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All Together Now? by Mike Carter

All Together Now?

One Man's Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England

Mike Carter

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Imprint: Guardian Faber Publishing
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781783351565

When Mike Carter's father died, he decided to follow the route of a march against unemployment his dad had organised 35 years before. Mike had a troubled relationship with his dad, and hoped the walk, undertaken a month before the Brexit vote, would allow him to understand his father and his country better.

4 stars out of 5
Adrian Tempany
28 Jan 2019

"a searing critique of how 40 years of neoliberalism has ruined the lives of ordinary people"

Carter is the author of two successful travel books; the first inspired by a midlife crisis, the second a farewell bike ride around a Britain so inspiring he found it, ultimately, impossible to leave. Here, he is at ease traversing 330 miles across the heart of England in four weeks – every inch by foot – savouring everything from the salt marshes of the Mersey to the faded grandeur of our post-industrial cities. There are astute reflections on the borders of our accents; our fight-or-flight impulse; how the price of a pint of beer rises a penny a mile heading south, and on our “desire paths”, the illicit trails we carve into the landscape in defiance of ordained boundaries. His struggle to locate Pete – both internally and within the landscape – reveals a vulnerability that will resonate with many who have lost a parent they never really had.