We are delighted to share the news that The Fresh and the Salt: The Story of the Solway by Ann Lingard has been longlisted for the 2021 Lakeland Book of the Year. This prize showcases amazing literary talent inspired by the landscapes, history and culture of the Lake District, Cumbria.
The Fresh and the Salt explores the Solway Firth – the crooked finger of water that both unites and divides Scotland and England. It is a beautiful yet unpredictable place and one of the least-industrialised natural large estuaries in Europe. Its history, geology and turbulent character have long affected the way its inhabitants, both human and non-human, have learnt to live along and within its ever-changing margins.
Hunter Davies, awards founder and judge says “After 37 years this is the best year we have ever had. Over 70 good books, all newly published, all about Cumbria, with so many original ideas, so much research, so much fun and excellent writing. Is it the effect of Covid? Did Cumbrians rush to their computer to start tapping away instead of to the fridge?”
Cumbria Tourism MD Gill Haigh added “I’m very proud that Cumbria Tourism support the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards, every year I’m blown away by the sheer variety of world-class writing our fabulous county inspires. Every author who entered should feel very proud of their achievement and I can’t wait to see which book is our 2021 winner”.
The judges have the difficult task of choosing category winners, plus the overall Lakeland Book of the Year ahead of the announcement on the 19th October at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel near Penrith, combined with a charity luncheon in aid of the Stroke Association.
Find out more about the impressive and wide-ranging selection of books longlisted on the Lakeland Book of the Year website here.