Discover your next great read in our Library at The Lake. Together with our friends at Ultimate Library, we’ve put together a specially curated collection of books for you to borrow during your stay.
You’ll find titles covering the Lake District, natural landscape, history, travel, the arts, food and drink and a compendium of novels, to name a few. Fill your pockets with classics at Another Place and hunker down by the fire, or find some quiet outdoors by the lakeshore.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul” – Cicero
Here’s our list of top ten Lake District reads to look out for.
William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth: All in each other by Lucy Newlyn
University lecturer, Lucy Newlyn, untangles the relationship between one of Britain’s greatest poets and his sister. As a woman personally invested in the poet as well as the region, Newlyn is the perfect guide to all things Wordsworth.
Alfred Wainwright – a pictorial guide to the Lakeland fells (series books 1-6) by Alfred Wainwright
The series by MBE Alfred Wainwirght (whose six books detail six different Lakeland regions) is the evidence of a man who devoted his life to researching and compiling the Lakeland fells. Complete with updated maps and recently-checked routes for the fells in the Lake District region.
Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor (European travel)
This is the final volume of the greatest travel writer of his generation. With magnificent rolling prose it documents the trip of an 18-year-old Leigh Fermor across Europe.
SPQR by Mary Beard
New non-fiction title that looks at Roman history from one of Britain’s best-loved classicists. Beard endeavours to show how much we can learn about Roman History whilst keeping her accounts light and humorous.
Essays on art by Julian Barnes
A series of essays based around art, woven into a full exploration into how art has made its way from Romanticism into the modern day. Personal but informative, they are accompanied with colour illustration for a fuller story of art.