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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241145139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241145135
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My novel The Red Men was short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award and is currently being adapted for cinema by Shynola, Warp Films and Film4.

My second book The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars interweaves history and memoir to explore why we camp.

For more on The Red Men, I can be found at harrybravado.com
For more on camping, try cathandmathcamping.com



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About the Author

Matthew De Abaitua is editor-at-large of the Idler and a committed camper. His Twitter feed and popular website, cathandmathcamping.com, provide amusing and useful information on where and how to camp in Britain. He is also the compere of the Free University of Glastonbury and the author of the novel The Red Men, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and is currently being made into a film by Shynola. Matthew lives with his wife Cath and young family in Sussex.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Mccarthy on 7 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Funny, thoughtful, entertaining and inspiring. The book intertwines personal accounts and thoughts with a history of camping. We meet plenty of fascinating, some left-field, characters along the way. It's a great book for all of us who've ever thought that they maybe more to life than staring at a screen. I'm off to get my tent and start up my own camp-fire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An English Reader on 25 Jan 2012
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a great book!

we are going camping a lot more this year - it's fun and is affordable for us, and very flexible with the children

this book is a great read
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A flop, sad to say 25 Jan 2012
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I really wanted to like this book, and ordered it from UK just to get it earlier than it was avail in the USA. It is a flop. The book is about early 20th century fringe groups who go back to nature with off track ideas, notions, etc. This book has very little to do with camping, but rather it is supposed to be a history of the camping movement. Unfort., the author only focuses on fringe groups. The most telling flaw of this politically motivated book is that the author all but ignores the Boy Scouts. How can you write a book on the outdoors movements in the USA and UK and NOT include the Scouts? It would be like wrting a history of the Super Bowl and leaving out the Steelers, or a history of the U.S. Presidency and excluding Lincoln. Readers will clearly see that the author choses to ignore the BSA (and slams Lord Baden Powell every chance he gets) because the Boy Scouts refuse to allow homosexuals to be scout leaders, and thus he waves them off as unworthy of this study. The editors should also be faulted for such a flawed book getting to press. The book isn't just flawed---it is plain foolish.
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