Over The Hills And Far Away
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Over The Hills And Far Away

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From her early childhood, when her inspirational mother would take her on trips along her beloved Ridgeway in a horse-drawn cart, Candida Lycett Green has retained a love of green lanes and tracks, of moving along at horse's pace and casting an eye on the beauty of England through the back door. Her insatiable appetite for exploring unknown territory has led her to travel all over the country by horse for weeks at a time, and often these journeys have come at important turning points in her life. Lyrical yet down-to-earth, framed by a recent 150-mile journey through Yorkshire and Northumberland with a friend, Over the Hills and Far Away dips back into past journeys by horse that also reflect her idyllic childhood in the bohemian Betjeman household, a charmed youth in the Swinging Sixties, a year-long honeymoon journey overland to India, early days at Private Eye, and the ups and downs of thirty-nine years of marriage and motherhood. Her story is made all the more poignant by her recent fight with breast cancer.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 17mm | 205g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552777161
  • 9780552777162
  • 850,279

Review quote

"A small treasure. It is sharp, finely written, sometimes very funny, and would move a black-hearted croupier to tears." * Country Life * "There is an appropriate sense of fresh air blowing through the book's prose ... we are given not only new insights into both her father and her daunting mother, we also come to realise how many of their attributes she has inherited ... The book's power, finally is that it is full of life - life regained, and life reaffirmed." -- John Gross * Mail on Sunday * "Candida Lycett Green is good, clever and beautiful ... a writer of books about England that look almost too affectionate to be serious, but which, like her father John Betjeman's poetry, turn out to be both ... What brings her and the book its strength ... is her almost total recall of past happiness ... There is much fun in this book, and great anecdotes. Lycett Green has such joy in life - why should it end too soon?" -- Jane Gardam * Daily Telegraph * "Eloquent, observant, bracingly idiosyncratic and filled, like a really good journey, with worthwhile detours." -- Jane Shilling * Evening Standard * "Joyful tales from the saddle and the country pub are offset by entries describing the discovery and treatment of Lycett Green's cancer ... bracing, but never bleak and often funny. Neither sentimental nor undignified, it is how you would hope to fight illness ... Lycett Green is always good company." -- Edward Smith * Sunday Telegraph *show more

About Candida Lycett Green

Candida Lycett Green was the author of over a dozen books including Over the Hills and Far Away, The Dangerous Edge of Things,English Cottages, Goodbye London, and The Garden at Highgrove (with the Prince of Wales). She edited and introduced her father John Betjeman's letters and prose, and wrote and presented The Front Garden and The Englishwoman and the Horse for the BBC. She died in August 2014.show more

Back cover copy

From early childhood, when her inspirational mother would take her on trips along her beloved Ridgeway in a horse-drawn cart, Candida Lycett Green has retained a love of green lanes and tracks and of moving along at a horse's pace. Her insatiable appetite for exploring unknown territory has led her to travel all over England for weeks at a time, and often these journeys have come at important turning points in her life. In August 2000 she sets off on a 200-mile journey through Yorkshire and Northumberland to raise funds for breast cancer after her own recent fight with the disease. As she describes the ride she also dips back into past journeys by horse, her idyllic childhood in the bohemian Betjeman household, a charmed youth in the swinging sixties, her epic overland honeymoon in India, motherhood, and a marriage spanning almost forty years.show more

Review Text

"Joyful tales from the saddle and the country pub are offset by entries describing the discovery and treatment of Lycett Green's cancer ... bracing, but never bleak and often funny. Neither sentimental nor undignified, it is how you would hope to fight illness ... Lycett Green is always good company."show more

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