Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of England
Author: Christopher Daniell
Description: Historian and archeologist Daniell delivers a comprehensive history of the region since the time of the hunter-gatherers in this compact volume, taking you through the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, and Medieval monarchs to the Reformation, Renaissance, the world wars, and the modern state of things.
At Home with Beatrix Potter, The Creator of Peter Rabbit
Author: Susan Denyer
Description: A photographic tour through Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's beautiful home in England's Lake District.
Birds of Europe
Author: Lars Svensson
Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
Eyewitness Guide Great Britain
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions.
Lake District Tourist Map
Author: Ordnance Survey
Description: A terrific, colorful and very detailed map of the Lake District, at a scale of 1:110,000.
Notes from a Small Island
Author: Bill Bryson
Description: A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
Rough Guide Lake District
Author: Jules Brown
Description: An informative, British-produced guide to the Lake Country with an overview of history, culture and nature.
Scotland, A Concise History
Author: Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Description: This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
Author: George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron
Description: This excellent selection of the Romantic poet's work includes a complete version of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Lord Byron's classic, epic poem about a world-weary traveler -- in part, an account of youthful adventures in the Balkans.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Author: Neal Ascherson
Description: Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
Swallows and Amazons
Author: Arthur Ransome
Description: Sailing their borrowed catboats, six children camp, fish, explore and try their hands at piracy during the course of a magic summer in England's Lake District. The first book in the Swallows and Amazons series, it was originally published in 1930.
The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals
Author: Dorothy Wordsworth, Pamela Woof (Editor)
Description: The journals of Dorothy Wordsworth from Dove Cottage. With rich detail, she observes the natural beauty of the Lake District region and her time spent with her brother William and their friend Coleridge.
The Marches, A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland
Author: Rory Stewart
Description: A travelogue by a British Parliamentarian that profiles standing stones, monks, flooded fields, striking mountains and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall. Stewart mingles his observations with the history of one of the world's most fought-over borders.
The Portable Romantic Poets
Author: Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
Description: This is the anthology to take along on a trip to Italy's Cinque Terra, England's Lake District or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Author: Muriel Spark
Description: A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought.
The Steel Bonnets
Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Description: MacDonald Fraser captures the celebrated mayhem, blood and glory of the Anglo-Scottish border raids in rich and entertaining detail.
The Story Holy Island, An Illustrated History
Author: Kate Tristam
Description: The remarkable story of Lindisfarne as captured by a resident of The Holy Island. Tristam is a historian, priest in the Church of England and frequently lectures on Lindisfarne.
The Story of England
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
Walking Home, A Poet's Journey
Author: Simon Armitage
Description: With trepidation and enthusiasm, British bard Simon Armitage embarks on a 256-mile trek along the "backbone of England," the Pennine Way. By day, he is joined by a cast of friends and family, strangers and dogs; at night he reads poetry in exchange for a bed. To undertake such a walk, the poet reflects, "is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self."
Author: Emily Bronte
Description: The Yorkshire moors have never been wilder or more conducive to tragedy than in this great romantic novel by Emily Bronte, which concerns an illicit and ill-fated love affair.