The 555 square miles (1438 square km) of the
Peak District National Park, the first in the
country to be so designated way back in 1951,
lie at the southern end of the Pennines and
form a marked transition between the soft green
lowlands and the harsh moorland uplands.
Surrounded by the conurbations of Manchester,
Sheffield and the Midlands, itís not surprising that
the park is the most popular in the UK.
In this varied landscape each season has its own
beauty. This ranges from the colourful display of
wild flowers during springtime; the purple-clad
heather moors in high summer; the golden
autumnal colours of the trees below the eastern
edges; to the Arctic-like snowy wastes of the high
lands in winter.
You will find some pictures in this book with
azure skies and bright sunshine, but the photographer,
the masterly Jerry Rawson, prefers the
impact of dramatic light, stormy conditions and
especially around dawn and dusk when the light
can be a revelation transforming the mundane
landscape into something quite sublime; capturing
a fleeting moment of perfection.
Address books tend to be well used and have a
long life. Along with important contact details,
they keep track of the userís friends and
acquaintances, tracing their lives over time and
from place to place. And, if properly attended to,
an address book eventually becomes a journal in
itself, and an attractive and permanent keepsake.
Whether bought as a gift or for personal use, this
Peak District Address Book, with its superb
pictorial reminders of the national park, will
provide years of pleasure.
Imprint: Halswood Stationers. ISBN 978 0 85717 006 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 112 pages. Published March 2010.M