The Lost Art of Walking by Geoff Nicholson
The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism

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How we walk, where we walk, why we walk tells the world who and what we are. Whether it's once a day to the car, or for long weekend hikes, or as competition, or as art, walking is a profoundly universal aspect of what makes us humans, social creatures, and engaged with the world. Cultural commentator, Whitbread Prize winner, and author of Sex Collectors Geoff Nicholson offers his fascinating, definitive, and personal ruminations on the literature, science, philosophy, art, and history of walking.

Nicholson finds people who walk only at night, or naked, or in the shape of a cross or a circle, or for thousands of miles at a time, in costume, for causes, or for no reason whatsoever. He examines the history and traditions of walking and its role as inspiration to artists, musicians, and writers like Bob Dylan, Charles Dickens, and Buster Keaton. In The Lost Art of Walking, he brings curiosity, imagination, and genuine insight to a subject that often strides, shuffles, struts, or lopes right by us.
 

About Geoff Nicholson

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Geoff Nicholson is the author of fourteen novels, including Hunters & Gatherers and Bleeding London, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. He divides his time between London and Los Angeles.
 
Published October 16, 2008 by Riverhead Books. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“Setting foot in a street makes it yours in a way that driving down it never does,” says Nicholson (Sex Collectors ), and mundane though walking may b

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Geoff Nicholson leads readers down the path of pedestrianism, with ample opportunity for diversion.

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By jonMon, 11/10/2008 - 13:53.

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Book review: The Lost Art Of Walking by Geoff Nicholson deals with obsessions – including walking – but it turns out to be an unfortunately mixed bag.

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