- 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 (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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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.
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.
* A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative and well researched. Take a trip into history with this educated chap & learn more about our less well known parts of history.Published 2 months ago by graham bold
A good introduction to British history written in an entertaining stylePublished 11 months ago by mouse129
A very entertains book. If only school history lessons had been this good!Published 15 months ago by R S KEOGH
An interesting and different take on these long journeys, I then moved on to 'Attention all Shipping' and his journey round the unknown locations of the shipping forecast areas.Published on 5 Jan. 2014 by mr eric hartley
Not often I laugh out loud at a book....but this one hits the spot several times!! Wonderfully written : amusing yet informative. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by LadyHawk
Like other Charlie connelly Books i have read ,a joy to read and easily digestible food for the brain !Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by MR P G HENDERSON