Who will be our 2020 champion?

68 books celebrating every possible aspect of Cumbria have been whittled down to a shortlist of just 18, but who will be the 2020 Lakeland Book of the Year? Join judges Hunter Davies, Fiona Armstrong as they reveal the six category winners, share some of their favourite moments and unveil this year’s winner!

Tune in below from 2pm on Tuesday the 30th June to find out!

The awards, one of the most prestigious of their kind outside London, are kindly supported by the Cumbria Community Foundation Hunter Davies Fund, Striding Edge, Bookends, the Bill Rollinson Award Association and Latitude Press Ltd. The six category winners and overall 2020 Lakeland Book of the Year winner will be announced at www.lakelandbookoftheyear.co.uk on 30 June, with the news shared by @lakesbookawards on Twitter and Cumbria Tourism’s Facebook page.

2020 also marks a brand-new children’s poetry prize in celebration of William Wordsworth, judged by Michael McGregor, Director at The Wordsworth Trust and Ian Walker, Deputy Head at John Ruskin School.


The 2020 shortlist is:

The Striding Edge Prize for Guides and Places

Bob’s Jottings by Bob Jopling

Grasmere: A History in 55 ½ Buildings by Grasmere History Society

Knockupworth – The Story of a Family by John Bainbridge


The Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition

Hows and Knotts: A Guide to Lakeland Views by Guy Richardson

I Hate the Lake District by Charlie Gere

Lake District Bouldering by Greg Chapman


The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration and Presentation

Cumbria at War by Ruth Mansergh

Embellish with Relish by Maria Whitehead

The Lake District in 101 Maps & Infographics by David Felton, Evelyn Sinclair and Andrew Chapman


The Bookends Prize for Literature and Poetry

A Peopled Landscape by Stephen Matthews

The Cumberland Bard: Robert Anderson by Sue Allan

The Magpie’s Nest by Taffy Thomas


People & Business

Slightly Perfect by John Cunliffe

A Pennington Pepys (Extracts from The Commonplace & Diaries of William Fleming) by John Graeme Livingstone

My Dad’s Army: The White Gurkhas by Ian Wilson



Out of the Deep by Ruth Sutton

Secrets of the Flock by J.B. Browne

Two Days in May by David Clemson


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