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In Walking Home, Simon Armitage describes walking the Pennine Way, unusually from north to south, as he lives near the southern end. 

He sets off without any money, intending to rely partly on the kindness of strangers and partly on trading readings of his poetry in exchange for bed and board. It works very well, although giving poetry readings after a day's walking seems less and less fun as the walk goes on.


I do a bit of walking and really enjoyed this. He is very honest and self-deprecating about his own feelings and responses. He certainly doesn't glamorise it. It is particularly good on the people he meets / walks with, and on the landscape. I loved the ending, and it will stay with me for a long time, especially at tough walk moments. 


I read it on the Kindle, and that annoyed me, because the pictures, while included, didn't display very well, and I think they would have added something. I'm also sure that the paper book would have had a map and it would have been easier to keep track of where he was.

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