Christopher 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.
Christopher is a Times journalist with 25 years’ experience of writing and broadcasting about country walks (and tougher hikes). He has also written extensively about life in remote rural and island communities from Scotland to Crete by way of the Faroes, musicmaking in Irish pubs, festivals from Spain to Sweden. He is the author of Somerville’s 100 Best British Walks (Armchair Traveller, 2012) Best Wild Places (Penguin, 2011).
Amongst his publications are the phenomenally successful Coast series and Britain and Irelands Best wild places, he also edits The Times Britain's Best Walks.
His new book 'The January Man' is the story of a year of walks. Month by month, region by region, and season by season, Times 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.
Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017
Reviews of The January Man published by Doubleday,
"This is a lyrical evocation of the countryside of the UK and a testament to the power of walking in forging connections between people". - Wainwright Prize
“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
“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
- #maryportliteraryfestival by the Solway Firth, intimate, friendly, funny. Dialect poems, talks & walks. Local magic. pic.twitter.com/Ng03cKRh8a
- Superb short films at #KendalMountainFestival, too - goals achieved, goals failed, minds & hearts at full stretch. pic.twitter.com/AZmzWCVRGP
- Walkers, climbers, adventurers, readers, nature rejoicers - all ages & stages @ #KendalMountainFestival. 👞🏃🏽♀️🐌 pic.twitter.com/OBEafiRG32
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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...