The Green Road Into The Trees Paperback – 21 Mar 2013
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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 ›
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I found this long-winded, rather smug and self-absorbed to be honest. It is less a book about the Icknield way but more an opportunity for the author to indulge in tales of his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Harry
Sent this as a gift to my in laws who enjoy walking. They loved it and sent copies to all their friends!Published 7 months ago by Berenice
I felt I was on the ramble with him. Spontaneous, informative ,eclectic and has a dry sense of humour. Perceptive and scholarly in parts without being fusty. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan Evans
I absolutely love this book - it has earned a permanent place on my bedside table (together with 'The Wind In The Willows'). The author really takes you with him on his journey. Read morePublished 12 months ago by sweetpea