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Midges, Maps and Muesli: Account of a 5, 000 Mile Walk Round the Coast of Britain Paperback – 30 Nov 1998
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What an achievement.
Why did she walk round the island of Britain? One doesn't really know, at the end. But what is certain is that she got a great deal out of it, and much of what she got out of it , she has been able to pass on to the reader. Above all this is a book about people; the innumerable people she met in the course of her journey; most of them kind and hospitable, a few impressive, one or two more or less mad. And about places - two of the most interesting to Helen, and to us, are the beautiful North West coast of Scotland - she makes one determined to go there - and Sellafield nuclear power station. The power station not so much for itself, as for the effect it has on the people who live and work in the area, none of whom appear able to consider it objectively. If only this book could have been well illustrated with good photographs, it could have been very successful indeed. As it is, it's there, you can buy it, and after all, the text is the important thing. Helen Krasner is not just a long-distance walker - she is also the author of a fascinating book.
I enjoyed the matter-of-fact way in which the author apparently dealt with all the odd things and people that she encountered along the way. She might be small - she mentions that people found it hard to believe that somebody her size could walk so far with an enormous rucksack - but she was completely indomitable! Nothing seemed to put her off.
And I think that the thing I liked most about it was the fact that she was not, and is not trying to impress anybody with her amazing achievement: that much is clear from the way it is written. She just decided that she would like to walk around the coast of her native island, and went ahead and did it - not to get into the record books, not even to raise money for good causes, but simply because that's what she wanted to do.
If this book doesn't inspire you to think that perhaps you should just get up and do that mad thing you've always dreamt of doing, then I'm afraid you'll never do it. But read the book anyway - it's jolly good entertainment.
From the comfort of my bed, I have enjoyed following Helen every step of the way from Brighton and back by way of Lizard Point, Morecambe Bay, Tobermory and Great Yarmouth, to name but four of her many stopping off points. As informative as a guidebook and entertaining as a novel, this is a book to please walkers and lazybones alike.
Midges, Maps and Muesli is her account of the journey which began in March 1986 and ended in January 1987. It tells of the places she visited and people she met, all described in a natural style that cannot fail to win over the reader. Whether describing the experience of being lost in fog within yards of a cliff edge or presenting the pros and cons of nuclear energy following a visit to Sellafield her prose never fails to engage the reader's sympathy.
Krasner wrote this book shortly after completing the journey at the beginning of 1987. When a proposed publishing deal fell through she put the manuscript away and got on with the rest of her life. Years later she decided to self-publish the account for friends. A career change as she approached her fifties saw her achieve success as a helicopter pilot trainer and aviation writer. This brought a new audience for Midges, Maps and Muesli and she soon had almost no copies left.
The world of independent publishing had been transformed with the arrival of e-books so formatting Midges, Maps and Muesli for Kindle was an obvious move. Kindle owners will be pleased that Krasner did so for it is a truly delightful read. I am now looking forward to her next book, Travels on Seven Continents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book. Got a feeling that I was on the walk. Some of the names were places I have walked. And some are now places I would love to walk.Published 9 months ago by kim
Good read but nothing special, petteres out near the end, from London to the end was non existent to be honestPublished 11 months ago by Alisdair Arkless
This a journey book, it's the type of book you look forward to reading the next stage. I found it hard to put in down.Published 16 months ago by Mr. Richard Talbot
At the outset, she manouvred a send off from radio and media teams at Brighton, though shrugging off the publicity at the end of her walk around Britain, though not sure about the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eva Wierzuchowska
This is an excellent little book,it was so absorbing I read it in one afternoon and evening.Published 22 months ago by Mrs. C. E. Smith
not read it yet but can not wait to start reading it good value for moneyPublished 23 months ago by Constance