Simon O’Brien uncovers the books that made the North West

From Cumbria Crack

New BBC One documentary series Books That Made Britain looks at how the landscape of the North West has inspired local writers. The landscapes and cities that have inspired some of Britain’s most loved authors will be celebrated in a new series of documentaries produced by BBC English Regions in partnership with BBC Learning as part of the #LoveToRead season.

Books That Made Britain, is part of an eleven part regional series to transmit on BBC One in the North West on Sunday 16 October at 3.45pm (and on BBC iPlayer)

Presenter Simon O’Brien travels his home region discovering the landscapes that have inspired children’s authors and ignited the imaginations of their readers. On his journey he sails across Coniston to uncover the enduring appeal of Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome and ventures underground to bronze age mines in search of the Weirdstone of Brisingamen from Alan Garner’s novel. He visits the home of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District and meets Millions author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

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