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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot Paperback – 30 May 2013
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Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times.
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It opens your mind to the exhilaration of walking the old pathways, roads and tracks that cross Southern England and Scotland particularly. He seems to have been inspired by Edward Thomas, the poet, Laurie Lee and other travel writers who have walked the old paths of England. This is the best book I have ever read on walking, travelling, and the fascination of landscapes, nature, geography, topography, archeology, history, mixed in with poetry and the voices of people who have travelled these roads in the past.
In summary, beautiful, fascinating, inspiring, thoughtful, and one of my favourite books ever. I will buy his other books, eespecially Mountains of the Mind and I am sure will enjoy this just as much. Just buy it and enjoy it slowly one chapter and walk a day.It is like good wine that needs to be savoured and sipped carefully.
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