The Opening Country

For twenty-five years, John Micklewright rushed through France in his haste to get to Italy. In this journey of re-discovery, he travels the slow way, on foot, on paths, tracks and byways from the Channel to the Alps – from the coast of Normandy to the flanks of Mont Blanc.

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In this journey of discovery, John Micklewright travels the slow way, on foot, on paths, tracks and byways from the Channel to the Alps - from the coast of Normandy to the flanks of Mont Blanc. 

The Opening Country is a beautifully written account of his progress through the French countryside, an evocative patchwork of landscape, nature, history, literature, film, and - drawing on his father's diaries that stretch back to the 1930s - of memoir. 
Always curious, absorbing all around him, ready on a whim to divert from his chosen route as he heads unhurriedly southwards. The natural world unfolds as spring turns to summer with surprises of bird song and butterflies, against a constant background of reminders of the economic and social story of rural France and of wars past. The result is an engrossing record of a classic long-distance walk through Britain's nearest continental neighbour. 
The Opening Country is a book to fire the imagination - a call to travel slowly, to open eyes and ears, to discover and explore.

Additional information

Weight 218 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 21 mm
Author

Micklewright, John

Publisher

Matador

Imprint

Matador

Cover

Paperback

Pages

260

Language

English

Edition

0

Dewey

914.404842 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K