Jane Eastoe

Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for more than 30 years.

She worked in the fashion business press, reviewing the international collections and interviewing designers from Galliano to Gaultier. With a young family and in search of a more fulfilling life, she moved from London to the Kent countryside developing her interest in plants, flowers, herbs, fruit, and foraging for wild food. While in Kent she also wrote extensively about travel.

Now residing in Northumberland, very close to the Scottish border, Jane delights in exploring the British landscape and in learning more about plants and wildlife. She has a keen interest in history and gardening and has been able to combine these varied passions in her many books, several of which were linked to television series.

Jane is married, has 2.5 children, two dogs, three cats and occasionally some hens.

She has two more books being published in 2019; Tulips, a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates these spectacular flowers, and Ruins, which explores the stories behind Britain's abandoned abbeys, country houses, castles and more.


A Cottage in the Country

Vintage Roses

Elizabeth Reigning in Style

Peonies celebrates the delicate palette, sumptuous beauty and sweet perfume of one of the world’s favourite flowers. Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned photography, this beautiful companion shows you how easy it is to grow these bountiful blooms and fill your home with spectacular cut flowers. Peonies was selected as one of the Sunday Times' Best Gardening Books of 2018. 240 pages, Pavilion, 2018

Inspirational Hideaways is the sub-title of this beautiful book that describes 37 National Trust properties in England and Wales. From rustic workers' cottages to the inspirational homes of Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf, from pretty thatches to imposing stone follies, the fascinating stories of their history and the lives of the people who have called them home are revealed. Stunning photography of the exteriors and interiors brings these beautiful and historic properties alive

160 pages, National Trust, 2017

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the ageless style and grace of the world's favourite flower. This contemporary companion shows how easy it is to grow these exquisite blooms and fill your home with spectacular cut flowers. From the strikingly simple to the deliciously over-blown, you will discover an enchanting selection of true Old Roses alongside the best modern varieties. Over 60 roses are brought to life with fresh commentary and no-fuss growing advice.

240 pages. Pavilion, 2016

Published to coincide with Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this sartorial biography takes a fond look at Her Majesty's wardrobe. From glamorous, wasp-waisted style icon to majestic Head of State, Queen Elizabeth's distinctive personal style reflects cultural and social changes and reveals a rare understanding of the value of impeccable dressing. Beautifully illustrated, this book shows the extraordinary care, planning and sheer hard work behind the Queen's unique style.

112 pages. Pavilion, 2012

Fabulous Frocks (Second Edition)

Britain by Bike

The Art of Taxidermy

Victorian Pharmacy

By Jane Eastoe & Sarah Gristwood The second edition of this superb pictorial history of women's dresses contains new images and more pages than the 2008 version. Thematic chapters, alternately written by Jane Eastoe and Sarah Gristwood, set out the inspirations and implications for each change of style. The inclusive international approach includes the best of British, European, American and Japanese designers. All levels from couture to high street are reviewed. From Gres' draping to Dior's New Look, from Quant's mini to Chalayan's mechanical marvels, this book is a celebration of the dress.

208 pages. Batsford, 2013

Winner, by public vote, of a Hay Festival / National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year 2011 award. Winner of The Best British Book Award & The Book of the Year Award at The British Book Design & Production Awards 2010. Celebrating the joys of exploring the UK by pedal power, Britain by Bike accompanied the BBC television series of the same name. It is based on the evocative Cycle Touring Guides produced 60 years ago by Harold Briercliffe. He lovingly described a world of unspoiled villages, cycle tour clubs and major landmarks. The six regions in the original guides are supplemented by new areas.

218 pages. Batsford, 2010

A striking and thought-provoking exploration of the fine art of taxidermy from its early roots in science and education to modern applications in fine art and cutting-edge media. The book, expertly introduced by contemporary artist Polly Morgan, takes a fresh look at an historical and controversial subject. It explores the genre's intriguing past, peopled with obsessive collectors and alpha male trophy hunters. It follows the development of the craft, charts its moves in and out of fashion and explains the new green approach to utilising the skin of dead animals.

160 pages. Pavilion, October 2012

Accompanying a highly successful BBC television series, produced by Lion TV, this book examines the growth of the modern chemist. The fascinating story of the emergence of highstreet healthcare is filled with much detailed information on drugs, medicines, cures and other products, presented in a highly readable style. Victorian Pharmacy describes how the most up-to-date medical advances were sold alongside centuries-old herbal remedies and traditional cures. While the new public health measures of the era attempted to improve conditions at a national level, the accompanying appearance of chemists such as Boots gave the British nation unprecedented access to new medicines, products and treatments.

