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Walking the Great North Line by Robert Twigger

Walking the Great North Line

From Stonehenge to Lindisfarne to Discover the Mysteries of Our Ancient Past

Robert Twigger

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2 reviews

Category: Travel, Non-fiction
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 23 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781474609050

A journey on foot due north from Stonehenge to Lindisfarne to discover the mysteries of our ancient past

4 stars out of 5
31 May 2020

"An extended ramble, literally, which becomes a consideration of life, family and the nature of beauty"

Robert Twigger’s travelogues have always had a wonderful globetrotting sense of adventure. Here he attempts something closer to home; walking the “line” that connects Stonehenge and Lindisfarne and many other ancient landmarks. If that sounds a bit more prosaic than previous escapades, such as traversing the Rockies in a canoe, then it is – after marvelling at an ancient mineral well at Purton he has a pasty from a Co-op in Cricklade. 

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3 stars out of 5
Clive Davis
22 May 2020

"Random everyday detail often crowds out deeper thoughts"

A poet as well as a travel writer, Twigger slips easily from one stylistic register to another. One minute he is “buggering around”, the next he is using words like “ontologically”. He is not one of those adventurers who uses his literary skills to rise above all hardships and inconveniences. Often grumpy and wary of strangers, he is a more cussed version of Bill Bryson, wandering from one mishap to another. His cheerfully inconsequential ramble has a random quality.