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Somerville is the walking correspondent for the London Times This is much than a collection of recommended walking routes The book has several shaping elements the folk song that The Provocateur lends the title which gives commentary bothiteral and symbolic on the seasons of the year and of Trading Christmas life a circular tour of Britain wandering from Somerville s childhood home near Cheltenham all the way to the Shetlan At the risk of damning this book with faint praise I can t say much than that it was uite good Iiked the idea of dividing it up into 12 chaptersmonths each one drawing inspiration from #A Recent Folk Song The January Man #recent folk song The January Man to this Somerville also ponders on the relationship he had with his Never an outbreak late father the walking holidays that gradually drew them closer and then a wider meditation about men from his father s generation still carrying the scars from WW2The nature writing isovely and the different Pride landscapes are well described Where he comes unstuck is dialogue which is stilted and clunky Overall uite enjoyable but I have read many much better walkingmemoir books and this one won t stay with me forong I have thoroughly enjoyed this book about the joys of walking and there are so many Men little titbits of information that shall stick with me for ages particularly about badgers on the side of the roadI even went hunting for scurvy grass until I realised that was featured in a different month to the one I was experiencing so the flowers were probably past it nowstill I got to have a play on the motorwayOne of the things about walking that I enjoy is how your mind wonders it s amazing how many issues at work I ve solved during myunchtime walk on the common and that part of walking features heavily in this book Somerville s mind wanders again and again to his father about how distant he was when Somerville was a Isotopic Carbon lad and how once he had retired they were able to bond overong distance walking it was a great homage to a father and at times uite heart breakingI The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) liked how this book wasaid out a walk per month usually with a reason for walking in that area ie Step Out of Your Story lambing season or particular birds arriving back in the UK The walk is only a small part of the chapter so much history has been included and aot of nature crammed in too A favourite part for me was when he did St Cuthbert s walk an area of Scotland I have been too a few times and he covered the bit of the route I have done it absolutely tipped it down for me at the same spot and it would be funny if we took shelter at the same placeThe writing is very good easily drawing in the reader and not getting boring at any point Somerville has written a ot of books so I
Ll Have To Check Another have to check another out soonBlog review The January Man is perhaps three books in one it is about Christopher Somerville s month by month year of walking Britain to the tune of The January Man by David Goulder it is about the incredible wildlife and personal stories of people he meets during the journey and it is also a spiritual journey he takes with his father who passed away ten years before he wrote the book The book has humorous descriptions of Christopher battling for ife and Rules for a Lady limb on the various terrains that he ambles across but especially brilliant descriptions of theife he finds all around him For example in March in the valley of Nidderdale as a Yank “In January 2006 a month or two after my father died I thought I saw him again – a momentary impression of an old man a Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles little stooped setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby uilted jacket It was walking that first caused rifts between us in my sulky teenage years and walking that brought us back togetherater on; and this ‘ghost’ of Dad has been walking at my elbow since his death as I have ruminated on his great. ,
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of the year as described in the folk The January Man and the chapters are ABC linked by reminiscences of the time Somerville spent walking with his father a man who seemed very distant and forbidding during his childhood but whoater became a much Odd Man In loved and admired companion for some of the walks he recaptures hereThis is a warm and gentle book ranging across different regions weather conditionsandscapes and customs It is uite straightforward and undemanding so I feel it may be Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale less inspiring for those who read aot in the nature writing genre However it is perfect for the occasional reader Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children like myself whoikes a generic sweep of unfamiliar parts of Britain taking in flora and fauna alongside manmade monuments and buildingsI also enjoyed Somerville s descriptions of his developing relationship with his father wise and Carlyle Marney loving without being overly sentimental and willing to recognise the mistakes and misunderstandings of youth Very enjoyable easy to read informative and inspiring Late in 2015 Christopher Somervilleost his father after a short battle with cancer He had had a tempestuous relationship with him as a teenager partly because of the teenage angst but also because of his father s job They tried to bond by undertaking Shameful longer walks through the countryside but it didn t always work As they both grew older and aittle wiser the relationship strengthened and the walks that they undertook brought them back together Undertaking a walk in a different part of the country for each month Somerville weaves together a mix of personal recollection of his father the countryside he is wandering through and the natural wonders he sees around him He walks in the floods in the West country the tiny Isle of Foula near Shetland round Sherwood Forest and along the Lancashire coast and heads to Lyme Regis for a family gathering He uses these walks to ook at the man his father was and to try to comprehend him He worked at GCH and could not say a word about his work to anyone and that ed to many frustrating moments in their relationship This is no fair weather walking book he is not scared to venture out in the rain to follow his route It is uite readable and at certain points he shows his class as a writer He can be uite reflective as he muses about his father and the things that will forever remain secret I really Sacred Landscapes liked the verses from the song The January man by Dave Goulder that accompany a beautiful sketch at the beginning of each chapter they added a nice touch to the book Worth reading I think but it didn t uite soar for me This is a slow moving andovely book I really enjoyed the author s description of his father and their relationship Wonderful descriptions of the British countryside and nature but what really spoke to me was this uoteThere #Is No Walking To Compare #no walking to compare walking in snowIt isMONTHS OF THE YEAR AS DESCRIBED IN THE FOLK
transcendental cleansing walking in order to walk away from oneselfthe rhythmic creak creak of boots oncleansing walking in order to walk away from oneselfthe rhythmic creak creak of boots on drawing the mind away across the bla An interesting mix of different themes in one book part biographical of the authors father autobiographical nature walking and reviews on the Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, literature of others I feel it shouldn t work but it kind of does uite good reading forockdown as it reminds you of the world that is out there. Lanes and old paths in rain and fair weatherThis exuisitely written account of the British countryside both inspires us to don our boots and explore the 140000 miles of footpaths across the British Isles but also illustrates how on ong distance walks we can come to an understanding of ourselves and our fellow walkers Over the hills and along they by ways Christopher Somerville finally finds the man behind his father’s modest buttoned up wartime facad.