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Wainwright Address Book [Hardcover]

Alfred Wainwright
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1 July 2005
Desk address book with tabbed sections, featuring illustrations by A. Wainwright, legendary author, illustrator and fellwalker.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 2006 version edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711225141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711225145
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,378 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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The exquisite ink drawings in this address book come from the sketchbooks of A. Wainwright, artist, fellwalker and author of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells-surely the most original and popular walking guides ever written. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent address book 28 Sep 2011
Looked for a replacement for my aged address book for a long time before selected this one. Good size for desk use and clearly laid out. Lovely drawings. The lack of 'fixed boxes' leaves enough free text space to include as much or as little detail as possible for each contact.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product 6 Jan 2010
By Nicky C
This is a really good quality, hard backed address book-ideal for someone with a love of the Lake District.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic theme for a life long address book 6 May 2011
Great Quality Address Book. Long lasting. Drawings inside are beautiful and you see something different in them each time. Thank you Mr Wainwright.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 22 Dec 2010
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I purchased this book to keep pass words/user names as l had bits of paper all over and kept loosing them, it is an extremely good book with plenty of space to write addresses or such, with two full columns per page your address can be as short or as long as you like, the book is very well made with the hard back having a plastic coating, the pages are good and thick so the ink doesn't go through to the next page and as for the drawing and information pieces 'well' Wainwright, say no more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 26 Sep 2013
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what I really liked about the book was the space given for the different letters of the alphabet, so often you run out of page before you run out of addresses for the page.
Not so with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful book. 29 Oct 2013
By Dawn
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An delight to be able to write your addresses while being whisked away on a mini holiday as you lose yourself in the pictures punctuated throughout the book. Wonderful gift for anyone who loves suchlike pictures, travelling, etc.
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