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Walking Through Spring
Walking Through Spring
by Graham Hoyland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare enchantment, 15 May 2016
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Graham Hoyland’s journey along the old trackways of England is an enchanting addition to the literature of the countryside. At every turn of the path, he finds something intriguing and informative in the literature, the history, the people or the current state of the countryside – better than Bryson for being more delicate, more sensitive and, simply . . . more English. Never purple, never laboured, his prose at times compares with that of his much-quoted Richard Jeffries and is rich with chuckles – the image of adders, after copulation, “lying together for a couple of hours, smoking” and a blue tit “sounding like a furious bicycle pump” will certainly linger. Lamenting the massive reduction over the last century of much of our native wildlife, largely due to the increase in humans, Hoyland plaintively asks “What are we all for?”. Well, when you’ve read this compelling book, you’ll be in no doubt that we are all here for is to explore, nurture and care for our vanishing countryside, and to love and cherish its every last corner. Go to it.


Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine's fatal ascent
Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine's fatal ascent
Price: £6.49

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last word on Mallory and Irvine., 25 May 2013
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This really is the best, and probably the ultimate, analysis of whether or not Mallory and Irvine reached the summit of Everest in 1924. Graham Hoyland has been high on Everest many times, including its summit, both as a climber and as a film cameraman; he understands the mountain, then and now, like few others. The work is painstakingly researched, highly detailed and immensely readable, interspersed with lively personal anecdote and a wealth of experience. It's an exciting read, difficult to put down, and a MUST for anyone with an interest in the history of the world's highest mountain. This book should leap onto every mountaineer's bookshelf. Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine's fatal ascent
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