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LifeOfBriony Mon 13-Nov-17 20:59:15

I'm going away for a long weekend in the Lake District at the end of the month, and would like to read something set in that area during the week before I go and while I am there. Any recommendations? Nothing too long, or too heavy going - I have read the Herries books but need something shorter and more contemporary at the moment.


Pancakeflipper Mon 13-Nov-17 21:02:27

James Rebanks book is surprisingly wonderful

HarrietVane99 Mon 13-Nov-17 21:05:59

Swallows and Amazons and its sequels. Essential reading for Lake District holidays. Not short, but not heavy going either.

outabout Mon 13-Nov-17 21:06:10

Unless I am mistaken, (pretty likely) Swallows and Amazons?

outabout Mon 13-Nov-17 21:08:14

Harriet beat me to it!
How about some of Wainrights books. Although they are mostly travel guides I feel some may have a bit of narrative and are so well written you can imagine the walks.

LifeOfBriony Mon 13-Nov-17 21:09:28

I forgot Swallows and Amazons - I read them all as a young teen - enjoyed them though. (I've also read Beatrix Potter).

Will look up James Rebanks.

Northernmum100 Mon 13-Nov-17 21:11:54

Cockley Beck by John Pepper

MiddlingMum Mon 13-Nov-17 21:15:29

The book by James Rebanks is really, really good. It will change the way you think about the Lake District, but not in a bad way at all smile

LifeOfBriony Mon 13-Nov-17 21:25:05

I have one of the Wainwright books and will take it with me.

The James Rebanks book does look interesting - I will look into that. It might also make a good Christmas present for my brother.

Amazon came up with Martin Edwards's Lake District mysteries - has anyone here read any of those? I quite enjoy crime fiction.

NewYearNewNickname Tue 14-Nov-17 18:51:49

I recently read Exquisite by Sarah Stowell. It's not goung win any awards but if you're looking for something easy to read then may be worth a look. Described as a psychological thriller though I wouldn't say it was a thriller, definitely not scary. One of thw two main characters lives in the Lakes.

RMC123 Wed 15-Nov-17 22:06:05

Haweswater by Sarah Hall. About the valley they flooded to create a reservoir and its impact on the small community.

Clawdy Wed 15-Nov-17 22:10:12

Rebecca Tope's Lake District mystery novels are a good read - try The Windermere Witness.

Wolfiefan Wed 15-Nov-17 22:12:29

Rebecca Tope.

LifeOfBriony Sat 18-Nov-17 08:38:13

Thanks for all the suggestions - some of these have very mixed reviews.

LifeOfBriony Sat 18-Nov-17 08:56:08

I have read Haweswater, and enjoyed it. I could imagine the setting and I liked the story set amongst real events.

TheMendedDrum Sat 18-Nov-17 10:13:39

If you like a clever, not gory, thriller then I recommend this - partially set in the Lake District

heron98 Tue 21-Nov-17 14:23:46

I also enjoyed Haweswater. Also a Shepherd's Life, but that's non fiction and not strictly the Lake District

tripfiction Thu 23-Nov-17 18:19:07

I have been collating books set in the area and have reviewed some - do you want to take a look?
Hope you find something you like!

OCSockOrphanage Fri 24-Nov-17 20:54:16

A Shepherd's Life is a wonderful read. Please, don't miss out.

MyBrilliantDisguise Fri 24-Nov-17 20:57:33

Poor Melvyn Bragg - he'd love someone to recommend his! Never seen it happen, though.

Cooroo Sat 06-Jan-18 17:53:36

Too late for the OP but I loved the Herries Chronicles by Hugh Walpole. Start with Rogue Herries. Cracking stuff.

Hygge Thu 01-Feb-18 21:35:03

Also too late for the OP, but Paula Daly's crime thriller books are set in the Lake District.

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