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Well I never!
on 8 July 2010
The title of this book is a real give away to both its tone and content. It's full of quirky and little known facts, delivered with a dry humor.
The book is split into sections in a variety of ways - the larger lakes get their own chapters, the smaller lakes are grouped by region and in some cases the chapters follow the flow of a river. Each person seems to have a different view of the Lakes, and this arrangement has as much merit as any other - although I am sure that that Wainwright would have said his system was the best!
This book contains such facts (or possibly factoids) as : the Cumberland Pencil produces 500,000 pencils a week, in the Middle Ages Whitehaven was the second largest port in western England, Walney Island is the model for Isle of Sodor and that Holy Trinity Church in Kendal is the widest church in England. Whether such knowledge would improve a visit to the Lakes is debatable - but they are all worthwhile snippets to be produced at the conversational hour of your deepest need!
The book is illustrated with some rather fine ink drawings which add greatly to the quality of the book. The final section contains a Gazetteer of places to visit that are open to the public. This section is organsied along ths same lines as the main part of the book.
I don't suppose that it was ever the author's intention that the book would be read from cover to cover in more of less one go, but I admit that's what I did. It's more likely to be used as a book to dip into when you happen to already be in one of the regions described. It could also be used to help plan visits to a number of places that are off the main stream tourist track if you wish to find the UK largest collection of owls or some examples of fine topiary!
This is a charming little book, recommended to those who wish to explore the Lakes a little more - you could already live there, be planning to visit or simply be missing a place that you love, but in this book you will find things that interest you.