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Books by Tony Hall

Gardening with Drought-Friendly Plants

Gardening with Drought-Friendly Plants

Author: Tony Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2020

This is the essential guide to the plants suited to our changing climate of warmer, drier summers, written by Kew expert Tony Hall. With over 20 years' experience of working with drought-friendly and Mediterranean plants, Tony profiles more than 200 plant species and cultivars suitable for all types of gardens and garden situations, large and small. He offers tips and advice on maintenance and pruning, and shows us the ideal plants to leave whilst you go on holiday. The book is arranged by plant type and includes annuals and biennials, bulbs, climbers, perennials, shrubs, succulents and trees. There are also quick-reference guides to planting flowers by month, plant colours, fragrant plants and plants for attracting wildlife to the garden.

Town Planning

Town Planning

Author: Tony Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2019

The planning of urban and rural areas requires thinking about where people will live, work, play, study, shop and how they will get about the place, and to devise strategies for long time periods. Town Planning: The Basics provides a general introduction to the components of urban areas, including housing, transportation and infrastructure, and health and environment, showing how appropriate policies can be developed. Explaining planning activity at different scales of operation, this book distinguishes between the big stuff , the grand strategy for providing homes, jobs and infrastructure; the medium stuff , the design and location of development; and the small stuff affecting mainly small sites and individual households. Planning as an activity is part of a complex web stretching way beyond the planning office, and this book provides an overview of the many components needed to create a successful town. It is invaluable to anyone with an interest in planning, from students learning about the subject for the first time to graduates thinking about embarking on a career in planning, to local councillors on planning committees and community boards.

Town Planning

Town Planning

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2019

The planning of urban and rural areas requires thinking about where people will live, work, play, study, shop and how they will get about the place, and to devise strategies for long time periods. Town Planning: The Basics provides a general introduction to the components of urban areas, including housing, transportation and infrastructure, and health and environment, showing how appropriate policies can be developed. Explaining planning activity at different scales of operation, this book distinguishes between the big stuff , the grand strategy for providing homes, jobs and infrastructure; the medium stuff , the design and location of development; and the small stuff affecting mainly small sites and individual households. Planning as an activity is part of a complex web stretching way beyond the planning office, and this book provides an overview of the many components needed to create a successful town. It is invaluable to anyone with an interest in planning, from students learning about the subject for the first time to graduates thinking about embarking on a career in planning, to local councillors on planning committees and community boards.

Falconry Basics

Falconry Basics

Falconry is an ancient and noble art, still practiced today by falconers throughout the world. While, these days, falconry birds are mostly bred in captivity, they are still wild, independent animals and owning and training them requires the right commitment, knowledge and skills. Falconry Basics is designed to provide those new to falconry with the essential information they need, including the basics of types of birds and their individual characteristics; acquiring the proper equipment; how best to care for and maintain healthy birds, and all aspects of training, flying and hunting. Accompanied by diagrams and line drawings throughout, and with additional material, such as a glossary of falconry terms, this newly revised and updated edition offers a comprehensive, practical guide for a whole new generation of falconers.

The Immortal Yew

The Immortal Yew

Author: Tony Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2018

Yew trees are some of the oldest living organisms in Europe, with particular individuals thought to be over 2,000 years old. Often found growing in churchyards, the English yew or common yew (Taxus baccata) is surrounded in myth and mystery, and its influence can be found throughout history. In The Immortal Yew author Tony Hall takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the ancient yew trees of Britain and Ireland, exploring their mythology and folklore. Tony provides profiles on over 75 publicly accessible yews, with details on their appearance, location, folklore and history, all accompanied with photographs of these stunning individuals. Each tree has its own story to tell, from fragmented, sprawling trunks, ones you can sit inside of, and ancient individuals propped up. Tony describes that many of the magnificent ancient yew trees alive today are situated in churchyards, but are thought to be pre-Christian, pre-dating the churches they sit beside. Being an evergreen tree, the yew was believed to be particularly sacred and long associated with rebirth, and as a result many of the churchyards where ancient yews grow were originally sites of Druid or Celtic worship. The link between churches and the yew became so established that when new churches were built, yew trees were planted next to them. This book is a wonderful souvenir and celebration of our native yew trees, perfect to dip in and out of, and provides an excuse to go and visit these living figures of history.

Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning

Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning

Author: Tony Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

This book examines and illustrates the potential of narrative technology, the integration and synthesis of storytelling and digital media in education. Storytelling is a foundational and powerful process in all learning and teaching, and technology is becoming ever more ubiquitous and sophisticated, particularly in its capabilities to mediate and augment creative storytelling. The book begins with a foundational analysis of narrative use in education today, and provides a history of the emergence of narrative technology. It explores how the convergence of high-potential computing and storytelling practices and techniques can be used to enhance education, in particular the design of bespoke, interactive physical learning environments. The contemporary importance of educational design is highlighted throughout the book, which concludes with the SCEAL design-based research framework as a proposed systematic approach to the design of narrative technology in education. The book will be a valuable resource for educational designers, technologists, teachers and policymakers, especially those with an interest in the design and use of narrative technology in education.

Wild Plants of Southern Spain

Wild Plants of Southern Spain

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2017

Southern Spain, and Andalucia in particular, is home to many common garden plants, including daffodils, lavenders and shrubs. And yet it is also one of the most florally diverse regions in the world. This book will help you identify plants that range from the familiar to the astonishing. Author Tony Hall has visited Andalucia numerous times over the past 15 years, building his understanding of its flora and ecosystems, while recording his observations in notes and photography. In this book Tony shares his detailed understanding of the wild plants of the region, from plants of the sandy Mediterranean and Atlantic beaches, to some of the highest mountains in Europe. Over 500 species are beautifully illustrated throughout with over 600 high quality photos and distribution maps. This is an essential guide for anyone wanting to understand more about the flowers of this region.

The Robust City

The Robust City

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2016

Cities expand, upwards and outwards, and their physical structure can last a very long time, not just tens but hundreds of years. Nevertheless, they are rarely designed for expansion. Their layout does not allow for extension or for the retrofitting of infrastructure and can constrain, and often prevent, the growth and change of activities within them - cities are not 'robust' in their design. In other words, change is not planned for but involves costly reconstruction. The Robust City argues that a robust, expandable and sustainable urban form can be deduced from planning goals. Development should not just follow public transport corridors but should not be allowed beyond walking distance from them. This would create 'green enclaves' that would permit not only recreational access but also the retrofitting of infrastructure and the efficient circulation of motor vehicles. The same principles could also be applied within neighbourhoods and to facilitate the rational handling of urban intensification.

The Robust City

The Robust City

Author: Tony Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2015

Cities expand, upwards and outwards, and their physical structure can last a very long time, not just tens but hundreds of years. Nevertheless, they are rarely designed for expansion. Their layout does not allow for extension or for the retrofitting of infrastructure and can constrain, and often prevent, the growth and change of activities within them - cities are not 'robust' in their design. In other words, change is not planned for but involves costly reconstruction. The Robust City argues that a robust, expandable and sustainable urban form can be deduced from planning goals. Development should not just follow public transport corridors but should not be allowed beyond walking distance from them. This would create 'green enclaves' that would permit not only recreational access but also the retrofitting of infrastructure and the efficient circulation of motor vehicles. The same principles could also be applied within neighbourhoods and to facilitate the rational handling of urban intensification.

The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard

The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

A substantial backyard has long been considered an iconic feature of the Australian suburb. Nevertheless, since the mid 1990s, substantial backyards have largely disappeared from new suburban houses in Australia. The loss of the backyard has serious ecological implications, notably for biodiversity, microclimate and drainage, a trend rendered permanent by the changes to the housing stock. It appears to be the physical expression of the way that Australian lifestyles are changing for the worse, in particular longer working hours. This in turn raises issues about health and wellbeing, especially for children. Read an article in The Age about backyard design trends.

The Leadership Illusion

The Leadership Illusion

Author: Tony Hall, Karen Janman Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2009

This book is about the leadership illusion ; the habit of writers, researchers and leaders, when considering causes of success or failure, to focus mainly on the individual and often the context but rarely both. This book argues that context and individual are inextricably linked and we first must make sense of the context in which leaders operate.

Changing the Face of Hunger

Changing the Face of Hunger

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Struggling to mask his tears, Tony Hall followed a doctor through a mass of dying Ethiopians crying out for food and medicine-help that could not possibly arrive soon enough or in sufficient quantities to keep them alive. From that painful scene of hopelessness, Hall returned home with a new focus for his faith. Both as a U.S. Congressman and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, he has been a man with a mission. Tony used his passion, faith, and political skills to solicit the aid of those able to help. And as he worked with liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, and people of very different faiths, he stumbled into a remarkable discovery. He found that people who regularly live at odds often are willing to join forces in helping those who are abjectly poor and hungry. I've learned not only that people can work together across differences . . . but our diversity gives us strength. Let Tony capture your heart with his dream that we may put aside differences and join hands to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and discover the importance of life. .

Twilight Cafe and Flag Woman

Twilight Cafe and Flag Woman

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2006

Red House [Fire! Fire!]

Red House [Fire! Fire!]

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2004

Jean and Dinah

Jean and Dinah

Author: Tony Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2002