Literary musings on park landscape

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THE Peak District became the country’s first national park in 1951, but its beauty has been a focus for writers over many centuries.

Now expert Roly Smith has drawn together some of the most striking writing about the area in A Peak District Anthology – a literary companion to the park.

Classic literary figures from William Wordsworth and George Eliot to Charlotte Brontë and Arthur Conan Doyle have all paid tribute to the landscape.

Later writers continue the tradition and many are represented in the collection.

Roly is the former Head of Information Services to the Peak District National Park.

The book, illustrated with artworks and photographs, is published by Frances Lincoln, priced £16.99.