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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."  Rory Stewart

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:
   The Marches  written by Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart


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