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Ancient Feet [Paperback]

Alan Nolan
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Book Description

6 Oct 2008
Meet the Old Spice Boys - Dosh, Whinger, Shorty, Scaredy and Windy - five men who are, perhaps, approaching their 'sell-by' date, determined to prove that age is all in the mind. Together, they set off to walk from one coast of England to the other. Will their Ancient Feet carry them there? Will a diet of pies and pasties prove to be the right preparation for the physical challenge of walking over 190 miles? Will their friendship survive twelve days in each other's company? Why is one of them carrying three enormous onions? Following Alfred Wainwright's route across the north of England, their hilarious adventures unfold and one of them begins to believe he has much in common with his hero, particularly when he 'discovers' that Mr Wainwright had an unusual, and unpublicised, encounter with a buzzard.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906510970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906510978
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Nolan was born and grew up in Southport, Lancashire and didn't realise that the earth isn't flat until he left the town at the age of 21. He worked in financial services until his retirement in 2006 and it was by chance that he took up writing. His first book, Ancient Feet, was based on the Coast to Coast Walk and resulted in his appearance in the Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast series on BBC television, being interviewed by Julia Bradbury on a hillside in Cumbria. He was a little surprised when, at an author talk, the Chairman announced that Alan would be telling the audience about his involvement with Julia Bradbury - 'I promised to keep that a secret', Alan responded.
His second book, Like Father, Love Son, was published in February, 2011.
When sitting down to write a book, Alan says his main objective is to make readers laugh. 'If I can raise a chuckle, it's all been worthwhile.'

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...full of humour and encouragement as well as some hidden nuggets of good advice... Cumbria 20081101

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Born and raised in Southport, Lancashire, Alan started work inLiverpool in 1963, just when The Cavern Club seemed to be the centre of the universe.Despite the distractions of pop and football, he managed to pick up a good groundingin finance and set up his own business as an Independent Financial Adviser in 1985. He is now retired and lives with his partner, Suzy, and their three border collies in aconverted village school in a small hamlet in rural North Staffordshire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Feet 30 Aug 2009
Very good read,and its good to know that you don't have to be young to have fun. This book follows the story of a group of young at heart men following Alfred Wainwrights coast to coast and the challenges they faced walking 190 miles over 12 days.It was written in a light hearted manner and was the first book I've read that made me laugh from the 1st page. A recommended read even if you have never walked the route.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and funny 3 Jan 2010
I loved this book from start to finish. I felt like I was a member of the gang following on behind watching events unfold. This book is moving in parts as you learn about the men and the decisions they have to make. I felt like I was saying farewell to old friends when the book came to an end. I definitely recommend this book. It is living proof that anyone young or old can have an adventure. Buy it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Feet 4 April 2011
I really enjoyed this book. The story is told by a sixty year old chap about the coast to coast walk that he and his friends are undertaking. The main focus of the story seems to be the relationships between the group, and later on, the relationships between the gents and their wives (that bit was actually a bit sad), and also about the B&B, guesthouse and camp sites they encounter along the way. Surprisingly little detail is given to the walk itself, other than what town they are starting and finishing each day in. One thing that would make the book much more readable, would be a map at the beginning, showing each day's route, and perhaps update the map at the start of each chapter. They talk about various towns, but unless you get an atlas out, you don't get an idea of progress they make each day, nor about what a huge undertaking the coast to coast is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable romp 20 Nov 2010
im considering doing the c2c walk so this book was an obvious choice. have to say it made for a most enjoyable read & a few potential pitfalls were explained
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