The Wainwrights in Colour- The Book

The Wainwrights in Colour Book outside viewThe book of the successful and unique “Wainwrights in Colour” project by Andy Beck is now available. It features all of the 214 Lakeland Fells and all of the 1500+ watercolour sketches which Andy has produced to complete this body of work. Andy details the differences in the scenes from how they were when A.W. illustrated them in his guides.

UPDATE: The Book was launched on 5th May 2017. The book will now have a one off print run of only 5000 copies, there will be no following print run. The books are selling fast so make sure that you purchase your copy now.  ALL of the sketches from the project feature in the book. 

The Wainwrights in Colour Book inside view  360 pages in full colour         33cm x 22cm       Printed and produced in UK

includes a 17 minute DVD on how Andy completed just one of the fells in this major undertaking.

Each fell is featured and is illustrated with all of the sketches and short descriptive notes.

The books retails at £39.00 

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW.To order copies with Postage and Packing click here   For delivery overseas please email me.

  Because of the expense of self-publishing such a full colour book we are going to produce a standard limited run of the book of only 5000 copies. Don’t expect to find them at a discounted rate online….that will not happen. Even though the book is listed on certain online retailers I am only currently supplying copies to local independent shops (see below). 

Trade Enquiries Welcome. Email

NEW- Stockists. I have been out recently supplying local independent bookshops with stocks of books, below is a map showing those stockists, please support them and if you know of a shop which would like to be on this list then just email me.

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Tarn Crag (Far Eastern)*If you are one of the many people who have already expressed an interest in purchasing this book then you recently will have received emails about ordering. If you no longer are interested in purchasing a copy then please let me know so that we can re-allocate books to other customers.




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by ELAINE AND PAUL BARDSLEY on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights in Colour

Beautiful.Great to bring the beauty of the fells, his history and your expertise together ANDY.Well done.A melting pot of historic views brought up to date.

by joyce jackson on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
A Book to Inherit

Thankyou for producing this wonderful book from your amazing art that you so patiently and skilfully accomplished. My copies will go to my son and daughter to inspire them and my grandchildren in many ways.

Andy Beck's masterpiece

Thank you so much for your beautiful book ,well packaged and printed! Need hours to read it all! A quick look and I see views I loved , I am so excited to browse this, what can only be described as a work of art. pages full of paintings, lovingly created over years. It is packed full of scenes and script and worth treble the money. well printed and layout is interesting, It deserves national recognition

by Julie Procter on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Inspirational achievement!

I bought The Wainwrights in Colour as a retirement present for my husband. He is so thrilled with it especially as he completed 'The 214' not so very long ago, having spread them over the past forty years!Your book is such a wonderful achievement and a testament to your tenacity and devotion to The Lake District. Thank you Andy!

by Andrew Middlemiss on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights in Colour Book

A must have for any lover of the Lakeland Fells or Wainwright aficionado. A simply stunning book breathing new life into the legendary work of the great AW. Thoughtful, non intrusive text giving explanations of the challenges faced by the Artist & Author in revisiting the 1508 locations (some several times) across 214 fells illustrate what an enormous task the creation of this book was. A fitting tribute to AW and his pen & ink work of over 50 years ago. A book that will complement my AW collection and be a constant source of delight and inspiration in years to come .... just like the Pictorial Guides. I can also recommend the accompanying talk / presentation given by Andy Beck if you are able to attend one. A fascinating insight into the creation of this monumental masterpiece.

A Modern Day Classic

Were I a castaway on a desert island, this book would be my luxury item. Andy has brought the fells alive, a truly gifted and talented artist with the eye for enriching the detail. Every evening, I treat myself to reading a couple of pages and end up going to bed much later than planned. Once my walking days are over, this book will be permanently by my side, a masterpiece, thank you Andy Beck.

by Bryan Heskett on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights in Colour

A must for any Wainwright enthusiasts to complement their collection of the famous guide books..Andy's mammoth task is truly amazing both for his single minded venture and his skills with watercolours. This book, due to its limited issue is sure to become a collectible item in the future, so don't delay in making sure you get one before they run out - you will not regret it!

by Steve Garrill on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights in Colour

Absolutely beautiful. A lovely book which I am very proud to own. Already seen by 2 of my friends (hands washed first!) and they will be ordering their own copies.

What an Achievement

Andy brings to life the Wainwright sketches. The book is obviously comprehensive given the challenge he set for himself. But it is a beautiful book to visit time and again as you seek your favourite fells and enjoy seeing them in accomplished paintings. His personal notes add another layer of interest for the reader.

by John Stephenson on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
A Classic

Recently received my Wainwrights in Colour Book from artist Andy Beck and was very pleased with my purchase. Beck probably doesn't realise the enormity of his project and the pure quality of it. This book will go down in history as a classic collection of paintings and illustrations.

by Kirstin Martin on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Beautiful book

I wasn't disappointed when I received my Wainwrights in Colour book. I am thoroughly enjoying dipping in on a regular basis and discovering lots of familiar and many more unfamiliar fells that I hope to see for myself soon. I have always loved Wainwrights original sketches but these bring the fells even more to life!It is an incredible achievement that must have been all consuming.It was also a great pleasure to meet Andy and his wife at the recent Keswick Mountain Festival, what a lovely couple. Many thanks for the book, I will treasure it!

