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A NEW book featuring stunning pictures of Dorset’s towns and villages has gone on sale.

The 176-page coffee table volume is published by the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo and features many pictures sent in by readers during a competition that ran earlier in the year, in association with Castle Cameras.

It also includes some of the best pictures that our staff photographers have taken around the county.

The book was launched yesterday at Waterstone’s, Castlepoint, Bournemouth.

Dorset: A Photographic Journey Through Towns and Villages, is sponsored by Brendoncare.

Ron Staker, chief executive of Brendoncare, said: “It’s a fabulous book – it’s got a lot of photos that completely endorse the beauty of the countryside in Dorset, which is some of the best in Great Britain.

“The quality of the photography really is fantastic and we’re proud to be associated with such a beautiful county and quality book.”

There is a section dedicated to each part of Dorset – West Dorset, Portland, Weymouth, Dorchester, Purbeck, North Dorset, East Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

Each shows the beauty and diversity of our county, from the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole to the rugged Jurassic Coast of Purbeck and West Dorset.

From chocolate box villages to the Millionaires’ Row of Sandbanks, the book showcases the wonder of every aspect of Dorset.

Toby Granville, Group Editor of the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, said: “I’m delighted that we have produced the latest in our series of wonderful Dorset Photographic Journey books.

“This one features fantastic pictures highlighting the beauty of Dorset’s towns and villages and it will make a great addition to those collecting our series of books, as well as making an ideal Christmas present.”

James Headington, manager of Castlepoint Waterstone’s, added: “These books have done hugely well and we’re hoping that this will be one of the best sellers for the Christmas period.

“The Echo books are produced very well and we have a wonderful county for photos.”

Anne Elford, from Swanage, has two photos in the book and attended the launch. She said: “I’m thrilled to bits. It was my ambition to have a full page and I’ve managed that. I’m a keen amateur photographer. It’s a big achievement to get published.”

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Where to buy

Bournemouth Office, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 6HH
Poole Office, 85 The Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ
Swanage Office, 21b Commercial Road, Swanage, BH19 1DF
Waterstone’s Castlepoint, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, BH8 9UY
Waterstone’s Poole, 18 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1ER Waterstone’s Bournemouth, 14-16 Bournemouth Arcade, Bournemouth, BH1 2AF
WHSmith, Swanage, 5 Station Road, Swanage, BH19 1AB
WHSmith, Blandford, 4 Market Place, Blandford, DT11 7EB
WHSmith, Shaftesbury, 42 High Street, Shaftesbury, SP7
WHSmith, Poole, 1-4 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1ER
Westbourne Book Shop, 65 Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9BA
WHSmith, Bournemouth, 9-13 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1DY
WHSmith, Castlepoint, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, BH8 9UZ
Swanage Bookshop, 35 Station Road, Swanage, BH19 1AD
Farwell’s, 8 North Street, Wareham, BH20 4AF
Gulliver’s Bookshop, 47 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HS
Bookends, Christchurch, 67 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AU
D J Brooking, 420 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0AA
Paperview, Ringwood, 5 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 1DG
The book is priced at £14.95 and will be on sale at bookshops around the area, as well as Echo offices.