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A. Wainwright Pocket Diary 2009 Diary – 1 Jul 2008

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Product details

  • Diary: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711228442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711228443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 9.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,972,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Nov. 2008
Format: Diary
I bought this diary becaused I love walking in the Lake District. Unfortunately I had not looked at a copy before ordering so was very disappointed when I received it. It is larger than the usual pocket/handbag sized diary but in spite of this the space for making entries is not large (all seven days are crammed into the right hand side of a double page with an entry from a Wainwright Guide on the left hand side). I had hoped for pages of general information on the Lake District (useful telephone numbers and contacts, maybe heights of fells etc) but there is nothing other than the walk descriptions and I would imagine most people on holiday in the Lakes would rather walk using a map or detailed walking guide (maybe one of the Wainwright Guides)
than walk using their diaries! There is no page for personal details and no pages for addresses and telephone numbers or pages for general notes. Although there are calendars for 2009 and 2010 there is no 2008 calendar.
I have had to go out and buy another useful diary for carrying around with me.A. Wainwright Pocket Diary 2009 (Diary)
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Format: Diary
This is diary is packed with illustrations and small enough to slip into your pocket/bag. It's illustrated with a selection of charming illustrations by the man himself - but it's obvious that it's never meant to be a guide to walking in the Fells (and says so in the front)!!!
The type of diary with tube maps/weights and measures/conversions etc (you know all the stuff that you think will be useful but you never actually use!) and has no illustrations but just diary entries is one type and this is another - the two are completely different so it's not really a fair comparison. I agree this is not an office type diary with loads of room for appointments but If you are a Wainwright fan you'll enjoy vicariously visiting some familiar locations.
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By Julie on 14 Feb. 2009
Format: Diary
A7 size, week to a page, so enough for one appointment per day. International holidays are marked on the day, and a single page calendar for this year and next at the front. A plethera of beautiful illustrations and descriptions of walks. If that is all you want from a diary, then this is great. But no room for notes, addresses, personal info. No conversion tables, tube map, useful numbers, central list of holidays, or the usual stuff you would find in even a pocket diary. I'll probably have to buy a replacement.
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Format: Diary
I bought this item for my husband who is a big fan of Mr Wainwright and is an avid reader of his books so it was perfect for him.

The diary arrived on time and in perfect condition.

With thanks.
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