MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Higgs' travelogue is an eye and mind opening trip around the island of Britain. From it's starting page to the finish it covers topics as diverse as music, brain programming, cognition, conditioning, fiction, religion, coincidence and empathy. It's a short book, and can be read quickly, but I'd recommend a second reading and possibly one or two breaks! When I'd finished I was left with a lot of questions regarding the story - reflecting on those questions, and why I'm asking them, has been almost as pleasurable as reading the book.
I laughed, got annoyed with Higgs for suddenly veering from what I expected, laughed a little more, was shocked and appalled, and ended up worrying for the future of the books characters. Higgs managed to flesh out his heroes sufficiently via narrative and first person descriptions to make me feel that they were as 'normal' as me. The use of a narrator also worked extremely well, despite being what initially frustrated me - for me it highlighted the main aim of the book which I saw as illustrating that there will always be mysteries to us, know matter how much we think we know.
While reading this I was reminded of Cope's The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-Millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain. In Slip Case.
and Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising
- I think Higgs does a great job pushing my thoughts to two heavy weight books like these while telling a story about a journey on the A roads of England, Wales and Scotland.