Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn

Category: Book
By (author): Hunt, Nick
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
  TRAVEL / Special Interest / Adventure
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Published: October 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.49in x 5.45in x 1.25in
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From The Publisher*Nick Hunt has written a glorious book, rich with insight and wit, about walking his way both across and into contemporary Europe. . . . So many memorable encounters with people and places! A book about gifts, modernity, endurance and landscape, it represents a fine addition to the literature of the leg."-Robert Macfarlane, award-winning travel writer, author of The Wild Places and The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot "This moving and profoundly honest book sometimes brings a sense of unlimited freedom, sometimes joy, sometimes an extraordinary, dream-like dislocation: always accompanied by a dazzling sharpness of hearing and vision. I see now how that youthful walk informed so much of Paddy's style. Before setting out Hunt was going to write to Paddy. The letter was never written, and by the time he set off, Paddy was dead. How touched and fascinated he would have been to read this book."-Artemis Cooper, biographer of Patrick Leigh Fermor and co-editor of The Broken Road In 1933, the eighteen-year-old 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." The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined journey through cultures now extinct, landscapes irrevocably altered by the traumas of the twentieth century. Aged eighteen, Nick Hunt read A Time of Gifts and dreamed of following in Fermor's footsteps. In 2011 he began his own "great trudge"-on foot all the way to Istanbul. He walked across eight countries, following two major rivers and crossing three mountain ranges. With only Fermor's books to guide him, he trekked some 2,500 miles through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. His aim? To have an old-fashioned adventure. To slow down and linger in a world where we pass by so much, so fast. To discover for himself what remained of hospitality, kindness to strangers, freedom, wildness, adventure, the mysterious, the unknown, the deeper currents of myth and story that still flow beneath Europe's surface. "
From The Publisher*Nick Hunt pays homage to Patrick Leigh Fermor by walking the same challenging route across Europe in this "glorious book."
Review Quote*
"This moving and profoundly honest book sometimes brings a sense of unlimited freedom, sometimes joy, sometimes an extraordinary, dream-like dislocation: always accompanied by a dazzling sharpness of hearing and vision. I see now how that youthful walk informed so much of Paddy's style. Before setting out Hunt was going to write to Paddy. The letter was never written, and by the time he set off, Paddy was dead. How touched and fascinated he would have been to read this book."-Artemis Cooper, author of the international bestseller Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure; and editor of Fermor's posthumous writings, The Broken Road


"Nick Hunt has written a glorious book, rich with insight and wit, about walking his way both across and into contemporary Europe. He set out on a homage to Patrick Leigh Fermor's legendary tramp across Europe in the early 1930's, but his journey became-of course-an epic adventure in its own right. So many memorable encounters with people and places! A book about gifts, modernity, endurance and landscape, it represents a fine addition to the literature of the leg."-Robert Macfarlane, award-winning travel writer, author of Mountains of the Mind (2003), winner of The Guardian First Book Award; The Wild Places, winner of the Orion Book Award; and The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot, A Sunday Times Bestseller and a Book of the Year for 2012.


"In 2011 Nick Hunt, who as an eighteen-year-old had been inspired by A Time of Gifts, sets out to follow in Paddy's footsteps. Walking the Woods and the Water is his account of the same journey, a narrative that ranks alongside Paddy's in its adventure."-Peter Reason, author of Spindrift


"Vivid and hard-won."--Giles Foden in Conde Nast Traveller


"A most enjoyable read and a worthy tribute to the originals."--Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller


"Walking in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor from Rotterdam to Constantinople, Nick Hunt found that, 78 years later, everything and nothing has changed."--Daily Telegraph interview with author


"Delightful, balanced and extremely well-written…an impressive and timely effort. A worthy literary tribute to the classic of British travel writing."-Vitali Vitaliev, author of Passport to Enclavia .
Biographical NoteNick Hunt grew up in Bristol, studied English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA, and spent the next few years living in Mexico, the USA and Spain before moving to London. He has written for The Economist, The Guardian and other publications, and recorded a documentary for BBC Radio 4. He also works as a storyteller, and co-editor of the Dark Mountain journals.