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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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A wonderful book: Macfarlane has a rare physical intelligence, and his writing affords total immersion in place, elements and the passage of time -- Antony Gormley A naturalist who can unfurl a sentence with the breathless ease of a master angler, a writer whose ideas and reach far transcend the physical region he explores The New York Times Book Review [Mountains of the Mind is] a distinguished book that jolted my heart. Adventurous, passionate, intensely romantic ... fizzes with insights -- Roger Deakin A new naturalist to set beside the classics in our literature Evening Standard
About the Author
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways and Landmarks. 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. 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. His most recent book is The Lost Words, a spell-book for adults and children alike, illustrated by Jackie Morris.
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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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