It came totally out of the blue, says Wisbech author Diane after her book scoops local history award

PUBLISHED: 16:09 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:09 23 September 2016

Diane Calton Smith receives her award from local historian, Mike Petty.

Diane Calton Smith receives her award from local historian, Mike Petty.


An author from Wisbech has spoke of her surprise after her book scooped an award for contribution to local history.

Diane Calton Smith has worked at Peckover House for 10 years, and drew inspiration for her book, ‘A Georgian House on the Brink,’ from an exhibition at the historic home in 2015.

A year later, the book has been praised by the Cambridgeshire Association of Local History (CALH) for its ‘substantial contribution to local history.’

Diane’s book was cherry-picked from over 100 books to receive the accolade, leaving her delighted – and a little bit shocked.

“It came totally out of the blue,” she said.

“The award was made for 12 books and they read over 100 which were published last year to arrive at the 12.”

Diane was presented with her award by local historian Mike Petty at a ceremony on September 17.

Ms Calton Smith has always lived in and around Fenland and over the years has written poetry, articles and short stories based on the county.

• ‘A Georgian House on the Brink’ is published by New Generation and is available locally at the Peckover House gift shop, Wisbech and Fenland Museum and Etcetera. It is also available through Waterstones Online and Amazon at £9.99.

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