Love letter to Shropshire…

Hill & Dale is a glossy new book that is a “passionate love letter to Shropshire”. So says its author, the award-winning photographer and nature writer Andrew Fusek Peters. It is hard to disagree.
A deep emotional engagement with the natural beauty of our county underpins every wonderful image. This is a celebration of our county in 190-plus pages of stunning photography. A well-researched ‘behind the scenes’ commentary relates how the images were captured, with a writing style that mixes the conversational and poetic. There is a glowing foreword from TV nature broadcaster Iolo Williams.

Andrew Fusek Peters

The book, due to be published this month (September), is subtitled My Shropshire Year and explores the county’s sumptuous landscapes and fascinating wildlife across the changing seasons, with a chapter devoted to each month.

The work, though, took three years to put together, not least because Andrew battled bowel cancer, from which he was only given the all-clear in January this year.

No sooner had he returned to health then, with the rest of us, he was plunged into the uncertain world of the coronavirus pandemic. It has compounded the strain of trying to arrange care for his 88 year-old mother, the retired stage and screen actress Vera Fusek.

Sunset over Diamond Rock

“Because of shielding, I’ve only been able to see her through a window. I haven’t hugged her in three and a half months,” he reflects.

His illness, followed so quickly by the national lockdown, has had a big effect on Andrew’s business.

The debilitating fallout of his chemotherapy saw him cut short a dream lecture tour on a cruise ship in Alaska. “I really got quite ill out there and unfortunately had to return home halfway through,” the 55 year-old explains.
The cancelling of public gatherings because of the Covid-19 risk meant a lucrative income stream dried up. He explains, “I give a lot of talks, to camera clubs, WIs and other groups and that’s where I make a lot of my money, selling my books at them. That has been tough.”

Milky Way over Soulton Barrow

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