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Former editor pens book on ‘magic’ of his patch

David JoyThe former editor of a regional publication has written a book about the “magic” of the area he served.

David Joy, who used to edit Dalesman, has written about the unique appeal of the Yorkshire Dales in A Passion for the Dales.

The book examines both the landscape of the area and the history of the people who live there.

David, pictured, can trace his roots in the area back to at least 1600.

In a piece for the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, he wrote: “I was delighted when asked to write what has evolved into A Passion for the Dales.

“It had to avoid being an academic treatise, pure autobiography or a campaigning book, but share the discovery of the Dales and its way of life over the last 70 years.

“The result is a text that’s selective, with emphasis on such personal enthusiasms as lead miners and railways, in a continuous narrative with illustrations by photographers who have superbly captured the unique appeal of this land and its people.”

David added: “This is not the easiest book I have written, and it’s safe to say there is nothing else on the Dales quite like it.

“I hope it will fascinate both dalesfolk and the many visitors to this glorious countryside.”