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Hercules and the Farmer's Wife wins Hunter Davies Prize

8th July 2010

A gallery owner from Cockermouth has won this year's Hunter Davies Prize for the Lakeland Book of the Year with Hercules and the Farmer's Wife.

Art expert-turned-author Chris Wadsworth came top in the Bookends Prize for Arts and Literature category and won the overall award, taking home two cheques worth GBP 100 each and a framed certificate, reports the News & Star.

Wadsworth fought off stiff competition from last year's winner Keith Richardson, whose biography of Lakeland fell runner Joss Naylor, entitled Joss: The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner and Shepherd, took second place.

Her book delves into the lives of artists, customers and local residents who have visited the Castlegate House Gallery over the years.

The winners of each category were announced by Hunter Davies, founder of the literary prize, at Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa, near Keswick.

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