Timpson's Leylines Hardcover – 23 Mar 2000
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John Timpson's unique and quirky exploration of the ancient phenomenon of leylines. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
John Timpson is a much-loved personality with a legion of fans up and down the country. A stalwart of Radio 4's Today programme, for years his distinctive voice seduced millions of listeners. His books, TIMPSON'S ENGLAND, TIMPSON'S BOOK OF CURIOUS DAYS, and TIMPSON'S TRAVELS IN EAST ANGLIA have established him as a master historian of the bizarre in human behaviour.
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I take no particular view on the existence or nature of ley lines, but my sense is that any book that addresses them ought at least to explore the arguments for and against with an inherent integrity.
Instead, Timpson sets off on an unrelentingly tongue-in-cheek travelogue - albeit at times engaging - consisting mainly of visits to medieval churches and sundry other sites of antiquity, sited around the UK. He boldly sets his own subjective parameters - a broad pencil when it suits him and an attendant and unashamed deviation from Alfred Watkins' original lines - especially to avoid town centres. It may seem to be innocent fun to subtitle his introductory section on Watkins' seminal work on straight tracks as 'What's it all about Alfie?', but such a cheap epithet simply sets the tone for the rather supercilious tone that permeates the remainder of the book.
By the time I reached the middle page I was finding the crashingly unsubtle mechanism of quoting a particular (often salacious) nugget of local history only to follow it with some 'clever' disparaging comment which supposedly passes as modernist wit to be rather tiresome.
There are some excellent photos, but the lack of even the most rudimentary maps will send anyone who is seriously interested in following-up this subject scurrying for more objective and less indulgent works.
All in all, I cannot see that this book will satisfy either the ley line enthusiast or the sceptic. Perhaps however the author gained something from writing it? I do hope so.
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