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    DescriptionA lively and personal selection, by Hunter Davies, of eighteen fells from the legendary A. Wainwright's unique Pictorial Guides. This fascinating and intensely readable account of the man and his work is now accompanied by more than three hundred pages from the second edition of the Pictorial Guides, brilliantly revised by Chris Jesty. This is the perfect introduction to the life and works of Wainwright: an ideal book for a first-time visitor or walker, and a great armchair read.


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    Title
    The Best of Wainwright (Lake District & Cumbria)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alfred Wainwright, Revised by Chris Jesty, Volume editor Hunter Davies
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 112 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 384 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780711231108
    ISBN 10: 0711231109
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.4
    BIC subject category V2: WSZC
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WTM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKENM
    BISAC V2.8: SPO050000
    DC22: 796.51094278
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKENM
    Thema V1.0: WTM, SZC
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    2 colour route maps and b/w hand-drawn illustrations
    Publisher
    Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    01 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Blackburn in 1907, Alfred Wainwright left school at the age of 13. A holiday at the age of 23 kindled a life-long love affair with the Lake District. Following a move to Kendal in 1941 he began to devote every spare moment he had to researching and compiling the original seven Pictorial Guides. He described these as his 'love letters' to the Lakeland Fells and at the end of the first, The Eastern Fells, he wrote about what the mountains had come to mean to him: "I suppose it might be said, to add impressiveness to the whole thing, that this book has been twenty years in the making, for it is so long, and more, since I first came from a smoky mill-town (forgive me, Blackburn!) and beheld, from Orrest Head, a scene of great beauty, a fascinating paradise, Lakeland's mountains and trees and water. That was the first time I had looked upon beauty, or imagined it, even. Afterwards I went often, whenever I could, and always my eyes were lifted to the hills. I was to find then, and it has been so ever since, a spiritual and physical satisfaction in climbing mountains - and a tranquil mind upon reaching their summits, as though I had escaped from the disappointments and unkindnesses of life and emerged above them into a new world, a better world. In due course I came to live within sight of the hills, and I was well content. If I could not be climbing, I was happy to sit idly and dream of them, serenely. Then came a restlessness and the feeling that it was not enough to take their gifts and do nothing in return. I must dedicate something of myself, the best part of me, to them. I started to write about them, and to draw pictures of them. Doing these things, I found they were still giving and I still receiving, for a great pleasure filled me when I was so engaged - I had found a new way of escape to them and from all else less worth while. Thus it comes about that I have written this book. Not for material gain, welcome though that would be (you see I have not escaped entirely!); not for the benefit of my contemporaries, though if it brings them also to the hills I shall be well pleased; certainly not for posterity, about which I can work up no enthusiasm at all. No, this book has been written, carefully and with infinite patience, for my own pleasure and because it has seemed to bring the hills to my own fireside. If it has merit, it is because the hills have merit." A. Wainwright died in 1991 at the age of 84. Hunter Davies is the author of over 30 books, many of them with a Lake District connection, as well as biographies of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Eddie Stobart. His authorised biography of Wainwright appeared in 1995. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and they divide their time between London and their Lake District home in Loweswater. Chris Jesty trained as a cartographer with the Ordnance Survey. He devised Scafell Pike Panorama, a guide to the view from the highest mountain in England, for which Wainwright provided illustrations. When Wainwright's health deteriorated, Chris helped him with the maps for two of his large-format books. Shortly before he died, Wainwright said that if ever the Pictorial Guides were to be revised, Chris Jesty should be given the job. He lives in Kendal.
    Review quote
    This is the perfect introduction to the life and works of Wainwright: an ideal book for the first-time visitor or walker and a great armchair read. Grange Now! A fascinating and intensely readable account. Keswick Reminder This is an opportunity to have the most up-to-date information for these classic fells throughout the Lake District. Footsteps