Nick Hunt - Where the Wild Winds Are
Join Nick Hunt as he talks about his new book 'Where The Wild Winds Are' and how he walked the invisible pathways of four of Europe's local winds to explore how these unseen powers affect the countries and cultures of Europe.
About 'Where the Wild Winds Are':
In his new book Nick Hunt writes about walking the invisible pathways of Europe's local winds, to discover how they affect landscapes, cultures and psychology across the continent. The Helm, Britain's only named wind, led him to Cross Fell on the bleak uplands of the Northern Pennines, in the footsteps of Cumbria's fearsome border reivers and the demons believed for centuries to inhabit the air. The freezing Bora led him three hundred miles from Trieste through Slovenia and down the Croatian coast, from the stony emptiness of the Karst plateau to a blizzard on a Balkan mountain. His hunt for the 'snow-eating' Foehn became a meandering journey of exhilaration and despair through the Alpine valleys of Switzerland, where he experienced first-hand the symptoms of Föhnkrankheit, the notorious Foehn-sickness believed to cause everything from headaches to high murder rates. His final walk traced an ancient pilgrims' path in the south of France on the trail of the Mistral: the 'wind of madness' that animated and tormented Vincent Van Gogh.
Review for Where the Wild Winds are (Nicholas Brealey publishing)
'A thrilling and gorgeous tale, packed with meteorological wonder.' — Amy Liptrot, author of 'The Outrun'
'A glorious book, rich with insight and wit, about walking his way both across and into contemporary Europe. A book about gifts, modernity, endurance and landscape, it represents a fine addition to the literature of the leg.' — Robert Macfarlane
'A wonderful book; reading it is like being introduced to a gang of complex characters by an entertaining and erudite host. It has been a joy getting to know them better and in all their moods.' — Tristan Gooley
About the event:
Join Nick Hunt as he talks about his new book 'Where The Wild Winds Are' and how he walked the invisible pathways of four of Europe's local winds to discover how they affect landscapes, cultures and people.
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