The Lakes has long been an inspiration for great art and literature. Following in that rich tradition is author Sarah Hall. Born and raised in the Lakes, Sarah set her first novel, Haweswater, in the heart of the Lake District.
Sarah Hall has since won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize. Her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region), and the Prix Femina Etranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. (Source)
Haweswater is a gem of a novel, perfect to take with you on a trip to the Lakes for a full immersion experience. Set in 1936, the novel follows the lives of a rural hill-farming community under threat from the burgeoning industrial climate of the North. Personal relationships blend with the drama of the vanishing countryside and ancient ways of life.
Sarah Hall is a lucid and timely commentator on the threat towards a landscape with which she is intimate. A wonderful program she made for Radio 4 about literary landscapes and Haweswater reservoir, the setting for her first novel, is still available to listen to here.
Excitingly, Sarah has a new Lake District novel coming out this year which deals witht he fascinating debate on the reintroduction of wolves into the English countryside. The book is scheduled to be released in April of this year. Read more about it here.