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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. The descriptions of the "tactical" location of hill forts is a great example of showing how people from long gone civilisations were capable planning in great sophistication - their technology may have been simple compared to ours, but their thinking was not.
In the end its the sophistication of old civilisations that populated the route of the Icknield Way that shines through this book.
While the book is basically a conventional account of journey many have taken before, it manages to be both informative, novel and entertaining.
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