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From Eric Robson’s Foreword:
When Richard first mentioned this book to me and outlined the themes he hoped to address in it, I confess that I didn’t think he’d be able to carry it off. Surely we only ever scratched the surface of Alfred Wainwright’s complex character?
I was wrong. Richard has produced a book that’s entertaining and knowledgeable in equal measure. I should never have doubted him. It was, after all, the young Mr Else who persuaded AW to sup with the devil in the first place and against his better judgement agree to work with us television people. Richard’s fondness for and knowledge of Wainwright have created a readable and fascinating new portrait of a charming, gentle and obsessive man.
Eric Robson, Wainwright’s walking companion and Chair, Gardeners Question Time, Radio 4.
Wainwright Revealed is a major new assessment of Britain’s most important guidebook writer by Richard Else, the award winning television producer/director who succeeded in tempting AW out of his front room and onto the nation's television screens. It was the most improbable of relationships - the highly reclusive Wainwright and and a young inexperienced television producer less than half his age - but Richard succeeded where many others had failed and AW became the most unlikely celebrity with his BBC films drawing in an audience of millions.
Over almost 10 years Richard and Wainwright travelled around 5000 miles throughout northern England and Scotland and, in doing so, established a working relationship that was different from those AW had with any other person. This book sheds new light about their time together but is much more than simply a memoir. Wainwright Revealed contains a re-appraisal of his position within the guidebook genre and it investigates, for the first time, the forces that motivated AW and shaped his life - forces he may not fully have understood himself. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 70 photographs - many previously unpublished.
Wainwright Revealed is published on 9th Nov 2017 to coincide, 65 years to the day, with Wainwright starting work on his 7 volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
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Wainwright Revealed & The Skye Trail
Special offer for purchases of Wainwright Revealed. To make way for new stocks there's a one-off opportunity to buy Cameron McNeish & Richard Else's highly acclaimed Skye Trail for just £5.00 (inc. free p&p for UK purchasers). This beautifully illustrated book follows an inspiring route from Rubha Hunish on the northern tip of the island along the Trotternish Ridge, through Portree and between the Red and Black Cuillin to its final destination in Broadford. It can be accomplished as one expedition or a number of shorter day walks. Save £15 off the original selling price.
Roads Less Travelled Vol 1 - Oban to Ullapool
Volume 1: From Oban to Ullapool
Cameron McNeish's hugely popular television films celebrate the best of Scotland with a spectacular route by campervan, packraft, on bike and foot through Scotland’s magnificent West Highlands. Take this journey slowly and enjoy every minute. It is an exploration into the hidden corners of what Cameron says is a world class landscape and an opportunity to meet some of the people who live and work there.
Cameron’s expedition starts 20 miles south of Oban. He visits three stunning, but lesser known islands - Luing, Seil and Lismore, before winding his way through one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes, Glen Coe. Venturing west he meets musical legend Fergie MacDonald, universally known as the Ceilidh King. In a journey full of surprises Cameron heads for the rugged lands of Moidart before taking to the water at Arisaig with expert kayaker Lizzie Benwell for a paddle round the dozens of skerries that make this part of the west coast so distinctive.
The final part of the journey explores the finest parts of the west coast: a visit to the remote Sleat peninsula of Skye where 1,000 people still live; a walk into the rugged Kintail mountains with National Trust for Scotland ranger, Willie Fraser and then on to the wild coastline of Torridon with Lord Smith of Finsbury, who was the first MP to climb all Scotland’s Munros. The final leg sees Cameron on the long shore of Loch Maree and its little visited islands, before investigating the isolated Melvaig peninsula. Journey’s end is high above Ullapool.
This is a revised version of the programmes first shown on BBC Scotland.
Running time: approximately 115 minutes.
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Roads Less Travelled Vol 2 -
Roads Less Travelled Vol 2 - Sutherland, Caithness & Orkney
Scotland’s best known outdoors man, Cameron McNeish, undertakes a 150 mile journey through some of the least visited parts of Scotland from the southern end of Sutherland to the northern tip of the Orkney islands. Travelling on foot, by bike and with his beloved campervan, he explores the culture and history that has shaped his homeland and celebrates some of the finest landscapes to be found anywhere.
Cameron begins his journey through eastern Sutherland before entering the wild open spaces and remote flow country of Caithness. During this first part of his trip, he discovers that while some people were forcibly evicted from their land, others voluntarily chose to seek a new life half a world away in South America. Today this is a landscape of wild, untamed beauty.
After taking the ferry north Cameron celebrates the lesser known aspects of 6 Orkney islands - South Ronaldsay, Hunda, Orkney mainland, Rousay, Sanday and, at the furthest tip of this archipelago, North Ronaldsay. His guests include those whose families have lived here for generations to relative newcomers who have made the journey north to become part of a vibrant community. No visit to Orkney would be complete without exploring the rich archaeological remains found here, but Cameron also meets two exceptionally talented traditional musicians; discovers why these islands are so environmentally important, and spends time with a former lighthouse keeper turned beachcomber and a visitor who is attempting an unusual world record.
Running time: approximately 117 minutes.
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