224 pages. Pavilion, 2010

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

Fashion The Whole Story

Fabulous Frocks (First Edition)

Elisabetta: Lo Stile Di Una Regina

Designed to inspire sofa-bound children to explore and play in the great outdoors, this National Trust book is aimed at girls as well as boys. Jane Eastoe was one of a number of contributors and her own ideas were added to those suggested by the National Trust, whose aim was to get youngsters excited about and involved in the natural world.

96 pages. Batsford, 2013

A sumptuous overview of the history of fashion, edited by Marnie Fogg, this chronological book traces the evolution of the subject period by period and trend by trend. Three essays were written by Jane Eastoe: Daytime Decorum, an examination of female dressing in the 1950s; Fashion Valkyries, an appreciation of the style of Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana and Antony Price; and Second-Skin Clothes, a review of body-concious womenswear styles in stretch fabrics from the 1970s and 1980s.

576 pages. Thames & Hudson, 2013

By Jane Eastoe & Sarah Gristwood A sumptuous pictorial celebration of women's dresses, Fabulous Frocks looks at this essential staple of a woman's wardrobe over 100 years.

200 pages. Pavilion, 2008

The Italian edition of Elizabeth Reigning In Style underlines the international fascination with Britain's stylish monarch.

112 pages. Pavilion, 2013

The National Trust Book of the Countryside

Good Housekeeping Herb Book

Good Housekeeping Organic Handbook

The Nation's Favourite Historic Places

Illustrated by more than 1,000 stunning photographs, The National Trust Book of the Countryside unlocks the fascinating development of the rolling hills, flower-filled meadows and spectacular coastlines of Britain. The remarkable countryside and its incredible wildlife are detailed in informative profiles. Part 1 covers major habitats and varied landscapes of the countryside. Part II explores specific areas of outstanding natural beauty, providing a fascinating insight into our glorious natural heritage. Jane Eastoe was the principal contributor to the book, writing 80% of Part I and all of Part II.

394 pages. National Trust, 2009

This is a celebration of herbs – their history, how to grow them, propagate them, and maintain them. It examines myriad practical applications from cooking to cosmetics, medicines and household applications. A beautifully illustrated herb directory features 65 of the most commonly used varieties, from familiar culinary plants such as basil, sage, parsley and thyme to lesser-known plants such as lovage, alexanders and sweet bergamot.

192 pages. HarperCollins, 2002

By Jane Eastoe, Claire Clifton, Mary Lambert and Jo Younger Winner of Best Organic Book 2001 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. An essential reference guide to organic living, the Good Housekeeping Organic Handbook reveals everything one needs to know about how to eat, drink and live organically. Jane Eastoe wrote the chapters on organic gardening and "growing your own" vegetables and herbs. Running an organic flower garden was also covered in her section.

192 pages. HarperCollins, 2001

By Jane Eastoe and Anny Kilbourne Linked to a fascinating series called Britain's Best, from UKTV History, The Nation's Favourite Historic Places presents the top 100 UK attractions as compiled from viewers' nominations and votes. It takes the reader on a grand tour of Great Britain exploring the best of its historic houses, palaces, gardens, ancient sites and religious buildings.

252 pages. Pavilion, 2007


Home-grown fruit

Wild Food

Hedgerow and Wildlife

Jane Eastoe has written eight books in a series for The National Trust. They provide inspiration and offer practical advice for would-be smallholders. These books, essentially pocket-sized introductory guides, give a taste of the good life for both rural and urban dwellers, no matter how small their garden. This best-selling guidebook explores everything you need to know about henkeeping including care, housing, common problems and a breed directory.

96 pages. Collins & Brown, 2007

Learn the basics about growing your own fruit with a step-by-step planting guide, advice on cultivation and harvesting and how to make preserves.

96 pages. Collins & Brown, 2007

A practical guide to collecting food in the wild. Learn how to identify fruit, flowers, nuts, seeds, leaves, roots, seafood and fungi, and how to use them.

96 pages. National Trust, 2008

Discover the history of the hedgerow, learn how to identify plants and wild flowers, and find out about the animals, birds and bugs that shelter there.

104 pages. National Trust, 2008




Bread Making

Learn about the most popular, easy-to-grow herbs, how to grow, harvest store and preserve them and try the delicious recipes.

96 pages. National Trust, 2009

A beginners’ guide to cultivating an allotment with details of over 60 easy-to-grow vegetables, fruits and flowers, how to sow, grow and harvest.

96 pages. National Trust, 2009

A practical guide to safely foraging for edible mushrooms with detailed descriptions, illustrations and delicious recipes.

96 pages. National Trust, 2011

This book reveals the basics of bread making from ingredients and techniques through to classic recipes, regional specialities and long-lost gems.

96 pages. National Trust, 2014

The new 2017 edition of Henkeeping


Grow Your Own Fruit

The new cover treatment for Henkeeping. Test.

94 pages, National Trust, 2017

A new title and a new cover treatment for Home-Grown Fruit.

94 pages, National Trust, 2017