Walking Home by Simon Armitage
A Poet's Journey

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Mr. Armitage, a gifted English poet, relates his tramp along the nearly 260 miles of the Pennine Way, a moor, bog and hill-strewn path that’s sometimes referred to as Britain’s equivalent of the Appalachian Trail.
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Nineteen days, 256 miles, and one renowned poet walking the backbone of England.


The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain’s version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Walking “the backbone of England” by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet’s place in our bustling world. In Armitage’s own words, “to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self.”
 

About Simon Armitage

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SIMON ARMITAGE is professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and has written extensively for radio and television. His previous titles include Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, CloudCuckooLand, Killing Time, The Universal Home Doctor, Homer's Odyssey, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, and Seeing Stars. His many honors include the Forward Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. His acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published in 2007.
 
Published March 25, 2013 by Liveright. 298 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Mar 26 2013

Mr. Armitage, a gifted English poet, relates his tramp along the nearly 260 miles of the Pennine Way, a moor, bog and hill-strewn path that’s sometimes referred to as Britain’s equivalent of the Appalachian Trail.

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Reviewed by Ben Downing on Apr 04 2013

...it isn't outstandingly funny or interesting, and it sheds only scattered light on the North.

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