Book Review: Doubling Back – Ten Paths Trodden In Memory
Book Review: Doubling Back – Ten Paths Trodden In Memory by Linda Cracknell
This BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week retraces ten wonderfully unique walking routes, starting from Boscastle in Cornwall, through to the Birks of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, Scotland, via the delights of Spain, Kenya, Norway and Switzerland.
This fascinating travellers journal is perfect for that extended mid-walk lunch break on a coastal bench, sharing nothing but the views and a fabulous book to immerse yourself in.
The walking route illustrations have that air of sketchy treasure map about them, where the tale holds more intrigue than the accuracy of the walk itself.
As the cover describes; Each walk is about the reaffirming of memories, beliefs and emotions, and especially of the connection that one can have with the past through particular places.
Walking declutters the mind and all sorts of sights and sounds can evoke memories and emotions from the past, and this book does exactly that. And very well too.
About the author:
Linda Cracknell writes short stories, drama for BBC Radio Four, and creative non-fiction. She won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition, and was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book Award for her story collection Life Drawing (Neil Wilson Publishing, 2000) and the Robin Jenkins Literary Award for environmental writing.
Her second story collection A Searching Glance was published by Salt in 2008. She was the recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2007 for a project linking walking and writing. Linda edited the anthology A Wilder Vein (Two Ravens, 2011) and has contributed wide range of other anthologies and magazines. She lives in highland Perthshire. Linda has published two novels with Freight Books; Call of the Undertow and Doubling Back.
You can learn more about Linda here.
Doubling Back – Ten Paths Trodden In Memory by Linda Cracknell is available through Freight Books in paperback RRP £8.99 ISBN: 978-910449-30-1 from 5th October 2015.