Another Place, Another Library

To support the launch of Another Place, The Lake, Ultimate Library was asked to curate an inspiring book collection on the Lake District that would speak to the hotel’s location, clientele and history. The resulting Another Place, The Lake library is an elegant and comprehensive space that is perfect to sit and just quietly enjoy the books and the view.

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The hunt for the perfect collection was not dissimilar to the hunt for birds and other wildlife discussed in many of the books installed at The Lake. The titles were compiled with input from the Another Place hotel team and the Ultimate Library’s book experts. There are more than 150 titles in this Hotel Library and the collection is regularly resupplied and updated to ensure the best and most interesting titles are filling the shelves right to the brim!

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For greater regional context, Alfred Wainwright’s series of pictorial guides to the Lakeland Fells, is a must read. These hand-written and hand-drawn guides are a labour of love, for which he later received an MBE. The editions that can be found at Another Place, The Lake provide a fresh take on the walking guides as these re-printed versions include more than 3,000 revisions.

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The library could not be completed without a collection of poetry from the acclaimed English poets, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Both of whom spent considerable time in the Lake District, even together at times! For those more inclined towards classic literature there are copies of Swallows and Amazons, Jeeves and Wooster and Everyday Drinking. More contemporary titles on the Lake District include Edward St Aubyn’s retelling of King Lear in Dunbar, which is set in the region. General prize-winning contemporary literature was also added to the library. Titles such as, Anne Tyler’s a Spool of Blue Thread, and Terry Hayes’, I am Pilgrim cover everything from family drama to crime thrillers, there really is something for everyone even for the youngsters among us!

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Several nature related books feature in this collection and speak to the natural setting and wildlife of the Lake District and will encourage any novice to try their hand at fishing, mushroom foraging, flower picking, bird watching and swimming. James Rebanks, A Shepherd’s Tale fuses literature and learning in such a way that the will to learn falconry is just as irresistible as the will to finish the novel in merely one sitting.

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The food and wine chronicles should neither be ignored; Arabella Boxer’s Book of English Food is a sentimental harkening back to the British style of cooking of the 1920s and 30s. With a collection of recipes, magazine clippings and first-hand accounts, the book gives readers the opportunity to live another world.

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For a more original take on the classic cookbook, James and Kay Salter’s Life is Meals, chronicles food comments, wisdoms, experiences and recipes for each day of the year. An incredibly honest but humorous discussion on culinary life.

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Quirky titles on the Lake District (I never knew that about the Lake District) and England (Visions of England) were mixed in with books on art and style from Britain; important artists from the region such as John Ruskin for which an excellent book on his life and paintings is available to peruse. Recently published titles such as the Landmark Trust’s Landmark and Phaidon’s, 30,000 Years of Art, round out the collection to cover the unexpected and the pleasantly surprised. Every Ultimate Library collection is intended to educate, entertain and inspire readers.

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“Ultimate Library created an inspiring and knowledgeable collection of books for us. The books not only provide a comprehensive range of literature, but also speak to our stunning natural surroundings here in the Lake District. The titles are informative and entertaining. With the theme of the region running through many of the titles, a deeper sense of place has been cleverly and subtly created for our guests.” Judi Blakeburn, Brand Manager, Another Place, The Lake 

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By Beatrice Petit Bon .