Enjoyable, funny and touching at times - a classic tale of a journey done backwards!,
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This review is from: Walking Home (Kindle Edition)
This easy to read and engaging book tells the story of poet Simon Armitage and his walk "the wrong way" down the Pennine Way from Scotland to England (rather than up it!), done this way because for Armitage, the finish line will be (more or less) his home. The writing style, as you would expect from a poet, is eloquent and fluid. Armitage pulls off both dead-pan comedy (there are some laugh out loud moments here) and serious feeling too to excellent effect. This personal challenge provides the opportunity for Armitage to muse on aspects of his own life as well as pondering stories of other journeys and other travellers. There are even a few poems scattered along the way. I found the descriptions of the landscapes of northern England extremely convincing and the characters encountered along the way (or fellow travellers for a while) astutely observed. It's a great read and one I would thoroughly recommend, even if you aren't into poetry or walking.