The Gathering Tide shortlisted for Lakeland Awards

Posted on June 14, 2016

We’re delighted that Karen Lloyd’s The Gathering Tide has been shortlisted for a Lakeland Books of the Year Award.

There are six Lakeland awards available in total – five category prizes and one overall Hunter Davies Book of the Year prize of £500.

The winners will be announced at the Lakeland Awards lunch on Wednesday 6th of July at Armathwaite Hall Hotel, Bassenthwaite. Last year’s winner of the overall award was James Rebanks for A Shepherd’s Life. Previous winners include Alfred Wainwright and Booker nominee Sarah Hall.

In The Gathering Tide, Karen Lloyd tells the compelling stories of the places, people, wildlife and history of Morecambe Bay, an area that encompasses some of the less-travelled paths of the Lakeland region, on the southern fringes of the national park.

Karen embarks on a series of walks at different locations all around the bay. Along the way she discovers ancient roadways buried underneath the peat, caves where wolves and lynx once fed, and even islands that don’t exist.

But for Karen, who has lived most of her life near the bay, her walks were imbued with a deeper meaning.

“Memories came flooding back as I walked,” she said. “So I found myself making an unwitting pilgrimage through my own past and present, as well as that of the bay.”

The result is “a vivid book, redolent with the tang of original imagery”, which “creates its own kind of song-line along the edge of one of England’s last and richest wilderness areas”.