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Walking Home

A Poet's Journey

Armitage, Simon

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Walking Home
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Describes the author's travels as he walked the Pennine Way through England and stopped each night to give a poetry reading in a different village in return for a place to sleep.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company,, 2013.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 0871404168
9780871404169
Characteristics: xii, 285 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,22 cm

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Jul 24, 2013
  • sharonh12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rousing account of a hike down the backbone of Great Britain with a poetry reading at each stop. Great companion read to The Kingdom by the Sea-Paul Theroux.

A must for any Anglophile.

Jul 02, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

more than a blog, with poetry, background, geographical knowledge and humour

"Growing up in Marsden, England, author and poet Simon Armitage regularly saw hikers walking the Pennine Way. The 256-mile path, called the country's backbone, reaches from Derbyshire to just past the Scottish border, takes approximately three weeks to hike, and covers land both beautiful and bleak. When 47-year-old Armitage decides to walk the path himself, he starts in Scotland (where most finish), so that he'll be heading home. Roaming like a troubadour of old, he describes his experiences on the trail and the people he meets as well as his stops each night to give poetry readings in different villages in return for a place to sleep. Readers who enjoyed Robert Macfarlane's The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot may also enjoy this "travel gem" (Booklist)." June 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=642947

Kind of mild really, & shapeless.

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