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The author of the book: Stuart Maconie
Edition: David & Charles
Date of issue: 2012
ISBN 13: 9781446301654
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.84 MB
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I didn't pay proper attention to the title... or rather the unspoken next line which must surely be "Here's the Lake District" There is in fact nothing whatsoever about the Quantocks in this collection of Stuart Maconie's Country Walking magazine columns... and frankly I consider that a significant omission (maybe Mr Maconie is tick-phobic?). I have in the last few years been reconciled to the Lake District having been put off it by an ill-advised parental drag up almost all of Helvellyn aged 5 and later disability, and can now appreciate its breathtaking beauty. But it wasn't only parochialism which makes me disapprove of the overwhelming focus on on the top left hand corner of England - he does perhaps say more about walking 'my' hills than any others after Wainwright's.
There is a good deal to enjoy in this collection of overly short columns but whilst in other respects it is not at all precious and exclusive, it isn't about country walking, it is about hill walking and you do get the impression not, as he claims, that it isn't a proper walk without water, but not a proper walk without a summit.
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Read information about the authorStuart Maconie is a TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author.
He is the UK’s best-selling travel writer of non-TV tie-in books and his Pies and Prejudice was one of 2008’s top selling paperbacks. His work has been compared with Bill Bryson, Alan Bennett and John Peel and described by The Times as a 'National Treasure'.
He co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 every Monday – Thursday evening, as well as The Freak Zone on 6Music on Sunday afternoons, and has written and presented dozens of other shows on BBC Radio. His TV work includes presenting the BBC's On Trial shows, Pop on Trial and Style on Trial, as well as Stuart Maconie’s TV Towns, a popular gazeteer of major British cities and their roles in modern cultural life for ITV 4 and The Cinema Show/The DVD Collection on BBC 4.
As well as a popping up in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, and on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Stuart was a favourite on hit TV series such as the BBC's I love the 1970s' , I love the 1980s , and is now in variously Grumpy... . His other books include the acclaimed official biographies of both Blur and James. He can name GQ Man of the Year and Sony Awards Radio Broadcaster of the Year amongst his accolades. He has regular columns in The Radio Times and Country Walking and writes for WORD magazine and The Mirror.
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