: A New History by Paul Johnson is an idiosyncratic and passionate history, perhaps old-fashioned to art historians but appealing to museum-goers, says Clive Aslet

Is a new style of supermarket threatening the burgeoning farmer's market industry in London? Holly Kirkwood investigates.

The Baltic Island of Oland is one of the finest places in Europe to watch birds on the move, says David Tomlinson who marvelled at the copious quantities of robins…

Hunting: A Portrait by Anne Holland is a handsomely-illustrated and provocatively-timed introduction to hunting, says Michael Sissons

The Laskett, Roy Strong's tale of a garden of love and hope is a masterpiece, says Clive Aslet.

A new exhibition at the V&A challenges the perception that art in late medieval England played a secondary role to civil and religious warfare. Though many of the treasures were…

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (author of Girl with a Pearl Earring) evokes in the reader a passion for tapestry where previously there was none, says Clive…

There is far more to the Balearic Islands than is commonly perceived: Arabella Youens sheds new light on these surprisingly varied isles.

Save Gwrych Castle

Once a splendid 19th-century Gothic castle, Gwrych has been reduced to a shell by squatters, vandals and arson. An 18-year-old history student is spearheading a campaign to restore it.

Ferenc Máté's tragicomic attempts to find and purchase his dream property in Tuscany make for an entertaining read

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If only one book on the repair and maintenance of old houses was permitted on the bookshelf, Matthew Slocombe recommends this one as an authoritative, jargon-free source of information.

Ursula Buchan's approach to gardening is witty and refreshing and her book, Good in a Bed, showcases the very best of her writing, making for a very pleasant read.

Damson and sloe gin is best made in the summer months while the fruits are at their most succulent. Chris Barber passes on his surefire recipe

Galway County Council has introduced laws to stop English-speaking settlers building new homes on the scenic Connemara coastline.