‘String of Pearls’: Landscape and literature of the Lake District by Compiled by Margaret Wilson and photographs by Helen Shaw.

Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the USA wrote while on a cycle tour in 1906: ‘No doubt God could have made a lovelier country than the Lake District, but I cannot believe that he ever did’

He wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last person to muse on the the magnificent fells and dramatic waters of the Lakes District. Poets like William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey to todays thriller writers such as Reginald Hill and Val McDermid have all seen the mystery and wonder of the area.

Many chose to make it their home, others visit for inspiration.

Famously Beatrix Potter not only made her home here, but through her work preserving traditional farms and livestock breeds her early conservation practices have secured the landscape we see today.

Margaret Wilson has capture much of that mystery and wonder in this beautifully produced and illustrated anthology by selecting both popular and lesser known literary extracts and partnered with commissioned photography by Helen Shaw. 

For those fortunate to visit the Lake District ‘A String of Pearls’ is a literary and visual guide to our beautiful living heritage landscape – and for those who can only dream of coming it is a perfect book to make your own travels through.

String of Pearls is published by Merlin Unwin Books

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