Beautiful and interesting

I have been using my dog eared Wainwrights for more than 50 years and always loved the systematic presentation as well as the information and the sheer beauty of them. Andy's book is equally systematically presented and the paintings themselves are wonderful. It is nice to hear his comments on changes since the originals as I sometimes have wondered whether I am in the same place as AW! My Wainwrights will still go into my rucksack but I'll go to the bookshelf for Andy's book before and after my walks.

by Maureen Goddard on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Well worth the wait and something to treasure for many years to come

Love everything about this book - the dedication to detail, the colour, the context, the insights into AW and the wonderfully articulated journey in completing it. I'm a self confessed AW fan - love his pictorial guides (there's always one in the rucksack when I head for the Lakes), this book brings the guides and the hills to life in a different way and also provide a 'bringing together' of the original works in a way that the individual books don't.I could wax lyrical about it for a long time but suffice to say it's a book that I will treasure and take off the shelf on many occasions in the future. Suspect AW would be quietly proud that he'd managed to have such an influence on someone else's life's journey

The Wainwrights in Colour

It is difficult to find superlatives that have not already been used to describe this quite marvellous book. Wainwright's insistence on using handwritten text & hand drawn sketches resulted in a monumental 7 volume work that is unique. These were my bible during my 40 years of fellwalking in the Lake District. I truly consider Andy's The Wainwrights in Colour Book to be a phenomenal work that sits alongside the Pictorial Guides in terms of the obvious dedication that was necessary to create such valuable literature. In terms of quality alone, The Wainwrights in Colour stands apart, being the ideal table top reference book to which I will return after a day's fellwalking. The Pictorial Guides are practical and an essential source of advice and guidance to anyone walking the fells. Andy's book is, to me, an invaluable reference book which reminds me of days spent on the fells in a pictorially ideal way. I find it reassuring that Andy found so much that hasn't changed in the 50 years since the Pictorial Guides were produced, but equally reassured that where changes have occurred Andy's sketches and text have provided the perfect way of recording the up-to-date picture.

'Must Have' for all Wainwright enthusiasts

The Wainwrights in Colour is an incredible book and fully reflects the passion, effort, enthusiasm and talent that Andy has put into creating a new Lakeland classic. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is the closest anyone has come to matching the scope and depth of AW's pictorial guides and the perfect contemporary companion to the originals.This is a 'Must Have' for any and all Wainwright fans.

by Richard Garratt on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
A Fantastic Book with an Equally Fantastic Story

This is a fantastic book. Even if it was a standalone book of Lakeland images it would be a collection of stunning images, however the background story and the comparison to Wainwright's sketches add extra dimensions and an infinite amount of extra pleasure. I was so absorbed by the images that I hadn't even noticed the bonus DVD at the back of the book telling the story of the book's creation. I also had the pleasure of hearing Andy speak about this project at the Keswick Mountain Festival and would strongly urge people to go to one of his future talks if the opportunity arises. I absolutely love this book and know I will spend many an hour leafing through its pages in between trips to the fells. Thank you Andy!

So proud to have this...

This has pride of place on our coffee table, in our conservatory where I can look at it easily and show my friends. This truly is a most beautiful publication, a must have for any lover of Wainwright and The Lakes, so proud and so happy for Andy, congratulations, this is a work of art and has been worth the wait, thank you!

by Charles harrison on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
Wainrights in colour

When you look to do an homage of such a classic iconic piece of reference the final article has a history to live up to. The print quality was always going to be magnificent and the artistic licence and presentation is of the highest standard expected of Andy Beck. However the real triumph and ultimate accolade for this work is the meticulous time and logistical planning that went into the project. The book screams of many days spent walking, researching, sketching and reproducing wainwrights’ work. I am sure any lakes enthusiast will love this tome and it may well be the Lakeland reference of future walking generations.

by David Knowles on The Wainwrights in Colour Book
The Wainwrights in Colour

What a stunning book, a privilege to own (a birthday gift from my wife)and surely an heirloom. Andy Beck's vision, years of endeavours on the fells and at his easel, his meticulous detail, and for keeping us aware of the development of the project deserve the highest praise. For me after over forty five years of Wainwright's the book is the best complement to AW. Recommendation: buy a copy before the are (soon) all gone.

A self-published wonder!

A ten-year endeavour made good. In the creation of this book, Andy has not only produced his finest work of art, but has also demonstrated what can be achieved when you put your mind to it . Such an achievement can only be attained through passion, dedication and determination. This is more than a book, it is an adventure pursued, the summit of an epic climb... made solo!The Wainwrights in Colour will endure.Well done, Andy.

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