John Muir's Birthplace | Friends' Publications

Friends of John Muir's Birthplace Publications

The Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace has produced a number of very readable, popular and affordable books to provide an insight to the life and times of John Muir. All the booklets are on sale at John Muir’s Birthplace, libraries in East Lothian, and the Scottish Seabird Centre.
The Friends will also supply copies by post. Please write with your address and a cheque made out to 'DJMA' for cost of book plus £1.50 p&p (UK only) to: FOJMB Publications, c/o John Muir's Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1JJ.
Due to the high cost of postage to overseas destinations and bank charges for foreign currency, the Friends are unable to send copies overseas.

John Muir Clifftop Trail

Cover of Clifftop Trail bookletPublished in 2002 by the then Dunbar’s John Muir Association, this guide to Dunbar’s dramatic coast and the easternmost part of the John Muir Country Park is intended to enhance a user’s experience by providing an insight into the history, landscape, flora and fauna that John Muir would have known as a boy.
48 pages with illustrations, many in colour, and card covers with a foldout route plan. £2.50


Still Walking the World; Quotations from the writings of John Muir

Cover of Still Walking the World bookletThis selection of favourite quotations was assembled in response to visitor comments at John Muir’s Birthplace. Published in 2007 by the Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace, some hundreds of John Muir’s most vivid passages illustrate the passions of this ‘reluctant writer’ and show why he is ‘still walking the world’ a century after his death.
52 pages with sources, black and white illustrations and bibliography in card covers. £3.50

John Muir: ‘Close to Nature’s Beating Heart’, by Will Collin

Cover of Close to Nature's Beating Heart bookletThis succinct and accessible biography highlights John Muir’s eventful 76 years from birth in Dunbar on 21 April, 1838 to his death in a Los Angles hospital on Christmas Eve, 1914. Published in 2007 by the Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace in response to visitor comments at John Muir’s Birthplace.
58 pages with footnotes, sources and black and white illustrations and bibliography in card covers. £3.50


John Muir’s Dunbar: a Town Trail, by David Anderson

Cover of John Muir's Dunbar bookletWith origins in the mid 1990s Millennium Commission bid by Dunbar’s John Muir Association the Town Trail is now in its third edition. The text dives into the Dunbar of the 1840s and follows in the footsteps of the young John Muir at home, at school, and at play. Wall markers at key sites link to the text, which in turn provides clear directions throughout. John Muir’s Dunbar was extensively revised and rewritten to include new findings and republished in 2008.
54 pages with black and white illustrations in card covers with a foldout route plan. £3.50


John Muir: a Scotchman Comes Home, by Will Collin

Published on 21 April 2009 to mark Homecoming Scotland 2009 and on the occasion of Muir's 171st Birthday. The fifth in the Friends' booklet series follows in the footsteps of John Muir on his only return to Scotland in 1893. The booklet also covers Muir's itinerary in England and Europe on the same trip, including the Lake District, Norwegian fjiords, Swiss glaciers and the Italian lakes.
63 pages with colour illustrations throughout and card covers. £3.50. 
Walking the John Muir Way, by Robert Russel
The newest addition to the Friends' "Wee Books" is a guide to the John Muir way, a 73 km walking route along the East Lothian coast. This Dunglass to Fisherrow trail is the county's contribution to the North sea Trail, a project bringing together walks in seven countries that border John Muir's "stormy North Sea". In his text Robert explores the sights and natural history along the route in five short sections, each with a detailed map. Suggestions of more to see and do along the way are provided and public transport options are outlined.
58 pages in full colour with 5 route maps, photographs throughout and card covers. £3.50.
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