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Another Country: A Guide to the Children's Books of the Lake District and Cumbria

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Explore the Lake District with your favorite authors: describes the locations in the Lake District familiar to readers of Arthur Ransome, Beatrix Potter, Rosemary Sutcliff, Elsie J. Oxenham, Geoffrey Trease, Elfrida Vipont, Robert Westall, John Rowe Townsend, Hester Burton and others.


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Explore the Lake District with your favorite authors: describes the locations in the Lake District familiar to readers of Arthur Ransome, Beatrix Potter, Rosemary Sutcliff, Elsie J. Oxenham, Geoffrey Trease, Elfrida Vipont, Robert Westall, John Rowe Townsend, Hester Burton and others.

16 review for Another Country: A Guide to the Children's Books of the Lake District and Cumbria

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daisy May Johnson

    Published in 2008 from Girls Gone By, Another Country naturally has a specific sort of bent to it. Whilst it features a substantial range of titles in meticulous and precise detail, including such luminaries as Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransom, it also mentions authors such Elsie J. Oxenham, Angela Brazil, and Rosemary Sutcliff. Though Potter seems to be the eternal gesture towards acknowledging children's literature when it comes to literary tourism, it's a surprising and genuine pleasure to se Published in 2008 from Girls Gone By, Another Country naturally has a specific sort of bent to it. Whilst it features a substantial range of titles in meticulous and precise detail, including such luminaries as Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransom, it also mentions authors such Elsie J. Oxenham, Angela Brazil, and Rosemary Sutcliff. Though Potter seems to be the eternal gesture towards acknowledging children's literature when it comes to literary tourism, it's a surprising and genuine pleasure to see an indepth discussion of Oxenham and Brazil. It's this commitment towards the undersung author that is one of the strengths of Another Country - though occasionally, it also becomes one of the downsides. This book is breathless with its detail. Analysing one hundred and fifty-five books within the space of one hundred and seventy (approximately - illustrations) pages, Another Country can be an intense read and it is not perhaps a book I would recommend for reading in a linear manner. This, to be fair, is a commonality amongst many others of its genres. There's a tension between the idea of the guidebook and the idea of the literary guide book - how do we approach these strange beasts, with one foot in the fiction and the other in the real world? I'm not sure I've found the book yet that quite deals with that problem, the book that acknowledges the vivid romance and personal subjectivity that comes with the very idea of literary tourism, and yet manages to balance it with the prosaic details of opening hours and directions. So - back to Another Country, and even that title starts to hint at me some ideas about worlds beyond worlds, and worlds within worlds, and spaces being separated from the adult world and the real world, and if there is not some parallels there with the idea of children's 'vs' (nb: please note my inverted commas there) and adult literature, then I'll eat my beret. Another Country is sort of ferociously niche and satisfying, though - as I have elaborated earlier - perhaps somewhat overpowering with that tone. I experienced some difficulties where Mackenzie spoke of book x being directly inspired by town y because of the parallels between text and site - despite there being no overt area identified in the text. Whilst this partially speaks of the situating of a text within a personal experience and context, I missed the acknowledgement that this personal context and experience will be different for all and every reader. Mackenzie does acknowledge this, albeit indirectly, later in the text by reflecting on his own link with the featured stories and this is an idea that I'd have welcomed more consideration of. But oh, this is a satisfying and richly layered book. There is so much here and Mackenzie is to be commended for the amount of detail and precision of his work.

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    June

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    Andrew F

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    Philomena

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    CLM

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    Kate

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    Christine

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    Jen

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    Adrianne

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    Bijou

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    Meghan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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    Rhonda

  14. 4 out of 5

    Serene

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shin'Ichi Ohshima

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