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Fellwalking with Wainwright by Alfred Wainwright, Derry Brabbs
  

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Fellwalking with Wainwright by Alfred Wainwright, Derry Brabbs

For this spectacular new edition of the fell walking classic, virtually all the photographs have been retaken by Wainwright's original Lakeland photographer, Derry Brabbs. After completing his Pictorial Guides, A. Wainwright was persuaded to write a narrative, descriptive account of his eighteen favourite Lake District walks. Described by a man who was both a master fell walker and a lover of the hills with a rare facility for writing about them, the result is a book of unique quality. The text has been updated to take account of minor changes in the terrain and the result is not merely the most beautiful but also the most authoritative and useful book on the much loved Lakeland hills . For this new edition of the fell walking classic, virtually all the photographs have been retaken by the legendary lakeland photographer, Derry Brabbs. The result is the transformation of an already fine book into something spectacular.

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With Mr Wainwright's style so perfectly matched by Derry Brabbs
lingeringly evocative camera, the outcome for all those who truly love hills is a treasure and a minor classic. If the only place it was on sale were on top of Scafell, in a blizzard, on the shortest day in winter, I would still urge all aficionados to put on their boots and get up there while stocks lasted. Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

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. Derry Brabbs is regarded as one of England's finest photographers within the sphere of heritage and landscape, with over 20 illustrated books to his credit. His stunning colour photographs for the worldwide best-seller James Herriot's Yorkshire contributed to its success. He is the author of several beautifully photographed titles celebrating England's landscape and architectural legacy. Derry lives in Harrogate. To visit Derry Brabbs' website click here

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2006

Author

Alfred Wainwright, Derry Brabbs

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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Walking, hiking, trekking
Travel & holiday guides

ISBN

9780711226579

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