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Hillaby, a naturalist and author of several similar books, describes his two-month walk from the south (Land's End) to the north (John o'Groats) of Britain. He discusses the land, the people and their history. Hillaby reads in a conversational manner, giving vent to emotion at times, and often giving his impressions of the accents of the various regions. While interesting, the story would be more successful on audio if the listener had a detailed knowledge of British geography or a detailed map. Since a map isn't included with the tapes, it's likely that most listeners will come to this title without the references needed to put place names and regional descriptions in context. M.A.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Describing his arduous walking trip that begins at Land's End, Hillaby includes myriad fascinating details about area history, botanical curiosities, characteristics of the local populace, and local colloquialisms. He philosophizes about human nature, the great outdoors, and the development of language and habits. His comments indicate a basic indifference to domestic and wild animals but a real appreciation for kind, honest, hospitable folk. As reader, Hillaby is easy to listen to and understand. He occasionally uses a uniquely British term, but the meaning can usually be determined by the context in which it's used. Unfortunately, it is hard to follow his journey in a geographical sense; one wishes for a map. Yet, this is not a guide. Basically, this unusual recording about an unusual journey is a diary of his trip, made especially interesting by his beautiful voice, his effective use of inflection, and his rich descriptions that convey strong visual images. This is a good tape for long car rides. Libraries with patrons interested in hiking, traveling, and British history or natural history should consider.
Carolyn Alexander, Columbia Lib. System, Monterey, Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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