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- Publisher: Triarchy Press (9 July 2017)
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- Language: English
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3 August 2017
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I first came across Alyson Hallett's writing after hearing a Radio 3 broadcast of her essay on chalk. Immediately, I felt that here was a writer who spoke in a language of my own experience of walking the Downs of southern England. Curious to seek out further work by this author I bought a copy of 'Walking Stumbling Limping Falling', a pertinent subject since I was once again returning to England to walk the South Downs Way. What I could never have anticipated was that such an innocuous theme for a book could yield such an intimate exchange of mails between her and her correspondent, Phil Smith, as they regaled us with their experiences of walking and the obstacles they encountered, largely due to the idiosyncrasies of the body. While reading it it became unavoidable not to bring to the text one's own experiences and at one moment I felt my heart wrenched back to a time when seeing my own father fall down in the streets of London and realizing then for the first time just how vulnerable he was and, by extension, all of us. Such is the universal nature of the theme that while reading it I could empathize with many of their deeply personal accounts of the times the writers walked, stumbled and fell. But this is just the starting point and provided the writers with an opportunity to meander off on tangents that encompass hip replacements, walking as protest, a musical score for falling down, walking as confirmation of our relationship with the earth, among others. It pays to read it slowly and like a good footpath to make the journey repeatedly, and like the South Downs Way to wish it was just a little bit longer. A highly recommended read.
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