Cheshire Life Bookshelf October 2009

PUBLISHED: 01:22 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:14 20 February 2013

Snowdon Shepherd

Snowdon Shepherd

We look at some of the latest releases related to Cheshire<br/>COMPILED BY ELIZABETH SHEERAN

Snowdon Shepherd: Four Seasons on the hillside farms of North Wales

By Keith Bowen, 16.99, Gomer Press, available from and all good bookshops

After being published three times, this new edition of 'Snowdon Shepherd' has been released after continuing high demand and it has been redesigned into a luxurious hardback. With a foreword provided by renowned travel writer Jan Morris, this book is a celebration of the traditional farming techniques and a way of life that is slowly disappearing. Keith Bowen's beautiful artwork captures a year in the life of a shepherd in Snowdonia.

Marple & District Through Time

By Steve Cliffe and Coral Dranfield, 12.99, Amberley, available from and Stockport Waterstones.

Reproduced in full colour, 'Marple & District Through Time' gives a comprehensive history of the local area. With stunning photographs the book compares how the buildings and people of Marple have changed. The author leads you through the streets and across the bridges of the district. Steve Cliffe is a former councillor for the area and both he and Coral Dranfield are members of the conservation charity Stockport Heritage Trust. This book highlights the area's rich heritage.


By Marian Bythell, 4.99, Arthur H. Stockwell Ltd., available to order from Garders Books Distributors.

'Jamie' is the latest book from author Marion Bythell. It tells the story of Jamie, the fun loving bearded collie and his friends. Written in rhyme, and accompanied by skilful sketches this charming children's book will appeal to all ages as you join Jamie in his adventures through two short stories and two poems. The author of titles such as 'Poems of Love, Life and Laughter' and 'Traveller's Tales', captures children's imagination and introduces them to poetry in this fun, lively book.

Hillwalkers' North Snowdonia

By David Herman, 5.50, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

This 'warts and all' approach to hill walking shows a comprehensive and detailed description of 29 all day routes for keen hill-walkers and hikers. Although not striving to reach the summit of the mountains of Snowdonia, this guide gives an extensive amount of information including how long each walk will take, how difficult it is and how to get there, even walks available when the weather is bad. With detailed maps based on the Ordnance Survey Landranger this guide provides interesting and scenic routes ranging from advanced hikes to less strenuous walks through the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia.

Hornes Down Under, part one

By Tony Horne, 16.99, Matador, available from

This is the true story of a family from Cheshire driving the route from Darwin to Adelaide to escape the stressful life in Britain. Follow Tony, Natalie and their children, in their campervan the length of Australia through the highs and the lows in this funny account of what happens when one family go on a 'make or break holiday' to 'reintroduce themselves to each other'. Tony Horne was a popular presenter with Century FM in Manchester from 2001-4 and now runs a media company while presenting a radio show in the North-East. The family live in Lymm and Natalie, an actress, is writing an account of the holiday from her own point of view.

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