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Walking Away by Simon Armitage

Walking Away

by Simon Armitage

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I liked this. I like Simon Armitage: I like his public persona, his dry humour, his sharp observation, his honesty, his wit. It's just a pity I could never get into his poetry. This account of his walking/poetry reading tour along part of the South West Coast Path is interesting, readable, informative, entertaining and made me laugh out loud several times. ( )
  sloopjonb | Dec 15, 2016 |
If the acid test of a good book/author is to make the familiar unfamiliar (and interesting) then Armitage and his book both pass the test with flying colours. It could all so easily be a mundane plod through a bit of southern England but it is much more than that because the writer is so alive to language and its possibilities. ( )
  adrianburke | Jun 17, 2016 |
A companion to the author's Walking Home, this book sees him walking the northern half of the South west coast path from Somerset to Cormwall and on to the Scillies. As in the previous book, tHe author's wit, love of langauge and human frailty shine through the writing as we share his journey. ( )
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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.

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