The January Man

The January Man: A Year of Walking Britain

Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 11/01/2018
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Synopsis

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 little stooped, setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby quilted jacket. After teenage rifts it was walking that brought us closer as father and son; and this ‘ghost’ of Dad has been walking at my elbow since his death, as I have ruminated on his great love of walking, his prodigious need to do it – and how and why I walk myself. The January Man is the story of a year of walks that was inspired by a song, Dave Goulder’s ‘The January Man’. Month by month, season by season and region by region, Christopher Somerville walks the British Isles, following routes that continually bring his father to mind. As he travels the country – from the winter flood lands of the River Severn to the lambing pastures of Nidderdale, the towering seabird cliffs on the Shetland Isle of Foula in June and the ancient oaks of Sherwood Forest in autumn – he describes the history, wildlife, landscapes and people he encounters, down back lanes and old paths, in rain and fair weather. This exquisitely written account of the British countryside not only inspires us to don our boots and explore the 140,000 miles of footpaths across the British Isles, but also illustrates how, on long-distance walks, we can come to an understanding of ourselves and our fellow walkers. Over the hills and along the byways, Christopher Somerville examines what moulded the men of his father’s generation – so reticent about their wartime experiences, so self-effacing, upright and dutiful – as he searches for ‘the man inside the man’ that his own father really was. British author Christopher Somerville has spent more than twenty five years traversing the highways and byways of the world’s walking routes, weaving stories from the routes beneath his feet. Amongst his publications are the phenomenally successful Coast series and Britain and Ireland’s Best Wild Places, he also edits The Times Britain’s Best Walks. Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784161248
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 301g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 23 mm

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The January Man
Walks around the UK & walking through history
I really enjoyed reading the January man, a year of walking Britain. Not only did it give good ideas for places to walk but inbetween the scenic descriptio... READ MORE
Zara Priestley
The January Man
Walks around the UK & walking through history
I really enjoyed reading the January man, a year of walking Britain. Not only did it give good ideas for places to walk but inbetween the scenic descriptio... READ MORE
Zara Priestley