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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349120889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349120881
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster.

He is the author of ten books, including the bestselling 'Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast', and 'And Did Those Feet...: Walking Through 2000 Years Of British And Irish History'.

'Attention All Shipping' is one of the biggest selling travel narratives of the past decade, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and the audio version was voted the second greatest audiobook of all time in a Guardian/Waterstones poll in August 2008. 'And Did Those Feet' was also a Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Martin Freeman.

Charlie was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme, his first film for which won the Silver Thistle Award for international broadcasting.

He co-presented the first three series of Traveller's Tree with Fi Glover for BBC Radio 4 and devised and presented the acclaimed documentary 'Noel Coward, The Poet' for the same channel. He has been a regular guest on 'Excess Baggage' and has also appeared on BBC Radio 2, RTÉ Radio 1, Newstalk 106.2 and BBC Five Live. Charlie was shortlisted for the 2008 British Guild of Travel Writers' Radio Award for his work on Traveller's Tree.

He has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Times, New Statesman, Arena, Irish Times, Sunday Times, Glasgow Herald and - much to his accountant's amusement - the Financial Times. He has also written comedy scripts for RTÉ Radio One and wrote the well-received comedy show What's The Story?, broadcast in January 2011, for the same channel.

Charlie is a popular and entertaining public speaker, having lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, sold out the Edinburgh Festival and spoken at numerous events and festivals with venues for his solo appearances ranging from a sold out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to the Toller Porcorum Village Hall in Dorset.

He has sung Blue Moon of Kentucky live on Uzbek national television with the country's biggest pop star, is an official ambassador for a breakaway Lithuanian republic, was once hounded by the UK national press after being falsely accused of intending to invade Rockall, was presented with an honorary team shirt with his name on by the Liechtenstein national football team and has been chased across the Great Plain by Hungarian gangsters. They thought he was someone else, but fortunately he didn't notice until they were arrested.

Charlie was born and raised in London. He now lives in Dublin.

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For IN SEARCH OF ELVIS: 'A really, really good idea ... Connelly is an eminently affable, agreeable guide' DAILY MAIL * 'A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of an icon and his legacy' DAILY EXPRESS Praise for ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING: 'One of those simple yet brilliant ideas' Daily Mail 'What a great idea for a book' - Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Howell on 28 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Charlie Connelly's naturally light hearted writing style suits this book brilliantly. Much of the success of the book can be attributed to the ease with which he delivers both historical information and travel anecdotes - at no point sounding forced or superfluous.

Despite possessing only a limited knowledge (and perhaps only a passing interest) of the historical figures covered, I was drawn in by the author's infectious enthusiasm for discovery. There is also a great range of history covered, spanning several thousand years and a wide area of Britain.

Not only has this book encouraged me to get out and about, it has broadened my horizons from the other Connelly titles I have read and enjoyed, 'Stamping Grounds' and 'Spirit High & Passion Pure'. Fellow readers of those books can be reassured that 'And Did Those Feet' touches on football nostalgia. For those who may wonder how football has its place in the story, the brief indulgence is suitably justified and contextualised!

This book will suit anybody with even a light interest in British history, the outdoors or travel writing. Its approachable style makes it an enjoyable read for either serious reading, or simply dipping in and out when time allows. A refreshing perspective on the history of these islands, 'And Did Those Feet' is without doubt one of the best books I've ever read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Worsfold on 25 Aug 2009
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Good fun - part history, part travelogue and part gentle, self-depreciating humour.
His first walk along Boudica's rampage through East Anglia and London took him past my house which serves to emphasise one of the author's key messages: history is on our own doorsteps and all around us. He manages to get across alot of the relevant history behind each walk without ever making you feel as if you are reading a text book and I would be amazed if anyone reading it isn't inspired to be just abit more curious about the streets they walk down, towns and villages they visit and historical monuments they come across. Whether his various mishaps, encounters and the rank bad weather he walked through encourage people to get out walking I am less certain.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan 2009
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Charlie Connelly's account of his walks through British & Irish history is for the most part highly entertaining and at times also fascinating.

Covering diverse episodes, from Boudica's uprising against the Romans to Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to Skye disguised as a Scottish maid, it succeeds in its stated aim of shining a light on some slightly dusty corners of this country's history. Even as a man with an A-Level in history and two history teachers in my immediate family I found myself learning new facts about events I hitherto only had the sketchiest knowledge of.

Connelly also makes for an engaging guide, narrator and companion on the geographical and temporal travels he undertakes. He has a witty, self-deprecating and wry sense of humour but doesn't allow the comedy to become the book's focus. He's also good at distilling historical events down to the pertinent facts without missing out anything critical or making things too dry.

Almost inevitably some of the journeys he undertakes are more interesting than others. His attempts to retrace the steps of Boudica, King Harold and Bonnie Prince Charlie appealed to me most as they combined the best mix of history and travelogue. By contrast his trip across the Isle of Man retracing the journey of Olaf the Dwarf, King of Man, struggled to hold my attention as details of the author's journey came to the fore to mask the apparent lack of factual historical detail available about the little known Olaf.

Overall however, I enjoyed my time in the company of Charlie Connelly. Having not read any of his other books I cannot comment on how this one compares. I would however, recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history or who, like me, enjoys a good walk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By King Eric on 25 May 2010
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I really enjoyed this book as it combined two real interests of mine history and walking. Charlie has picked a number of famous charecters from History (Harold, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie & others) and retraced a particular memorable journey they made. He does a really good job of mixing the history of the characters and the journey they made into his present day walk. The book is funny he relays the tribulations of long distance walks well and he is obviously fond of a drink as a good many nights seem to be spent in pubs en route. The final walk concerning the famine walk has a particular personal note for me as my mother came from Louisburgh so i can confirm the scenary is stunning. Excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Shakeshaft on 18 Mar 2009
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A very enjoyable and educational book. I learned more about British history from this book than I ever did in the classroom. Charlie Connelly is better than Bryson in my opinion and I look forward to his next book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suzi on 27 Aug 2010
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Charlie Connelly has the gift of putting you right in the place of history - I almost want to don a pair of walking boots and retrace his steps. I love the way he describes the charaters he meets on the way. This book will certainly put a smile on your face as well as increasing your knowledge of some of the more obscure characters our history throws up. Buy it you will love it!
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