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When I Walk, I Bounce: Walking from Land's End to John O'Groats Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Books like this tend to err too much on the side of entertainment, the resultant writing often feeling forced. Mark is no pub bore relating his tales while trying to extract the maximum laughs from each dull passage; his is a journal in which you can taste each pint, feel every blister and savour every spiritual moment with him.
I would recommend this book not just to long-distance walkers and masochists but also to anyone who has ever felt the need to just do something utterly different on a whim. Mark doesn't need to be travelling with a fridge or for a bet; this is an intense and immense journey, and he records every moment with a turn of phrase beyond many, more established, writers.
Just buy it. It's superb.
A delightful side-product is also Mr. Moxon's website (find it on Google by searching for "moxon" and "landsend") which provides additional material, such as a Google Earth 3-d view of his entire route from on-high. The website also has a guestbook where a lively discourse has started among hikers and potential hikers, moderated by Moxon, who shares willingly and is generous with his encouragement. This augments the book's usefulness in a rather unique way, and of course it's free.
As well as hikers and those who plan to hike, the enthusiastic readership of this book will include those who are drawn to outdoor adventure sagas, and I'm hoping that teachers will embrace it as a wholesome class text that will teach reading, geography - and encourage outdoor adventure in generations to come. It's value-priced, and will make a great gift of almost universal appeal - but read it first for your own enjoyment!
It all seems bloody hard work at times but he talks about it in such an unpretentious way you actually start thinking, 'Mmm, maybe I could do this walk myself'. So, increasingly you're being drawn in: either by entertaining dreams of doing the walk yourself (as Mark points out, once you've done it, you'll never look at the weather map on TV in the same way again); or you're drawn in just by sheer empathising with the author. It's actually rather inspiring. Whether you end up attempting the walk yourself or not, you do feel like you're walking with him anyway every step of the way, which is ironic because he was alone for so much of it and you get the sense that he was often pining for company, especially on moorland. (God, he hates moors. He's more of a riverman.) I found it poignant the way he'd perk up whenever bumping into friendly fellow walkers like Barry or become deflated when faced with people who just ignored him. If only he'd known I was actually with him all the way!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mark moxon must be victor meldrews love child. I think the first day he didn't moan or complain about something must have been in the last week. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mark garnett
For a book that almost palpably brings to life the rigours and joys of long distance walking, this one is bettered only by John Hillaby's Journey Through Britain. Read morePublished 19 months ago by MrCritical
Great read ! As he passes through places and describes them well some of the places I have been and some I would have like to have been but will not. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. Rc Newsome
I enjoyed this acount of walking Land's End to John o'Groats. I felt every Blister.Published 21 months ago by Reginald James Bolton
I found this book as tough to read as Mark seems to have found his walk!
Not entirely sure why he ever took on the challenge in the first place. Read more
a good book for sum one interested in walking but not having time to do that lands end to John o'GroatsPublished on 21 Mar. 2015 by Stephen Boardman
As a long distance walker myself, I was looking forward to reading this account of the Lejog yomp. I know how tough walking can be day after day, and you only seem to appreciate it... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2015 by Discerning Reader
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