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Heights of Madness Paperback – 3 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Born in 1981 and raised in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Jonny Muir's early wanderings took him over the Lickey Hills, before he graduated to the giddier heights of the Lake District and Snowdonia.
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I have read Josie Dew's travel books in the past and if you're a fan of hers you'll love this book,however I prefer Heights of Madness though as its all on your doorstep and do able,whatever county you live in just go out and get on the roof of it this country is beautiful... Really good book witty,honest and well written and caused a few giggling fits especially Mr Twit who Jonny stumbles across on his travels Myself and my colleagues think we know him either that or there's 1 in every town...
He clearly must of seen Paul Clements' account of doing all the county tops of Ireland in his book The Height of Nonsense - or else it would be an extraordinary coincidence that the book titles are so similar. Clements' book is wry, witty and insightful and this book does not match that.
Then there is the claim that it is done in a continuous journey. When Hamish Brown says his journey is continuous it is literally so. For example Hamish's Mountain Walk (Non-Fiction) He didn't do what Muir does and disappear off to Edinburgh for a week, using motorised transport. Maybe not as bad as John Merrill's claim in Turn Right at Land's End to have walked the entire coast of the UK in a single journey and then have a month long break (and, at least, he had valid medical reason for doing so)
By the time he'd got to the Midlands, I was urging him on to the finish and wanting to know whether it was all going to work out with girlfriend Fi. I can't imagine many people ever wanting to repeat the trip - but if you're that way inclined look out for Jonny's Cicerone guide to The Uk's County Tops - due out later this year.
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