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A Fascinating Book about a Fascinating Journey
on 14 March 2002
I have read Helen Krasner's book twice and I'm sure I shall read it again. Yet it isn't entirely easy to describe what makes it so well worth reading. Although Helen claims to be an ordinary person, doing something which to her, while she was doing it, became quite an ordinary thing to do, her way of being ordinary is so extraordinary that it makes her book, and her walk, something very different and special.
Why did she walk round the island of Britain? One doesn't really know, at the end. But what is certain is that she got a great deal out of it, and much of what she got out of it , she has been able to pass on to the reader. Above all this is a book about people; the innumerable people she met in the course of her journey; most of them kind and hospitable, a few impressive, one or two more or less mad. And about places - two of the most interesting to Helen, and to us, are the beautiful North West coast of Scotland - she makes one determined to go there - and Sellafield nuclear power station. The power station not so much for itself, as for the effect it has on the people who live and work in the area, none of whom appear able to consider it objectively. If only this book could have been well illustrated with good photographs, it could have been very successful indeed. As it is, it's there, you can buy it, and after all, the text is the important thing. Helen Krasner is not just a long-distance walker - she is also the author of a fascinating book.