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Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes

TV tie-in to the BBC2 series Wainwright; the man who loved the lakes, about the famous fellwalker and guide book author. Ties into 6 X 45 minute primetime BBC series broadcast June 2007 Wainwright's original guide's have sold over a million copies The series has already been proved to be a huge critical and ratings success when it broadcast on BBC4 in March, BBC2 transmission will bring it to an even bigger audience Trails after the series will be seen by millions Coast and British Isles; A Natural History have shown that books that celebrate our landscape are hugely popular Walking is the UKs most popular outdoor activity and Wainwright the best known guide book author. Like Coast, the book is a celebration of the British landscape, specifically the Lake District, and it tells the remarkable story of Alfred Wainwright who in 1952 decided to hand draw a series of guides to the fells of Lakeland. For the next 13 years he spent every weekend walking, and every weekday evening drawing and writing—completing one page per night. The result was Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Although initially self published they have now sold over a million copies and are still popular and much loved today. He went on to present a series of TV shows on the BBC about walking in the Lake District that made him even better known. Like Fred Dibnah he was an unlikely celebrity, he preferred his own company and thought walking in the countryside should be a solitary rather than group pursuit. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and this TV series and book are sure to introduce him to a new generation of lovers of the countryside. Features some of Wainwright's favourite walks and is lavishly illustrated including a large number of aerial shots of Lakeland.

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