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5.0 out of 5 stars Get on your boots
I have enjoyed Stuart Maconie's books for a good while now, previously being aware of him as a journalist and broadcaster. This book brings together a collection of his essays from Country Walking magazine. And it does not disappoint, in his witty, pithy, easy yet knowledgeable style.

This is a book to encourage newcomers to walking, but also to bring a new...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Small gems, in a large package
Picked this up on the spur of the moment to take on a trip to the Peak Distruct, expecting a kind of hill walking Cider With Roadies. But in fact it's a collection of short columns Maconie wrote for Country Walking magazine. Ruminations on various aspects of walking. Individually they are fine, but reading them back to back you start to long for something a bit more...
Published on 9 April 2012 by Lendrick


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small gems, in a large package, 9 April 2012
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Picked this up on the spur of the moment to take on a trip to the Peak Distruct, expecting a kind of hill walking Cider With Roadies. But in fact it's a collection of short columns Maconie wrote for Country Walking magazine. Ruminations on various aspects of walking. Individually they are fine, but reading them back to back you start to long for something a bit more substantive.

What it is definitely not is "Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks", it's a book for the bedside or the loo, not to guide your next venture into the hills.

Maconie writes well, and there is much pleasure to be had from these short pieces. But the large format paperback - and price for a book in which every 3rd page is a title page - feels like pushing it a bit. 1 star deducted for feeling a trifle ripped off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get on your boots, 10 Jun 2013
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I have enjoyed Stuart Maconie's books for a good while now, previously being aware of him as a journalist and broadcaster. This book brings together a collection of his essays from Country Walking magazine. And it does not disappoint, in his witty, pithy, easy yet knowledgeable style.

This is a book to encourage newcomers to walking, but also to bring a new energy to seasoned lovers of farm track and moor, mountain and canal side.

Read, enjoy, and get out there.

Brian James
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read at any time, 29 Mar 2013
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I love anything written by Stuart Maconie. This book is not quite what I expected though. Rather than being a completely new entity, it is a collection of his previously published magazine articles. None the worse for that mind. Each is a separate little gem, with all the erudition, variety and good sense that we expect from Stuart.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously underwhelmed, 26 Jan 2014
I really like Stuart Maconie, his writing, broadcasting, everything - which is why I was so disappointed by this. The cover says 'How hillwalking can change your life' which suggests it is a single piece of work which moves (ambles, rambles possibly) towards that conclusion. In reality it is series of short, and sadly repetitive, articles written for a magazine. There's nothing particularly wriong with the articles but it ends up being a very unsatisfactory read with every one finishing shortly after getting started. It should really say 'Collected writings or similar on the cover. A real pity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended it to other fellow keen walkers Lots ..., 26 Nov 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended it to other fellow keen walkers Lots of mentions of familiar places that I have been to many times not all the regular touristy places at all but places really off the beaten tracks - the really nice places! I learnt lots about things but also smiled all the way through as it was pleasant reminders of all things good in the world and motivated me to go out and about. His pure enthusiasm just flowed through - fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic., 7 Mar 2014
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Another classic from Maconie. Hilarious, heart warming and touching as ever. It has made me want to rush out and buy some boots and get walking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quantocks, 14 July 2014
Great book, just started reading it. Love Stuart Maconie's work. Many thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A right good ramble, 28 April 2014
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Stuart Maconie writes as if you are his mate and you are out on an afternoon hike before a nice pint in the pub later. You feel his joy at sharing his passion for walking with every sentence. Funny and we'll informed. Great stuff .
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2.0 out of 5 stars As lazy - and funny - as its title., 28 Dec 2013
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If you loved Stuart Maconie from the golden days of NME or from "Pies and Prejudice", then give this a miss. It's a series of gentle, trivial magazine articles on walking. It's as polite and trite as an episode of "Desert Island Discs". (No, Stuart, please don't.) I love walking and the Lake District, but by the half way point the same Blake quotation had appeared 3 times, and I gave up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of magazine columns, so flawed, 9 Nov 2013
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Ultimately a disappointment. Using column material for a book is rarely wise, and this no exception. The articles were not written to flow like a book and it shows. What you are left with is a collection of short and very repetitive articles which are too short for the book format. There is no doubt about the authors credentials and ability, but look elsewhere to find it since this is too unsatisfying...
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