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Not a walking guide... but if your a walker or not get this real funny book.
on 17 May 2017
Good old Overend, when I was a kid I'd watch Mott the Hoople on TV and wish I had hair like his, long with silver colouring, he looked like he was from another planet - he for me was the coolest in the band - the coolest of all the people that I saw on Top of the Pops. Fast forward 40 years or so and although I have a load of Mott albums I was unaware of this book until I heard about Overend's untimely death R.I.P. Being a bit of a walker myself (but not a real backpacker) I was surprised to come across this .. looks like he was a real proper walker judging by the back detailing the other walks he went on after this ...who knew??? Well loads apart from me I guess. I thought I'd grab the book.
Anyone looking for a walking guide needs to look elsewhere as this is not what you're looking for. What it is though is an hilarious account of his walk based on the journal he wrote as he undertook his mammoth task. Yes mammoth task, as the title suggests he was a man who didn't like walking and for his 1st ever walk he chose the South West Coastal Path which apparently is a bit of an ordeal for even experienced walkers. His style of writing is light, humorous and eminently readable. It feels like your alongside him on the walk sharing in the situations and predicaments he finds himself in. The whole book is a delight to read and had me laughing out loud on more occasions than supposed humorous books have. I enjoyed it so much that when I finished I started it again right away. A brilliant book.