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The Hike - and every damn thing else [Kindle Edition]

Don Shaw
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Once more we meet Freddy, Phil and Don – the hilarious, yet deep thinking, tales of three retired men determined to keep hiking to the bitter end in their beloved Peak District – but each for very different reasons...
Phil – a former air-traffic controller and the group’s self-appointed leader – is on a mission not to grow old. He believes his combination of obsessive physical exercise and the latest health supplements will hold back time.
His constant sparring partner is Freddy – a shambolic slacker who prefers to stroll and smell the flowers. Freddy’s eternal mission is to find the meaning of life. Until he does, he takes consolation in outmanoeurvring the vulgar, aspirational world around hims with his very own art of ‘onedownmanship’.
Thankfully they have Don to calm the waters. All Don asks for in return is some peace, tranquility and perhaps a decent pint when they reach their destination.
What all three share is a withering view of the modern world – a place resounding to the noise of traffic jams and mobile phones. And as they enjoy the peace of their weekly walks, weathering all that the elements and local characters can throw at them, they waste no time in setting that world to rights.
Why not join them?


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Once more we meet Freddy, Phil and Don - the hilarious, yet deep thinking, tales of three retired men determined to keep hiking to the bitter end in their beloved Peak District - but each for very different reasons...Phil - a former air-traffic controller and the group's self-appointed leader - is on a mission not to grow old. He believes his combination of obsessive physical exercise and the latest health supplements will hold back time.His constant sparring partner is Freddy - a shambolic slacker who prefers to stroll and smell the flowers. Freddy's eternal mission is to find the meaning of life. Until he does, he takes consolation in outmanoeurvring the vulgar, aspirational world around him with his very own art of 'onedownmanship'.Thankfully they have Don to calm the waters. All Don asks for in return is some peace, tranquility and perhaps a decent pint when they reach their destination.What all three share is a withering view of the modern world - a place resounding to the noise of traffic jams and mobile phones.

And as they enjoy the peace of their weekly walks, weathering all that the elements and local characters can throw at them, they waste no time in setting that world to rights.Why not join them?


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: JMD Media (26 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KSRVFA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 Dec. 2009
By Jon
Format:Paperback
Great sequel to one of my favourite books - extremely funny. After reading this you will want to become a practitioner of the art of one-downmanship. Freddy for Prime Minister!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for the walkers 28 May 2011
By Martyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Perhaps you don't have to be a hiker to enjoy this book, but it will resonate with those who are.

Anecdote, scenery, and character development are well balanced so that the repetitiveness of a straight hiker's diary is largely avoided.
The humour is much in line with that of hikers I've met, as are the characters, and serves to remind one that it is possible to be funny without swearwords or sexual innuendo.
Entertaining, undemanding holiday reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted book 28 April 2011
By xxx
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
good pass the time on a train read. Story is often funny but running jokes become a bit tedious by the end. The info about the peaks put in the book, whilst interesting, is a bit too contrived and feels more like padding. Freddy's onedownmanship had the makings of a great storyline but I felt it wasn't properly developed. A true practitioner of onedownmanship would never go to the lengths that Freddy does.
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