The Man Who Hated Walking : The South West Coast Path, Paperback

The Man Who Hated Walking : The South West Coast Path Paperback

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 340 pages, 37 colour photos
  • Publisher: Wymer Publishing
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  • Category: Walking, hiking, trekking
  • ISBN: 9781908724076



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I had the pleasure of editing and then proofreading "The Man Who Hated Walking", by Overend Watts, who is better known as the bass player of Mott The Hoople. Note: I'm not getting paid for writing this review!You don't need to be a Mott fan or a walking enthusiast to read Mr Watts's entertaining tome. His narrative voice is upbeat throughout this travelling tale, blending humour and pathos to great effect.The author recalls his determination to travel the lengthy South West Coast Path in England. He had no passion for walking but wanted to prove that he could rise to the challenge. For most of the long journey he camped in a tent, but opted for a hotel or B & B when the coastal weather became too much.Along the way Mr Watts encountered some weird and wonderful people and places. It was one of the wonderful people in one of the wonderful places who suggested - after listening to Mr Watts's negative feelings about walking and his positive attitude to walk anyway - that he should write a book and name it, "The Man Who Hated Walking".Despite the sometimes bad weather and the frequent pain in his feet, Overend Watts didn't give up. By the end of his epic journey he discovered that he didn't hate walking as much as when he decided to take up the challenge.Since this venture he's been on further treks. I don't know if he plans writing a sequel, but if so, "The Man Who Used to Hate Walking But Now Rather Likes It", may be an apt title.