Walking the Woods and the Water

In 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, 'like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar', from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. Seventy–eight years later, I followed in his footsteps. Walking the Woods and the Water (Nicholas Brealey, 2014) recounts a seven–month walk through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey on a quest to discover what remains of hospitality, kindness to strangers, freedom, wildness, adventure and the deeper currents of myth and story that still flow beneath Europe's surface.

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2015

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About me

I'm a travel writer, freelance journalist, fiction writer and storyteller. Walking the Woods and the Water is my first book.

My articles have appeared in The Economist, The Guardian, New Internationalist, Resurgence, Geographical, World Conservation and other publications. I also dabble in audio recording, and made this documentary on Indian migrant workers in Dubai for BBC Radio 4.

I work as co-editor for the biannual 'uncivilisation' journal Dark Mountain, and full-time editor of their blog.

Contact me at scrutiny@gmail.com

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