A String of Pearls

by Margaret Wilson

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**Short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year 2022 and the Latitude Press award for Illustration and Presentation**

The Lake District’s dramatic fells, crashing waterfalls and glorious still waters have inspired writers for centuries.

Famous poets such as Wordsworth and Simon Armitage, bestselling authors such as Ian McEwan and Bill Bryson, and modern thriller writers such as Val McDermid, have all drawn on the setting.

In this lavishly illustrated anthology, Margaret Wilson has selected the best Lake District literary extracts, each paired with a specially commissioned, stunning local landscape from photographer Helen Shaw.


Lancashire Post
With each gem in this gorgeous collection linking up to a string of pearls and a mesmerising photographic match, this breathtaking book is guaranteed to be a jewel in your own home library.

Lancashire Life
There are certain names you’d expect to feature, and editor Margaret Wilson doesn’t disappoint: Wordsworth, Potter, Wainwright and Bragg are all among the 50+ featured authors. But she has also selected some less obvious writers including Ian McEwan, Charles Dickens and Val McDermid. Extracts from their works are illustrated by stunning photography from Bowland-based photographer Helen Shaw. The result is a captivating anthology which reveals the inspiration generations of writers have drawn from the region’s fells, tarns, valleys and farms.

Westmoreland Gazette
A tribute to the beauty of a countryside landscape that has inspired authors for generations.




60 Colour photographs


Apr 22, 2021


About the Author:

Photographer Helen Shaw lives and works in the Forest of Bowland, near the picturesque village of Slaidburn. Semi-finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the Queen chose one of her local landscapes as her 80th birthday present. Helen is a member of the Professional Garden Photographers Association.

Margaret Wilson lives in Leebotwood near Church Stretton. After working in Paris, Madrid and London as a business translator she moved, with her husband and son, to Shropshire. Here, she enjoys walking in the hills, exploring the towns and villages and learning about the county’s folklore. She works as a literary editor and proof-reader.  Her hobbies include gardening, making theatrical costumes and travel.

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