At the AWARDS LUNCHEON (held Tuesday, 11th July 2017)
The James Cropper 33rd Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year WINNER was announced.
It is THE MARCHES,
by Rory Stewart.
A vivid account of the author's 30-day journey - on foot - along the border between England & Scotland. It also won the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition.
"I felt great anxiety taking on the Lake District; every stream has been written about so carefully, described so beautifully, and perfectly clarified in three hundred years of the best of English writing which I cannot hope to emulate. It was therefore a difficult book to write. But it was also the one of which I am most proud."
Five other categories were judged for prizes in 2017:
The Striding Edge Productions Prize for Guides and Places:
The Lakeland Dales
by Robert Gamble
The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration and Presentation:
Nowt but a Fleein' Thing
by Al Phizacklea and Mike Cocker
The Zeffirellis Prize for People and Business:
Donald Campbell - An Odyssey in Speed
by David de Lara
The Bookends Prize for Arts and Literature:
How to Measure a Cow
by Margaret Forster
The Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition:
written by Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart