The cover picture by Tim McGuinness for this second volume of "My Country: Discovering North-East England" shows the dramatic high country of Upper Coquetdale in Northumberland. This is a place where the visitor can enjoy big skies, a sense of space and openness, with more than a touch of wildness. It is because of landscapes like this that a university study for the Campaign to Protect Rural England showed that the north-East is the most tranquil region in England and Northumberland is the most tranquil country. Yet, amazingly, this terrain of sweeping views and solitude is just 45 miles from Tyneside.The front of the first volume of "My Country" featured another aspect of the North-East's landscape - the romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle on its Whin Sill cliffs overlooking the sea. Both covers help illustrate the contrasting variety of natural and heritage attractions which the North-East as in abundance. If you enjoyed the first volume, you will know what awaits in the second round. If you missed the last book, then you have the choice of opting for a double helping of the delights which the region has to offer.
Tony Henderson is an award-winning journalist and has worked in various countries during his 35-year career. Born and bred in the North East, he has a lifelong interest in history, landscape and the natural environment and has worked for The Journal as Environment Editor for the past fourteen years. He now lives with his wife and two children in North Tyneside.