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He brings history to life, which is something I always enjoy. I'll definitely be looking for his other books. Sounds like fun!! Mar 06, Bettie rated it liked it Shelves: adventure , fraudio , amusing , history , travel.
Abridged audio. Fluffy pop-hist. Martin Freeman reads from Charlie Connelly's travelogue in which he recreates a series of famous historical journeys through the British Isles. A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape. Episode 1: Charlie traces Boudicca's rampage of vengeance, walking from Norwich to St Albans.
Episode 2: Charlie goes in search of King Haro Abridged audio. Episode 2: Charlie goes in search of King Harold. Episode 3: Charlie traces King Harold's fateful march to Hastings. Episode 5: Charlie investigates a calamitous episode in Irish history, the Doolough famine walk in County Mayo. Jun 28, Louise Culmer rated it it was ok. Charlie Connelley retraces the path of journeys made by a number of memorable characters in British history, including Boudicca's rampage through eastern England, King Harold's march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, the escape of Mary Queen of Scots from Loch Leven etc.
The book is quite enjoyable, though there are a few factual errors. For instance, at one point Connelly talks about a meeting between Robert Burns and the Bronte sisters, which would hardly have been possible, seeing that Burns Charlie Connelley retraces the path of journeys made by a number of memorable characters in British history, including Boudicca's rampage through eastern England, King Harold's march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, the escape of Mary Queen of Scots from Loch Leven etc. For instance, at one point Connelly talks about a meeting between Robert Burns and the Bronte sisters, which would hardly have been possible, seeing that Burns died years before the Brontes were born.
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There are a few other similar oddities here and there. And as a previous reviewer pointed out, why go walking in October and then complain about the weather? Still, it is a mostly quite entertaining read. I spent quite a bit of time screaming about OS maps when I first started reading this, luckily our intrepid author saw the light and was good enough to relate his conversion on the page.
I found the history I was familiar with a tad simplistic, but that was more than made up for by the interest and sheer humanising empathy given to historic events and modern journeys.
Review of “And did those feet” by Charlie Connelly
A treasure trove of anecdotes and windows of the soul to inspire a bit more study or a dusting off of walking boots. Also a good I spent quite a bit of time screaming about OS maps when I first started reading this, luckily our intrepid author saw the light and was good enough to relate his conversion on the page.
Also a good lesson on the importance of decent maps and village pubs. Mar 31, Rachel rated it it was amazing. This book has it all, a vengeful queen, a dwarf who was the king of man, battles with Vikings and Normans, a welsh uprising, a 16 mile walk by starving peasants, a cross-dressing Prince and a Scottish Queen who was also a football fan. The author manages to weave the stories of these people and walk their journeys across the British Isles whilst being funny, erudite and insightful.
A cracking good read that had me belly laughing my way through it! I had enjoyed the author's Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast , so was looking forward to this one, but I never really found myself getting into it, as much as through it. Really 2. Feb 26, Ann Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-history. A very entertaining and informative book. It's not easy to make history fun. Very reminiscent of Bill Bryson. Author Charlie Connelly decided to retrace the footsteps of some famous events in British history, even though he was unfit and inexperienced at walking.
He had some desperate moments, and some funny ones, and he weaves the story of his exploits in with the history he is trying to follow. Very readable, very clear, great fun. Even if you're not into history, highly recommended. Oct 30, Rich rated it liked it. An enjoyable book, Charlie Connelly just as funny as in his other books I've read. However, after the first couple of chapters, the walking seemed to take a backseat.
There would maybe be one story in miles of walk, he might as well have taken the train instead of walking. But the way it was packaged often made it sound like stone cold facts. Aug 30, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: challenge , general-history , travel. A charming book where Charlie Connolly undertakes some famous walks. Charming, funny, and a delight to read for every fan of British history and walking.
Highly recommended. A fun way to learn about famous journeys taken by important historical figures in British and Irish history. Really want to read the full version one of these days and I may have added some things to my bucket list after listening to this. Oct 31, Sharon rated it really liked it. I listened to this on audio book. Listening whilst I was cleaning or shopping and quite frequently found myself just standing and staring into space as I was drawn onto the walks in this book.
A very good little read. Jun 25, Dani rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
I very good, informative look at British and Irish history. Charlie Connelly makes reading about history easy and is always humerous - this book has several laugh out loud moments! Mar 27, Jo rated it liked it Shelves: history , non-fiction , travel.
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Connelly sets out to recreate famous walks from history. Their names are long forgotten, their lives a mystery. Charlie brings to life the history around us. I just have to share my favourite part of the book, as Charlie puts on some of his new hiking kit for the first time:.
Review of “And did those feet” by Charlie Connelly
I put on the pants, curious to see if they lived up to the hype. I stretched, I squatted, I lifted my knees in an exaggerated marching movement ; I even tried an ill-advised star jump.. I was, frankly, amazed. This was by far the most comfortable item of underwear ever to pass my kneecaps.
Thanks for that. What a fantastic idea for a book, and what an insightful and warm review of it. In discovering the joys of walking for himself, Charlie Connelly doubtlessly brought the joys of history to many a walker.