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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446301656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446301654
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, and he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Zone. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.


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Stuart Maconie is a writer, journalist and broadcaster known to millions through his best-selling books and radio and TV work. A former deputy editor of the New Musical Express (NME), he has presented shows on most BBC radio networks and currently presents the afternoon show on 6Music. In addition to his column in Country Walking Magazine, he is also the author of several best-selling titles, including Adventures on the High Teas and Pies and Prejudice.  His books have sold almost a million copies, and have been translated into Italian, Russian, German and Japanese. Stuart lives in Birmingham.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 9 April 2012
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Picked this up on the spur of the moment to take on a trip to the Peak Distruct, expecting a kind of hill walking Cider With Roadies. But in fact it's a collection of short columns Maconie wrote for Country Walking magazine. Ruminations on various aspects of walking. Individually they are fine, but reading them back to back you start to long for something a bit more substantive.

What it is definitely not is "Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks", it's a book for the bedside or the loo, not to guide your next venture into the hills.

Maconie writes well, and there is much pleasure to be had from these short pieces. But the large format paperback - and price for a book in which every 3rd page is a title page - feels like pushing it a bit. 1 star deducted for feeling a trifle ripped off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Punk Snail on 10 Jun. 2013
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I have enjoyed Stuart Maconie's books for a good while now, previously being aware of him as a journalist and broadcaster. This book brings together a collection of his essays from Country Walking magazine. And it does not disappoint, in his witty, pithy, easy yet knowledgeable style.

This is a book to encourage newcomers to walking, but also to bring a new energy to seasoned lovers of farm track and moor, mountain and canal side.

Read, enjoy, and get out there.

Brian James
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alwayshopeful on 29 Mar. 2013
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I love anything written by Stuart Maconie. This book is not quite what I expected though. Rather than being a completely new entity, it is a collection of his previously published magazine articles. None the worse for that mind. Each is a separate little gem, with all the erudition, variety and good sense that we expect from Stuart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thegingerman on 26 Jan. 2014
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I really like Stuart Maconie, his writing, broadcasting, everything - which is why I was so disappointed by this. The cover says 'How hillwalking can change your life' which suggests it is a single piece of work which moves (ambles, rambles possibly) towards that conclusion. In reality it is series of short, and sadly repetitive, articles written for a magazine. There's nothing particularly wriong with the articles but it ends up being a very unsatisfactory read with every one finishing shortly after getting started. It should really say 'Collected writings or similar on the cover. A real pity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cheshire cat68 on 26 Nov. 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended it to other fellow keen walkers Lots of mentions of familiar places that I have been to many times not all the regular touristy places at all but places really off the beaten tracks - the really nice places! I learnt lots about things but also smiled all the way through as it was pleasant reminders of all things good in the world and motivated me to go out and about. His pure enthusiasm just flowed through - fantastic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham Barley on 7 Mar. 2014
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Another classic from Maconie. Hilarious, heart warming and touching as ever. It has made me want to rush out and buy some boots and get walking!
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If you loved Stuart Maconie from the golden days of NME or from "Pies and Prejudice", then give this a miss. It's a series of gentle, trivial magazine articles on walking. It's as polite and trite as an episode of "Desert Island Discs". (No, Stuart, please don't.) I love walking and the Lake District, but by the half way point the same Blake quotation had appeared 3 times, and I gave up.
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By Colin Wade on 28 April 2014
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Stuart Maconie writes as if you are his mate and you are out on an afternoon hike before a nice pint in the pub later. You feel his joy at sharing his passion for walking with every sentence. Funny and we'll informed. Great stuff .
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