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A Walk Along the Wall: A Journey Along Hadrian's Wall Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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Anything written by Hunter Davies is crafted in an elegant, crisp and very readable English. He makes what might be called a dry-as-dust subject into a racy and interesting story. This sympathetic portrayal can only be the result of intense study abd research. Hunter is an historian of remarkable stature. || A charming and hugely entertaining travelling companion. || Charming account, part history, part guidebook and part personal experience. || Will appeal to both the armchair hiker and the real-world one! || Take off with Hunter Davies on a 'Walk Along the Wall'. His personal testament and guide to Hadrian's Wall and its starkly beautiful environs makes you want to leap from your armchair, as does its companion piece 'Walk Around the Lakes'.
About the Author
Hunter Davies is the author of over 30 books, many of them with a Lake District connection, as well as biographies of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Eddie Stobart. His authorised biography of Wainwright appeared in 1995. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and they divide their time between London and their Lake District home in Loweswater.
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28 December 2015
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This is a most welcome return of an old friend to my depleted book collection and should be a warning NOT to allow yourself to be persuaded to let go or LOAN any of your volumes. The cover is different from what I remember all those years past, Hunter Davies writing style though remains every bit as excellent an informed guide, east to west, along the wall. His reflections on pasts generations and more recent inhabitants give life to a hard country, and a reminder that the wall influenced well beyond its immediate area. Should you be lucky enough to walk some of the way, don't just pound in the daily miles but STOP, take in the scene & consider all the energy that went in to creating this country, ---- before, during and after Roman occupation.
Best wishes: C..
Best wishes: C..
18 September 2012
Informative about Roman Britain and giving an equally facinating insight into Northamberland and Cumbria during the 1970s, Hunter Davies' account of his walk along Hadrian's Wall is packed with entertaining anecdotes, and is interspersed with nuggets from William Hutton's 1801 account of his own parallel journey.
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