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A professional photographer in Devon, south-west England, working locally, nationally and internationally

An experienced and qualified photographer, a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP)

Nigel Hicks


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Basic data:

No of pages



260 x 210 mm

Cover type


No of words

Approx 15,000

No of photos

Approx 200




Aquaterra Publishing

Publication date

28th March 2020


Chapter 1

All About the Region

Chapter 2

The Mendips

Chapter 3

The Levels

Chapter 4


Chapter 5

The South and Southwest

Chapter 6

Bristol and Bath

Some Beautiful Somerset info:

Beautiful Somerset

A Portrait of a County

A new book by Nigel Hicks about Somerset, southwest England, and including the city of Bristol.

Soon to be published by Aquaterra Publishing

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Beautiful Somerset is a book that is strongly led by its photography, a series of photo essays about this varied region, and including a section on the adjoining city of Bristol. The photography in Beautiful Somerset aims to capture many of the region’s most beautiful and most interesting places, as well as some of the most popular annual events. It is intended as a photographic celebration of Somerset, a photographic memento for anyone who loves the region, whether resident or visitor. It is also of great value to any lover of evocative travel photography.

Consisting of just 80 glossy pages, the book is nevertheless divided into six chapters, summarised as:

Chapter 1: All About the Region. Beautiful Somerset’s only text-led chapter, this is an overview of the region, covering its landscape, wildlife, economy and tourism. Although text-led, the pages are nevertheless illustrated with a series of photos.

The remaining five chapters are all photo essays covering different parts of the region.

Chapter 2: The Mendips. A photo essay about the rugged hills that run across the northern part of the county, including Cheddar Gorge, the Blagdon and Chew Valley Lakes, and the historic city of Wells.

Chapter 3: The Levels. A photo essay that covers the extensive low-lying and often marshy flat lands that are the heart of the county, and including some of its low-lying coastline.

Chapter 4: Exmoor. A photo essay about Somerset’s only national park, covering its high moorland hills, its deep valleys, its remote coastline, and some of its characteristic villages.

Chapter 5: The South and Southwest. The southernmost parts of Somerset, covering an area stretching from the Quantock Hills and reaching across to the Dorset and Devon borders around such places as Yeovil and Wellington, and taking in the Somerset section of the Blackdown Hills.

Chapter 6: Bristol and Bath. The urban heart of this otherwise largely rural region, this is a photo essay that covers the best of these two very historic, but nevertheless quite different cities.

Resources: A list of websites and contacts for a range of Somerset resources.

Aquaterra Publishing

As with Nigel’s earlier books, Wild Southwest, Beautiful Devon and Beautiful Cornwall, Beautiful Somerset is produced by his own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, making this the company’s fourth book.

Beautiful Somerset is the third in a series of Portrait of a County books, joining Beautiful Devon and Beautiful Cornwall on the shelves. We’ll keep you posted on future titles.

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