2022 Lakeland Book of the Year winners revealed at Stonecross Manor

THE 2022 Lakeland Book of the Year winners have been revealed.

Panic as Man Burns Crumpets by Cumbrian author Roger Lytollis won the top prize at a charity awards ceremony at Stonecross Manor in Kendal.

Roger, whose book was chosen from more than 50 entries, was celebrated as the overall winner alongside five other category winners at a charity event in support of Women’s Community Matters.

The judges – author and columnist Hunter Davies OBE, broadcaster and former chairman of Cumbria Tourism Eric Robson and BBC news presenter and author Fiona Armstrong – entertained more than 80 entrants as they discussed the finalists before celebrate the winners.

Following the announcement, Roger, whose book looks back on his Cumbrian newspaper career, said: “Looking at some of the books that have won over the years, it’s an absolute privilege to be shortlisted and to winning the overall award is a dream come true, so I’m very grateful to the judges and everyone involved.

LR: Judge Eric Robson, Fiona Armstrong, Roger Lytollis, Hunter Davies

“Winning the award is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the struggles local journalism has faced, particularly over the past 10 years. I hope the people of Cumbria will identify with the book as it depicts many aspects of life of Cumbria.”

All winners:

The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year 2022

Panic as man burns crumpets by Roger Lytollis

The Bill Rollinson Award for Landscape and Tradition

The Chances of Cumbria by Andrew Musgrave

The Latitude Press Award for Illustration and Presentation

Joss Naylor’s Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District by Vivienne Crow with Joss Naylor

The Price Bookends for Individuals and Businesses

Panic as man burns crumpets by Roger Lytollis

The Wordsworth Prize for Literature and Poetry

Cumbria: A Book of Days by Dawn Robertson

The Striding Edge Award for Guides and Locations

Peak Bagging: Wainwrights by Karen and Dan Parker

The Gilpin Hotel Prize for Fiction

Brockenspectre by Caroline Moir

Cumbria Tourism Managing Director Gill Haigh said: “The Lakeland Book of the Year competition is an annual highlight in Cumbria’s calendar of events and we send our warmest congratulations to all the winners.

“To me, they underline how our county continues to inspire millions of visitors every year. I am excited about the potential crossover with many other outstanding events across Cumbria and, in turn, to help share high quality writing with as many audiences as possible.

This year’s annual ceremony raised over £700 to support local charity Women’s Community Matters. The charity provides a variety of individual support, classes, activities, support groups and access to specialist services for vulnerable women and girls aged 12+, and young men/boys aged 12 to 19.

Angela C. Hale