1Which? Guide to Country Shopping, pounds 13.99. This guide is for shoppers who have had enough of the high-street and prefer the thrill of the chase, tracking down out of the way farm shops and cottage industries. Freephone 0800-252100 for nearest stockist.

2Food Lovers Guide to Britain, pounds 12.99. A must for all foodies. Fill your fridge with regional delicacies often overlooked by the supermarkets. Entries, organised by region, include mail order details, prices and consumer comments. Bookshops nationwide.

3The Factory Shopping and Sightseeing Guide, pounds 3.99. Temper your shopping tendencies with a bit of culture. Divided into regional tours with key tourist sights punctuating the discount shops and factory outlets. Call credit card hotline 01367 860016 to order.

4The She Magazine Guide to Shopping from Home, pounds 7.99. Brilliant round- up of mail order catalogues selling everything from groovy clothes for expectant mothers to furniture for your child's bedroom. Credit card hotline freephone 0500-418 419.

5Time Out Guide to Shopping and Service in London, pounds 6.00. The guide to what London has to offer in terms of retail therapy. Chapters are divided into specific sub-headings taking you swiftly to your heart's desire. From London newsagents and bookshops.

6London Markets Guide, pounds 9.99. Essential for tourists and Londoners alike. Entries include opening hours, ambience and most important of all what you can buy. The guide excels on the history of each market. Published July 5, call Cadogan 0171-738 1961.