Review: Walking the Woods and the Water – Nick Hunt

In my previous article I wrote about Patrick Leigh Fermor’s epic walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in the early 1930s as covered in his book A Time of Gifts (and two other volumes). This week sees the publication of Nick Hunt’s book Walking the Woods & the Water which describes his own journey in [...]

Review: A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermour

I’ve been intending to read A Time of Gifts: On Foot from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople for quite a few years now but have never got round to it.  Perhaps it’s the beginning of spring which has turned my mind to travel but also reading about new books about Patrick Leigh Fermor also [...]

Review: Cruel Crossing – Edward Stourton

Back in late 2011 I heard a BBC Radio 4 programme in which Edward Stourton joined an annual walk, Le Chemin de la Liberté, across the Pyrennees which celebrates the Second World War route used by Allied soldiers, Jews, French resistance fighters, spies and many other groups of people who were trying to escape Nazi [...]

The Folio Prize and “Doodle Paris”

I don’t usually publish articles at weekend but wanted to recognise two items which don’t fit into my normal review schedule.

The first is this week’s announcement that the Literature Prize has gained sponsorship from The Folio Society and is now to be known as The Folio Prize.  The Literature Prize was first announced last [...]

Review: I Sleep in Hitler’s Room – Tuvia Tenenbom

I’ve read some strange books in my time, but this one certainly pushes the boundaries.  At first glance it seems to be a typical travel book in Bryson-esque style.  But with its title, I Sleep in Hitler’s Room – An American Jew Visits Germany, you know from the start that this is not going [...]

Review: Walking the Hexagon – Terry Cudbird

In my last post I mentioned three books about men on extended walks.  This time, rather than fiction, I am writing about a real-life walk, during which Terry Cudbird retired from work and decided to walk the coast of France, an epic journey by anyone’s standards.

Just before his retirement, Terry was on holiday with [...]

Where summer went

This week we are expecting the first gales of autumn with heavy rain forecast for many areas of Britain.  Children have been back at school for a week or two and huge tins of chocolates are appearing in the supermarkets ready for Christmas.  I had a sort of writer’s block for most of the summer, [...]

Review: In the Dolphin’s Wake – Harry Bucknall

Travel writer Harry Bucknall is an experienced wanderer with a background in both the military and in theatre production – an interesting mix of talents which has enabled him to write a distinctive travel book in which he describes his travels through the major (and many of the lesser) Greek Islands.  The book has received [...]

Review: Best Foot Forward, a 500-mile walk through hidden France – Susie Kelly

I enjoy reading about the adventures of lone travellers, particularly when they are travelling under their own steam.  In the middle of winter, its particularly good to read of someone setting off on a spring morning to see where their journey is going to take them.

I’ve already reviewed Susie Kelly’s book The Valley [...]

Review: The Possessed – Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman’s book of essays, The Possessed, loosely based on the joys of reading classic Russian literature, turns out to be a bit of a hodge-podge of travel-writing, literary criticism and a personal reading history, enlivened by a butterfly mind that flutters from one subject to another without really landing for too long on any [...]