Lakeland Book of the Year

Celebrating writers inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria

Lakeland Book of the Year

Lakeland Book of the Year celebrates top quality writing inspired by the Lake District, Cumbria. Over the past four decades, this prestigious annual competition has seen authors create an incredible catalogue of books covering a range of rich and varied subjects, from landscape and tradition to literature and poetry.

Founded in 1984 by prolific author, journalist and broadcaster Hunter Davies OBE, all entries for Lakeland Book of the Year must be set in – or feature – Cumbria in some way. Grace Dent, Rory Stewart and James Rebanks are among the many talented writers who have previously scooped the overall title of ‘Book of the Year’.

Cumbria Tourism has had the honour of supporting Lakeland Book of the Year for many years and and has recently taken over the full running of the awards.

The Awards will be held at The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal on Tuesday 9 July from 12pm.

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2024 Longlist

Thank you to all our entrants for this year’s awards. Our judges have now settled on a longlist. Congratulations to all included.

All My Wild Mothers – Victoria Bennett

An Illustrated History of Maryport – John Higham

A Literary Walking Tour of Carlisle – Dr P. Bradshaw

A Newt in Hard Tarn – Derek Cockell

Brewers Loop – Beth and Steve Pipe

Cook Out – Harrison Ward

Gwen John A Life in Sonnets – Steve Matthews

Lyrics for the Loved Ones – Anne Goodwin

Pedestrian Pleasures – Graham Kilner

Politics on the Edge – Rory Stewart

Rawnsley: An Extraordinary Life – M Allen & R Rawnsley

Rural – Rebecca Smith

Silent Bones – Rachel Lynch

Sketching A Year in Lakeland – Liz Wakelin  

Some of us Just Fall – Polly Atkin

The Bay – Julia Rampen

The Cottage – Paula Hillman

The Lake District a Watercolour Journey – PL Hobbs

The Scafells: A Grand Tour – Guy Richardson

Why We Run – Danielle Ledbury

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Lakeland Book of the Year

Lakeland Book of the Year 2024 Sponsors

Bookends - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Castle Green Hotel - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
CGP - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Gilpin - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Latitude Press - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
The Bill Rollinson Association - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Wordsworth Grasmere - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024
Zeffirellis - Sponsoring Lakeland Book of the Year 2024

Video round up of all the 2023 winners:

The winners and judges of the Lakeland Book of the Year 2022 - Cumbria Tourism

The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2023:

Forty Farms by Amy Bateman

Panic as man burns crumpets by Roger Lytollis - Lakeland Book of the Year - Cumbria Tourism

The full list of 2023 category winners included:

Between Before and After - Edita Mujkic - Lakeland Book of the Year 2023 - Cumbria Tourism

The Bookends Prize for People & Business

Between Before and After by Edita Mujkic
Extreme Lakeland - Tom McNally & Nadir Khan - Lakeland Book of the Year 2023 - Cumbria Tourism

The Eric Robson Striding Edge Prize for Guides & Places

Extreme Lakeland by Nadir Khan and Tom McNally
The Lucks of Cumbria by Andrew Musgrave

The Bill Rollinson Association Prize for Landscape & Tradition

Forty Farms by Amy Bateman
Edita Mujkic
Tom McNally
Amy Bateman
Bingo Hall Detectives - Jonathan Whitelaw - Lakeland Book of the Year 2023 - Cumbria Tourism

The Gilpin Hotel Prize for Fiction

The Bingo Hall Detectives by Jonathan Whitelaw
163 Days - Hannah Hodgson - Lakeland Book of the Year 2023 - Cumbria Tourism

The Wordsworth Grasmere Prize for Literature & Poetry

163 Days by Hannah Hodgson
My Lakeland - Jim Watson - Lakeland Book of the Year 2023 - Cumbria Tourism

The Latitude Press Prize for Illustration & Presentation

My Lakeland by Jim Watson
Jonathan Whitelaw
Hannah Hodgson
Jim Watson

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Get In Touch

For more information about Lakeland Book of the Year, contact Ben Melling on bmelling@cumbriatourism.org