Several millennia ago two people - possibly an adult and a child - walked in soft, muddy ground in the Olduvai Gorge in present day Kenya, leaving their footprints for archaeologists to discover. And, still walking, the descendants of people like these two went on to walk right across our world. Walking is as natural to us as breathing and almost every author who has ever written has had something to say on the subject. In this fascinating anthology, Deborah Manley has drawn on writings of more than 50 literary figures from around the world - WH Auden, Agatha Christie, Captain James Cook, William Dalrymple, Daniel Defoe, EM Forster, Amitav Ghosh, Graham Greene, Rudyard Kipling, Donna Leone, JB Priestley, Bayard Taylor, Paul Theroux, Henry David Thoreau, Colin Thubron and Mark Twain among many others. This is a book for walkers and armchair travellers alike.
- Hardback | 160 pages
- 122 x 182 x 18mm | 300g
- 03 Dec 2013
- Trailblazer Publications
- Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom
About Deborah Manley
Deborah Manley has lived in India, Canada, Austria and Nigeria. She worked as an editor of education books and has compiled anthologies on Malta, the Nile and the Trans-Siberian Railway. She is the co-author of the biography of the early 19th century traveller and diplomat, Henry Salt, and has also written articles for the Guinness Book of Records 1492: The World Five Hundred Years Ago. She now lives in Oxford.
Table of contents
(1) Introduction (2) Setting out (3) Walking in the countryside (4) Walking by water (5) Towns and cities (6) Walking in winter (7) Gardens (8) Marching and processing (9) Walking at night (10) Trekking and climbing (11) Biographies of the walkers (12) Index
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