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Witch Country

Hardback (160pp)
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Lancashire-based multi-award-winning photographer and film-maker Alastair Lee once again turns his lens to his spiritual home: Pendle Hill. After the success of Alastair’s previous local publications, Forgotten Landscape (2004) and Pendle, Landscape of History and Home (2009) comes the third and most atmospheric collection of images to date: Pendle: Witch Country.

This evocative book traces the contours of East Lancashire’s most distinctive landmark to revisit the infamous events that took place under its brooding presence in the seventeenth century, before chronicling the evolution of the vibrant communities that now flourish beneath its flanks. Celebrating the independent spirit of these upland dwellers and intimately capturing how Pendlefolk interact with this epic landscape, the pages of this illuminating book are permeated with the flora, fauna, farming and the very fabric of the hill – along with the occasional whisper of witchcraft.

Alastair Lee is a director, cameraman and photographer who specialises in filming some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. With a career spanning twenty years, he is a veteran of expeditions to some of the most extreme environments on earth: Baffin Island, the Venezuelan jungle and Antarctica. Responsible for a string of award-winning films and TV commercials featuring breathtaking photography, Alastair’s trademark style – interlacing stunning scenery with intimate human stories – has made him one of the most sought-after adventure film-makers in the business. Alastair has more than 100 international awards to his name, capped in May 2013 with one of the top awards in his industry: the Grand Prize from the International Alliance for Mountain Film at the Trento Film Festival. His work has been broadcast on the BBC, Discovery UK and National Geographic US, and has featured on the Red Bull Explorers series.

  • Title: Pendle
  • Subtitle: Witch Country
  • Author: Alastair Lee
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-911342-95-3
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 3 January 2019
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 219mm x 276mm
  • Extent: 160 pages, full colour throughout
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Weight: 800g
  • Retail price: £20

Praise for Alastair’s previous portraits of Pendle:
‘They’re not just pretty pictures but images that speak of a fundamental appreciation of the hills as a refuge from the world and a visionary vantage point, a unique wild character in the landscapes of our imagination. Our relationships with place are particular, personal and intimate. Lee’s climbing colleagues in countries with vast mountain ranges may not understand the British fondness for enigmatic lumps and nub-ends of hills sticking out of the countryside, but we have always loved them.’
Paul Evans, The Guardian

‘This impressive new book embraces the area’s most cherished landmark and captures the spirit not only of its infamous past but of a thriving community that lives under its dominant presence.’
Dave Mycroft, My Outdoors 

Lancashire Telegraph

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