Duncan Mackay (author)

whispersWhispers of Better Things: The Social Impact of the Hill Family by Duncan Mackay (author)


Monday, 8 May 2017: Duncan Mackay on the radio!

Tune in! TRP author, Duncan Mackay will be a guest for 45 minutes between 3 – 3.45 p.m. on the Bill Buckley Show on BBC Radio Berkshire,  Monday, 8 May 2017! Duncan will entertain with stories he has collected for his … Continue reading

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Just published: “The Red One”…..a book about Reading

A truly pocket-sized history of Reading: 145 million years in 75 pages! …how a landscape’s deep structures bear shapingly upon its surface textures – and how vital a sense of place is to our dreams, our visions, and the quiet … Continue reading

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red-one-finalReading: The Place of the People of the Red One by Duncan Mackay (author)


Friday, May 22, 2015: Duncan Mackay takes EAT WILD to Stockholm, Sweden: May 18 registration deadline!

If you happen to be in Stockholm, Sweden on May 22, 2015 and are interested in food and sustainability, consider attending the seminar, The role of food culture for a sustainable landscape heritage,   at Swedish National Heritage Board, Storgatan 41, Stockholm. … Continue reading

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October Book of the Month: Bizzare Berkshire

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, every month we are discounted one of our books by 20% for the whole month; all the others are discounted 20% on the 20th of the each month! Lots of 20s…..!! October’s book is … Continue reading

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June’s Book of the Month – 20% off!

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, every month we are discounted one of our books by 20% for the whole month; all the others are discounted 20% on the 20th of the each month! Lots of 20s…..!!! June’s book is … Continue reading

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Tuesday October 8, 2013: Foraging and Wild Cooking with Duncan MacKay

Are you mystified by mushrooms? Learn how to identify what is edible and tasty, and what not to eat. Tuesday 8th October, TRP author, Duncan MacKay is giving a talk about foraging and wild cooking at the Central Library in … Continue reading

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Duncan Mackay’s Bizarre Berkshire in the Henley Standard – again!

February 6, 2012 The Henley Standard has covered another of the stories from Duncan Mackay’s A to Z collection of strange and true tales of people and events in Berkshire (Bizarre Berkshire): that of the shrine of Our Lady of … Continue reading

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Duncan Mackay’s Bizarre Berkshire in the Henley Standard

January 23, 2012 The Henley Standard has covered one of the stories from Duncan Mackay’s A to Z collection of strange and true tales of people and events in Berkshire (Bizarre Berkshire): that of Thomas Day, who believed that people … Continue reading

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Review: Ghost Club reviews Duncan Mackay’s Bizarre Berkshire

2/12/11 This review is to be published in a forthcoming newsletter of The Ghost Club. BIZARRE BERKSHIRE by DUNCAN MacKAY, published 2012 by Two Rivers Press, 7 Denmark Road, Reading RG1 5PA Pb. 103 pages, scraperboard illustrations by Sally Castle. … Continue reading

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Friday, 2 December, 2011 at 15:00: author, Duncan Mackay on BBC Radio Berkshire

_________________________________________________________ Duncan Mackay, author of ‘The Secret Thames’ (1992), ‘Apples, Berkshire, Cider’ (1996), ‘Eat Wild’ (2010), and Bizarre Berkshire (2011), will be interviewed on The Sarah Walker show (with Susanne Courtney sitting in), on BBC Radio Berkshire at 15:00, on … Continue reading

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Biz BarkBizarre Berkshire by Duncan Mackay (author) Sally Castle (artist, letterer)


22 October 2011 – Apple Day at MERL

Duncan MacKay’s book ABC book “Apples, Berkshire, Cider” will be featured at MERL’s Apple Day. The event is part of Common Ground’s annual celebration of apples and orchards, will include tastings of different varieties of apples, chutneys and apple juice, … Continue reading

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Eat-Wild-cover-smallEat Wild by Duncan Mackay (author) Sally Castle (artist, letterer)


The Yorkshire Post talks to Duncan Mackay about Eat Wild

Duncan Mackay talks about his new book, Eat Wild, in the Yorkshire Post “All food comes from ‘somewhere’ and the food in Eat Wild comes from somewhere near you,” continues Duncan. “It celebrates food inches not food miles. It encourages … Continue reading

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The Sunday Sun talks to Duncan Mackay about Eat Wild

Excerpted from interview with Duncan in the Sunday Sun. Going wild in the country kitchen Apr 25 2010 by Tom Mullen, Sunday Sun FORGET fast food . . . why not forage for “feral food” in the North countryside? That’s … Continue reading

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Duncan Mackay is the author of The Secret Thames, a cultural journey along the Thames from source to sea, published by Ebury in 1990; and, Apples, Berkshire, Cider, an A–Z guide to the lost knowledge of Berkshire apples and all things pomological and ciderish, published by Two Rivers Press in 1996. He is currently writing the manuscript for Long, Slow and Wiggly, a cross-section of UK life as experienced on a folding bicycle following the longest straight line in Britain: from the Isle of Wight to Cape Wrath. He is a regular contributor to ecos, the magazine of the British Association of Nature Conservationists. In 1996 he was awarded the Henry Ford European Award for Conservation. Duncan was Commodore of Henley Sailing Club from 2004–2006, and currently works for Natural England.