Christopher Somerville - The January Man
Over the hills and along the byways of the British Isles, Times columnist and author Christopher Somerville shares his story of a year of walks describing the history, wildlife, changing landscapes and people he passes and reflects upon his childhood and the relationship with his father.
About 'The January Man':
The January Man is the story of a year of walks. Month by month, region by region, and season by season.
Times walking columnist and author Christopher Somerville walks the British Isles, following routes that remind him of his father with whom he shared a love of long distance walking. As he travels the country from the River Severn to the Lake District, the Norfolk Coast to the Isle of Foula off the West coast of Shetland, he describes the history, wildlife, changing landscapes and people he passes and reflects upon his childhood and the relationship with his father.
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.
This exquisitely written account of the British countryside inspires us to don our boots and explore the 140,000 miles of footpaths across the British Isles.
Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017
Reviews for The January Man:
“For a writer, the highest compliment he or she can pay another writer is envy. And I was green on reading The January Man. It’s not just Somerville’s knowledge, it’s the truth and clarity in his prose – which is like the pure tone that comes from a tuning fork.” - John Lewis-Stempel, author of Meadowland and The Running Hare
“This is nature at its most embracing; human nature richly woven into the cycle of the seasons and the ecologies of father and son, observed with the passion and learning of Britain’s favourite walker. A truly wonderful, uplifting book, bursting with life.” - Nicholas Crane, BBC TV ‘Coast’ presenter
“A rich and wonderful book which draws on Christopher Somerville’s unusually deep knowledge of Britain’s hidden pathways.” - Hugh Thomson, author of The Green Road into the Trees
About the event:
Join Christopher Somerville as he shares stories of a year of walks and illustrates how, on long-distance walks, we can come to an undemanding of ourselves and our fellow walkers.
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