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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349120889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349120881
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...this is a warm, informative, engaging work...It is a narrative that is accessible, entertaining and frequently insightful (IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.

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Charlie Connelly's naturally light hearted writing style suits this book brilliantly. Much of the success of the book can be attributed to the ease with which he delivers both historical information and travel anecdotes - at no point sounding forced or superfluous.

Despite possessing only a limited knowledge (and perhaps only a passing interest) of the historical figures covered, I was drawn in by the author's infectious enthusiasm for discovery. There is also a great range of history covered, spanning several thousand years and a wide area of Britain.

Not only has this book encouraged me to get out and about, it has broadened my horizons from the other Connelly titles I have read and enjoyed, 'Stamping Grounds' and 'Spirit High & Passion Pure'. Fellow readers of those books can be reassured that 'And Did Those Feet' touches on football nostalgia. For those who may wonder how football has its place in the story, the brief indulgence is suitably justified and contextualised!

This book will suit anybody with even a light interest in British history, the outdoors or travel writing. Its approachable style makes it an enjoyable read for either serious reading, or simply dipping in and out when time allows. A refreshing perspective on the history of these islands, 'And Did Those Feet' is without doubt one of the best books I've ever read.
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2009
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Charlie Connelly's account of his walks through British & Irish history is for the most part highly entertaining and at times also fascinating.

Covering diverse episodes, from Boudica's uprising against the Romans to Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to Skye disguised as a Scottish maid, it succeeds in its stated aim of shining a light on some slightly dusty corners of this country's history. Even as a man with an A-Level in history and two history teachers in my immediate family I found myself learning new facts about events I hitherto only had the sketchiest knowledge of.

Connelly also makes for an engaging guide, narrator and companion on the geographical and temporal travels he undertakes. He has a witty, self-deprecating and wry sense of humour but doesn't allow the comedy to become the book's focus. He's also good at distilling historical events down to the pertinent facts without missing out anything critical or making things too dry.

Almost inevitably some of the journeys he undertakes are more interesting than others. His attempts to retrace the steps of Boudica, King Harold and Bonnie Prince Charlie appealed to me most as they combined the best mix of history and travelogue. By contrast his trip across the Isle of Man retracing the journey of Olaf the Dwarf, King of Man, struggled to hold my attention as details of the author's journey came to the fore to mask the apparent lack of factual historical detail available about the little known Olaf.

Overall however, I enjoyed my time in the company of Charlie Connelly. Having not read any of his other books I cannot comment on how this one compares. I would however, recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history or who, like me, enjoys a good walk.
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Good fun - part history, part travelogue and part gentle, self-depreciating humour.
His first walk along Boudica's rampage through East Anglia and London took him past my house which serves to emphasise one of the author's key messages: history is on our own doorsteps and all around us. He manages to get across alot of the relevant history behind each walk without ever making you feel as if you are reading a text book and I would be amazed if anyone reading it isn't inspired to be just abit more curious about the streets they walk down, towns and villages they visit and historical monuments they come across. Whether his various mishaps, encounters and the rank bad weather he walked through encourage people to get out walking I am less certain.
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I really enjoyed this book as it combined two real interests of mine history and walking. Charlie has picked a number of famous charecters from History (Harold, Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie & others) and retraced a particular memorable journey they made. He does a really good job of mixing the history of the characters and the journey they made into his present day walk. The book is funny he relays the tribulations of long distance walks well and he is obviously fond of a drink as a good many nights seem to be spent in pubs en route. The final walk concerning the famine walk has a particular personal note for me as my mother came from Louisburgh so i can confirm the scenary is stunning. Excellent book.
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Charlie Connelly has the gift of putting you right in the place of history - I almost want to don a pair of walking boots and retrace his steps. I love the way he describes the charaters he meets on the way. This book will certainly put a smile on your face as well as increasing your knowledge of some of the more obscure characters our history throws up. Buy it you will love it!
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Not often I laugh out loud at a book....but this one hits the spot several times!! Wonderfully written : amusing yet informative. Well deserved place as a radio Four book of the week....excellent read.
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