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"He is an illuminating companion…frequently comic, his voice is original and engaging; proof that it is the walker, not the path, that counts." (Independent)
"An immensely enjoyable book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful and savagely candid." (The Spectator)
"He records more than impressions: there are fascinating excursions into neglected areas of British history, and conversations with hippies, travellers and farmers, which makes Mr Thomson’s journey a joy to follow." (Country Life)
"Often funny and always enlightening" (Candida Lycett Green Countryfile)
"I would love to walk with Thomson" (John Sutherland Financial Times)
WINNER OF THE 2014 THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE
Award-winning British travel writer Hugh Thomson explores the most exotic and foreign country of them all - his own.
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The first - The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot - is a mediation on walking itself, while this book is a more conventional journey on foot along the Ikcnield Way. But the similarities do not end there: both books walk some of the same physical ground, both books refer to the poet Edward Thomas frequently and both are keenly interested in the way we (or our long gone ancestors) place ourselves in a landscape, and both are clearly written from a position of considerable knowledge and understanding.
But both books as also very different.
This book follows a slow and meandering journey along the whole length of the Ikcnield way from the Dorset coast to the edge of East Anglia - a walk through an English summer, spent under clear skies and dotted with Iron and Bronze age sites. The authors depth of knowledge of the archaeology of the Way shines through on almost every page - and the book is at its best when he is conjuring images from past. This is not to say that his observations of on the current state of England are poor. It's just that just that the modern sections tend towards accounts of people wearing funny hats and saying strange things.
These sections are well written and often funny, but they do feel conventional. This compares to the sections that are rooted in the past, where the author manages to summon a sense of place that locates the landscape both in the present and the past.Read more ›
He starts in Abbotsbury in Dorset, at the far end of the Fleet, and crosses Dorset and Wiltshire continually passing hill forts, barrows, mound, stone circles and other glimpses of prehistoric and bronze age life in this country. The journey takes him across the country to Norfolk where he end his walk at the place where Seahenge was excavated from.
I quite enjoyed it, as it combined some of my favourite subjects, history and travel, and the writing is effortless to read. He also looks back at his life, following a painful divorce, and of friends past, and journeys traveled. I think that took a little away from the essence of the book, but still glad I have read it.
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This book wasn't what I was expecting but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I was expecting more of a travelogue but this is a tale of the people the author met on the walk, the history of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Closet Romantic
I've just finished reading 'The Green Road Into The Trees: A Walk Through England'. I was hoping for a book giving the account of someone who had walked the Icknield Way - giving... Read morePublished 5 months ago by rab
Great book. Beautifully written. Mr Thomson infuses aspects of his own personal journey as he walks through a fascinating landscape. Inspired me to take a walk around my garden.Published 6 months ago by Den Allen
Sent this as a gift to my in laws who enjoy walking. They loved it and sent copies to all their friends!Published 17 months ago by Berenice
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