The Lakeland Books of the Year were announced yesterday at a literary lunch at Armathwaite Hall on Bassenthwaite Lake. It is an event that everyone in the Cumbrian book world looks forward to with hope (maybe this year we have won something!) and because it gives such a boost to readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, designers and printers in the county. The standard of entries gets better every year. It’s great that Hunter Davies continues to front these awards despite the loss of his wife, Margaret Forster, and giving up his home in the Lake District.
We didn’t win but… were delighted that Helen Shacklady’s history of Ulverston made the long list. It was hard not to be disappointed that Kay’s Ark wasn’t among the contenders but Kerry Darbishire was thrilled and gratified when Eric Robson, one of the judges of the awards gave it a special mention. He has clearly loved the book. So well done Helen and Kerry. You have done Handstand Press proud.
Here is the list of winners.
Striding Edge Prize for Guides and Places. THE LAKELAND DALES, by Robert Gamble
Latitude Prize for Illustration and Presentation. NOWT BUT FLEEIN’ THING, by Al Phizacklea and Mike Crocker
Zeffirelli’s Prize for People and Business. DONALD CAMPBELL – AN ODYSSEY IN SPEED, by David de Lara
Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition. THE MARCHES , by Rory Stewart
Bookends Prize for Arts and Literature and Lakeland Book of the Year. HOW TO MEASURE A COW, by Margaret Forster.