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As heard on BBC Radio 4, the brilliant sequel to Simon Armitage’s acclaimed bestseller Walking Home – the story of his travels on Britain’s South West coast.
Not content with walking the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour, an experience recounted in his bestseller and prize-wining Walking Home, the restless poet has followed up that journey with a walk of the same distance but through the very opposite terrain and direction far from home.
In Walking Away Simon Armitage swaps the moorland uplands of the north for the coastal fringes of Britain’s south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finsh.
From the surreal pleasuredome of Minehead Butlins to a smoke-filled roundhouse on the Penwith Peninsula then out to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, Armitage tackles this personal Odyssey with all the poetic reflection and personal wit we’ve come to expect of one of Britain’s best loved and most popular writers.
Walking Away is very funny, very enjoyable and fuelled by Armitage's own down-to-earth poetic genius.
Like its predecessor, Walking Away is eminently readable and both warm and self-deprecating in its humour ... a witty, engaging and at times screamingly funny travelogue.
[Armitage's] evocations of the spare bedrooms he stays in are as telling as his descriptions of landscape ... [he] feels like your poetic best mate.
Very entertaining ... The self-deprecation with which Armitage recounts these events is a big part of the book's charm.
As before, Armitage has a brilliant eye for detail ... He is wittily self-deprecating, much like a hipper Alan Bennett ... "I won't be doing any more long walks," he insists, but this charming, if footsore troubadour is sure to find new poetic adventures.
Fans of Armitage will enjoy slotting back into the fleecy role of walking companion ... [he is] great at spotting the habits and habitats that are peculiarly British.
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