The English Lake District

On this page links to book reviews about the Lake District or by local authors in Cumbria are listed. There is obviously some overlap. Where a book is about Cumbria and by a local author, I have included it in books. Fiction is denoted by F, Nonfiction by N, and poetry by P.

For pictures taken in Cumbria and the Lake District you may wish to visit my photography blog, Sue’s words and pictures, searching the categories and tags for Cumbria and English Lake District.


Melvyn Bragg The Maid of Buttermere F

Alan Cleaver and Lesley Park Lonnings: A walk through Cumbria’s ancient trackways N

Alan Cleaver and Lesley Park Get Lost N

Hunter Davies William Wordsworth N

Hunter Davies Lakeland A Personal Journey N

Martyn Halsall Sanctuary P

Jacob McAtear An Engagement with Nature N

Robert Macfarlane Landmarks N

Robert Macfarlane The Wild Places N

Marta McDowell Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life N

Sophie Neville The Making of Swallows and Amazons N

Patricia Nolan Racing the Wind: A Cumbrian Childhood N

James Rebanks The Illustrated Herdwick Shepherd N

James Rebanks The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District N

James Rebanks English Pastoral: An Inheritance N

Maurice Rowlandson Life at the Keswick Convention: A personal recollection N

Ruth Sutton Burning Secrets F

Katharine Swartz The Lost Garden  F

Katharine Swartz The Second Bride F

Katharine Swartz The widow’s secret F

Local authors

Jacci Bulman Talking God Daring to Listen N

John Chambers A Walk in the Wood: Poems P

John Chambers Haiku Beyond the Mountain P

John Chambers One Field of Flowers P

Margaret Forster Good Wives? N

Margaret Forster My Life in Houses N

Margaret Forster Isa and May F

Margaret Forster How to Measure a Cow F

Margaret Forster mother can you hear me? F

Margaret Forster Lady’s Maid F

J Francis Hudson A Fortress Among My People F

Jill Francis Hudson The Last Queen of Sheba F

Ann Lingard The Fiddlers’s Leg F

Ann Lingard The Embalmers Book of Recipes F

Ann Lingard Seaside Pleasures F

Alex Morgan Tandem F

Poverty Swap Beauty for Ashes P

Carol Purves Gladys Aylward: A Life for China N

Margaret Stevens Letters to William F

Henry Vyner-Brooks  The Heretic F