Heritage book Wild About Putney hits top spot in bestseller charts

Picturesque shot featured in Wild About Putney

Picturesque shot featured in Wild About Putney

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A book all about Putney knocked bestsellers off the charts in local Waterstones branches this Christmas.

Wild About Putney, by photographer Andrew Wilson, celebrates all aspects of Putney life.

The coffee table book showcases the area in a series of photographs, accompanied with local facts.

It is complimented with a short history of Putney by author Philip Evison, with everything from the river to pubs featuring.

Mr Wilson, 56, said he was surprised to see shoppers buying three or four copies of the book in Waterstones, Putney High Street, during the build up to Christmas, pushing the volume to the top of the bestsellers chart in the branch.

The Putney Society member has spent four years turning his photography hobby into a career and has already released six books on other areas in London.

But his home-town is his real passion, with images from the book taken while he was walking his springer spaniel in Putney.

He said: "What is fun is when you start to do a project like this, you discover stuff you don't know.

"A primary school called Granard has a 300 year old cedar tree, which is absolutely magnificent. I would never have discovered it had I not done this book.

"I absolutely love being top of the chart and have tweeted a picture of it many times - especially to Jamie Oliver, who I cheekily suggested should ‘eat that’."

Mr Wilson, who also works as a business advisor, said he hopes to work on similar projects in the future.

He has also published Wild About Wimbledon, Wild About the Thames and Wild About Barnes as well as several other books.

Wild About Putney is available to purchase in Waterstones, Putney High Street, Hutton's, Putney Exchange and Barnes Bookshop.

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