'A beautifully told account', says Wisden of Duncan Hamilton's The Kings of Summer: 'He's a man who appreciates the theatre of cricket, and he writes about each change of pace and mood with equal elegance... There is a particular pleasure in reading him on the long stretches of the game when nothing much happens: "as the sun drops, the shadows become fantastically long and lamp-black, but the pitch remains in intense sunshine, like a lit stage... One moment passes into the next, beautifully seductive. Someone bowls. Someone bats. Someone fields." Glorious.'
Metro, the morning freesheet newspaper with a huge daily readership across London, features an article by Andy Merriman about his daughter Sarah and the new book they've collaborated on, A Major Adjustment.
The Londonist website - these days the go-to place for interesting and lefty-field ideas for things to do in the capital - now features an article by Paul Wood, author of London's Street Trees, on the ten best London pubs for checking out both good beer and unusual street trees:
On publication day, and to commemorate World Down's Syndrome Day, the popular daytime ITV show Loose Women featured Andy and Sarah Merriman talking about A Major Adjustment with Ruth Langsford, Janet Street-Porter and Kelly Brook.
ProArb, a respected magazine for tree officers and urban foresters, has reviewed London's Street Trees: 'A book celebrating the diversity of London's trees ... is a pleasure for anyone - from a reader with a casual interest to a tree officer looking to diversify their stock.'
We are very pleased with the forthcoming review in January's edition of the Royal Horticultural Society's The Garden.
Owen Johnson says “This competitively priced guide is a joy for gardeners and plantaholics everywhere... provides a thoroughly fitting tribute to the largest and most fascinating living features of our everyday environment.”
For the second year running, Safe Haven Books has collaborated with the Cricket Society to produce a beautiful and unique Christmas card using another of the photographs from its acclaimed study of the cricket ground in winter, Snow Stopped Play. This year's features the legendary lime tree at Kent’s St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
The Kings of Summer is one of the Guardian’s Sport Books of the Year 2017
‘Cricket fans will cherish Duncan Hamilton’s The Kings of Summer – a gem that celebrates the remarkable climax of the 2016 County Championship while fearing for the long game’s future.’
London’s Street Trees is one of the Guardian’s Nature Books of the Year 2017
Stephen Moss writes about London's Street Trees in the Guardian “...adds a fascinating new dimension to any walk through the city.”
He goes on to say, 'Small, independent publishers such as Safe Haven continue to outperform in this field.'
London’s Street Trees sells out just six months after publication – a reprint is under way and anticipated before Christmas. Here’s a picture of it in prime position in the main gift shop at Tate Modern.