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Different, whimsical and really delightful,
This review is from: Off-the-wall Walking: A Different Kind of Journey (Paperback)
Though I haven't yet been to Hadrian's Wall I am a keen walker. And like this author, I also do a lot of musing as I stride along. Yet I don't miss much along the way. Neither does he. In fact, he doesn't miss a single thing. Everything he sees, including the interesting people he meets - and for Laurence, every person he meets is interesting, including the ghosts of long-dead Roman soldiers - gets woven into the narrative of this 'off the wall' walk. Characters, architecture, history, food, Nature, the present and the past ... it's all there. And along with it, the author's wry and lively commentary on his own inner process.
The walk does not proceed exactly as planned. But as we accompany Laurence on his journey, with its disasters and detours, its surprises and synchronicities, we realise along with him that many of life's most memorable moments turn out to be the unplanned and unexpected ones.
I like Laurence's sense of humour, his powers of observation and the way he lets his 'inner child' out to play. I admire his wonderful openness towards life and other people. And I love the way he uses the experience of this walk to discover some new and useful 'rules' about how to live his life. His walk along this ancient and fascinating monument truly is 'off the wall', in more senses than one, and I found his account of it utterly delightful.