"He is an illuminating companion
…frequently comic, his voice is original and engaging
; proof that it is the walker, not the path, that counts." (Independent
"An immensely enjoyable
book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful
and savagely candid." (The Spectator
"He records more than impressions: there are fascinating
excursions into neglected areas of British history, and conversations with hippies, travellers and farmers, which makes Mr Thomson’s journey a joy to follow.
" (Country Life
"Often funny and always enlightening
" (Candida Lycett Green Countryfile
"I would love to walk with Thomson
" (John Sutherland Financial Times
"Thomson undertakes a 400-mile journey coast-to-coast along drover paths, bramble-filled ditches and half-forgotten tracks, discovering remnants of forgotten cultures in this celebration of old England and its heritage.
" (Daily Mail
"Thomson provides a solid sense of place and the reader gets to know the route and its distinctive features." (Times Literary Supplement
"This sparky account of a walk from Dorset to Norfolk had this reader nodding about the "strikingly neurotic behaviour… that often lies beneath the English skin" in the characters of Wind in the Willows, applauding the recognition that "Empire didn't suit us. It brought out the bossy, inflexible, hierarchical side" and whooping at Thomson's use of tie and clipboard to enter the officially imposed sanctum sanctorum of Stonehenge." (Independent
"Gently told, with rich humour and an enjoyable sense of inquiry." (The Times
WINNER OF THE 2014 THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE
Award-winning British travel writer Hugh Thomson explores the most exotic and foreign country of them all - his own.