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A Walk Along The Wall Paperback – 4 May 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New ed of 3 Revised ed edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752836897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752836898
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hunter Davies is the author of over thirty books which include such modern classics as the authorised biography of The Beatles, The Glory Game and A Walk Around the Lakes. He has written several other walking books and also a travel biography of Christopher Columbus which took him to the West Indies and the Americas. He is also well known as a broadcaster and journalist and writes for the Independent, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and New Statesman. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster.


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This book is a good mixture of a well-told history of Hadrian's Wall and a contemporary walk along remains of the Wall. The history sections are particularly good: unlike most writing about Roman history, this is accessible and lightly written so that really comes alive. These sections would stand well on their own, but they also merge well with the sections about the author's walk along the wall. These parts are entertaining and interesting, however, the fact that he did the walk in several sections splits up the narrative disconcertingly in places. The book was written thirty years ago, and some parts have dated badly. However, there is a useful (and up-to-date) appendix giving information on how and where to see the Wall today.
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This book describes the author's experiences in walking Hadrian's Wall from Newcastle to Bowness, to the west of Carlisle. You don't need to know anything about the Romans to enjoy this book - a particular strength of the writing is in putting historical and archaeological research in terms any reader can understand. For example, he explains that the best remains of the Wall are now in the centre of the country because so much of it has been pulled down to be used in other buildings. Some stretches of it were cleared to be used as the first proper east-west road in the area: the wall foundations unfortunately made ideal road foundations as well!

Only about half the book is actually about the Romans: a better title might have been "A Walk Through Hadrian's Wall Country" as the author recounts stories about people he meets on route. In fact, he seems more interested in human nature than in the Wall at some points as he recounts being questioned by one B&B owner about how much another is charging, or in revealing rivalries within the archaeological community, or the different layers within Northumberland aristocracy.

If all this sounds very dull, don't worry: it is all handled with a light touch and actually makes the area more interesting because a particular theme is how the local people relate to the Wall, whether they think it is a blessing or a curse, what they know about it, and so on. It's also important because for about 20-25 miles on either end of the Wall there isn't a whole lot to see because so much stone has been taken away for other buildings: if it were purely about the Wall, this book would be about half the length.

Another of the book's charms for the reader of today is that it was written in 1974.
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a must read book for anyone that fancies exploring the wall - i read this in the 1970's and it inspired me to look further into the wall, its history and in later years to actually walk it. Nowadays there is a well signed and organised path which ironically, doesn't follow the actual wall for most of its length but the book evokes a time before mobile phones, internet and the wall was not the mainstream tourist industry hot-spot it is today
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Great book about the wall walk, quite outdated, but a brilliant source of information altogether. A recommended read before hitting the Wall...
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Prompt despatch, good quality book at a reasonable price.
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