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Never Mind the Quantocks: Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks Paperback – 30 Mar 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446301656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446301654
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stuart Maconie is a writer, journalist and broadcaster known to millions through his best-selling books and radio and TV work. A former deputy editor of the New Musical Express (NME), he has presented shows on most BBC radio networks and currently presents the afternoon show on 6Music. In addition to his column in Country Walking Magazine, he is also the author of several best-selling titles, including Adventures on the High Teas and Pies and Prejudice.  His books have sold almost a million copies, and have been translated into Italian, Russian, German and Japanese. Stuart lives in Birmingham.


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Picked this up on the spur of the moment to take on a trip to the Peak Distruct, expecting a kind of hill walking Cider With Roadies. But in fact it's a collection of short columns Maconie wrote for Country Walking magazine. Ruminations on various aspects of walking. Individually they are fine, but reading them back to back you start to long for something a bit more substantive.

What it is definitely not is "Stuart Maconie's Favourite Country Walks", it's a book for the bedside or the loo, not to guide your next venture into the hills.

Maconie writes well, and there is much pleasure to be had from these short pieces. But the large format paperback - and price for a book in which every 3rd page is a title page - feels like pushing it a bit. 1 star deducted for feeling a trifle ripped off.
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I have enjoyed Stuart Maconie's books for a good while now, previously being aware of him as a journalist and broadcaster. This book brings together a collection of his essays from Country Walking magazine. And it does not disappoint, in his witty, pithy, easy yet knowledgeable style.

This is a book to encourage newcomers to walking, but also to bring a new energy to seasoned lovers of farm track and moor, mountain and canal side.

Read, enjoy, and get out there.

Brian James
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I love anything written by Stuart Maconie. This book is not quite what I expected though. Rather than being a completely new entity, it is a collection of his previously published magazine articles. None the worse for that mind. Each is a separate little gem, with all the erudition, variety and good sense that we expect from Stuart.
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Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended it to other fellow keen walkers Lots of mentions of familiar places that I have been to many times not all the regular touristy places at all but places really off the beaten tracks - the really nice places! I learnt lots about things but also smiled all the way through as it was pleasant reminders of all things good in the world and motivated me to go out and about. His pure enthusiasm just flowed through - fantastic
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I really like Stuart Maconie, his writing, broadcasting, everything - which is why I was so disappointed by this. The cover says 'How hillwalking can change your life' which suggests it is a single piece of work which moves (ambles, rambles possibly) towards that conclusion. In reality it is series of short, and sadly repetitive, articles written for a magazine. There's nothing particularly wriong with the articles but it ends up being a very unsatisfactory read with every one finishing shortly after getting started. It should really say 'Collected writings or similar on the cover. A real pity.
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If you loved Stuart Maconie from the golden days of NME or from "Pies and Prejudice", then give this a miss. It's a series of gentle, trivial magazine articles on walking. It's as polite and trite as an episode of "Desert Island Discs". (No, Stuart, please don't.) I love walking and the Lake District, but by the half way point the same Blake quotation had appeared 3 times, and I gave up.
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Ultimately a disappointment. Using column material for a book is rarely wise, and this no exception. The articles were not written to flow like a book and it shows. What you are left with is a collection of short and very repetitive articles which are too short for the book format. There is no doubt about the authors credentials and ability, but look elsewhere to find it since this is too unsatisfying...
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Inspires you to get your walking boots out and hit the hills. Short articles to dip into, pick up and put down anytime you have a few spare minutes. I love the references to literature, art and music - walking is expanding the soul, not just covering the miles. Entertaining for anyone from armchair devotees of the British countryside to dedicated fell walkers.
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