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Villager Jim’s Peak District, published by Vertebrate Publishing 2015

Posted: Monday 11th January 2016 by Book-Reviews

Villager Jim's Peak DistrictVillager Jim's Peak District

This is undoubtedly a coffee table book. With no text, the lavish photos have to speak for themselves – and they certainly do that! The author, or should I say photographer, hides behind his nom de plume, Villager Jim. It becomes abundantly clear however that he lives near Hassop and has a website through which he sells a range of items such as cards, calendars, trays and mugs, all clad with his photographs. The photos certainly give anyone unfamiliar with the Peak District a very good idea of the landscape and some of the animals and wildlife to be found there. The usual candidates abound – frolicking lambs, shaggy cattle and attractive sheepdogs plus pheasants, barn owls and wrens. Some of the photos are very high quality. I particularly liked the hares and the little owls. A photo of a naked man, fortunately photographed from behind, riding a bike down a lane ends the book on an amusing note. It’s tastefully done but something of a surprise! If you like coffee table books then this one certainly has a novel persona all its own and it’s all the better for it. Book review by Nick Brown

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