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A Truly Delightful Read
on 3 July 2014
Back in 1986 there was no internet and the few mobile phones that were available were far too heavy to carry in a rambler's kit. In any case, network coverage was virtually non-existent outside the capital. For anyone to take on a lone walk around the coast of mainland Britain was a courageous – some would and many did say foolhardy – undertaking. Krasner was in her mid-thirties. Her contemporaries were busy raising families or attempting to climb the greasy pole of a professional career. She is also small in stature so the sight of her under a back pack almost as big as her drew a great deal of comment from people she met along the way.
Midges, Maps and Muesli is her account of the journey which began in March 1986 and ended in January 1987. It tells of the places she visited and people she met, all described in a natural style that cannot fail to win over the reader. Whether describing the experience of being lost in fog within yards of a cliff edge or presenting the pros and cons of nuclear energy following a visit to Sellafield her prose never fails to engage the reader's sympathy.
Krasner wrote this book shortly after completing the journey at the beginning of 1987. When a proposed publishing deal fell through she put the manuscript away and got on with the rest of her life. Years later she decided to self-publish the account for friends. A career change as she approached her fifties saw her achieve success as a helicopter pilot trainer and aviation writer. This brought a new audience for Midges, Maps and Muesli and she soon had almost no copies left.
The world of independent publishing had been transformed with the arrival of e-books so formatting Midges, Maps and Muesli for Kindle was an obvious move. Kindle owners will be pleased that Krasner did so for it is a truly delightful read. I am now looking forward to her next book, Travels on Seven Continents.