Kindle ePUB [The January Man Christopher Somerville] erotic historical romance
Ertain points he shows his class as a writer He can be uite reflective as he muses about his father and the things that will forever remain secret I really liked the verses from the song The January man by Dave Goulder that accompany a beautiful sketch at the beginning of each chapter they added a nice touch to the book Worth reading I think but it idn t uite soar for me Somerville is the walking correspondent for the London Times This is much than a collection of recommended walking routes The book has several #Shaping Elements The Folk #elements the folk that lends th The January Man is perhaps three books in one it is about Christopher Somerville s month by month year of walking Britain to the tune of The January Man by David Goulder it is about the incredible wildlife and personal stories of people he meets The Amazing SAS during the journey and it is also a spiritual journey he takes with his father who passed away ten years before he wrote the book The book has humorousescriptions of Christopher battling for life and limb on the various terrains that he ambles across but especially brilliant escriptions of the life he finds all around him For example in
March in the valley of Nidderdale as a Yank I was really enthralled with all these Middle in the valley of Nidderdale as a Yank I was really enthralled with all these Middle Westeros names which I have never read or heard beforeThe ewe heaves herself up to stand and let gravity o the rest and the lamb Broken Prophecy drops out onto the grass with a slithering thumb the membrane stretching alongside crimson with red blood p 79The following monthApril becomes the yellow month The countryside is flooded with yellow the oily yellow of celandine stars soft sherbet yellow of primroses clear Dayglo golden yellow ofandelions p 98 I really enjoyed the way he brought the countryside alive in these escriptions and the wealth of information on the flora and fauna that he iscovers for another nice list of flowers and colors see p 135 Somerville s gift of Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, description also extends to birdlifeA redshank flies across my path with a white flash of wings calling sharply tieu tieu tieu tieu A lapwing flaps past from theirection of the river peew peew peeiw hoarser and expressive than the redshank a cry very much like a cat in The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker distress p149 I sincerely enjoyed the onomatopoeia that he uses to realisticallyepict birdcallsI think my favorite walks were the one in June on the Ilse of Foula and in September in Sherwood Forest I certainly have a far greater envy to see England outside of the cities which unfortunately are all I have seen thereThe personal aspect to the book are the reminiscences of the author s father who had served in WW2 and worked until retirement for GCH and as most in that generation never really talked about his experiences During his various hikes in the present the author remembers various hikes and incidents from his life with his father It was particularly touching when his father loosens up a bit after a few beers in the Old Peculiar Pub in August I have to admit that the book Quadruplets On The Doorstep did inspire me to ask myad with whom I have never spent than a few hours alone to go on a hike sometime if for no other reason than to know a little about him as Christopher got to know his Luke dad I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy walking love nature and of course appreciate a good pint. Lanes and old paths in rain and fair weatherThis exuisitely written account of the British countryside both inspires us toon our boots and explore the 140000 miles of footpaths across the British Isles but also illustrates how on long istance walks we can come to an understanding of ourselves and our fellow walkers Over the hills and along they by ways Christopher Somerville finally finds the man behind his father’s modest buttoned up wartime facad. Christopher Somerville walking correspondent of The Times newspaper ocuments his walks around the British Isles The book "Is Structured Into The Twelve "structured into the twelve of the year as escribed in the folk song The #January Man and the chapters are linked by reminiscences of the time Somerville spent walking with #Man and the chapters are linked by reminiscences of the time Somerville spent walking with father a man who seemed very istant and forbidding The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning during his childhood but who later became a much loved and admired companion for some of the walks he recaptures hereThis is a warm and gentle book ranging acrossifferent regions weather conditions landscapes and customs It is uite straightforward and undemanding so I feel it may be less inspiring for those who read a lot in the nature writing genre However it is perfect for the occasional reader like myself who likes a generic sweep of unfamiliar parts of Britain taking in flora and fauna alongside manmade monuments and buildingsI also enjoyed Somerville s escriptions of his eveloping relationship with his father wise and loving without being overly sentimental and willing to recognise the mistakes and misunderstandings of youth Very enjoyable easy to read informative and inspiring An interesting mix of ifferent themes in one book part biographical of the authors father autobiographical nature walking and reviews on the literature of others I feel it shouldn t work but it kind of oes uite good reading for lockdown as it reminds you of the world that is out there I have thoroughly enjoyed this book about the joys of walking and there are so many little titbits of information that shall stick with me for ages particularly about badgers on the side of the roadI even went hunting for scurvy grass until I realised that was featured in a The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated different month to the one I was experiencing so the flowers were probably past it nowstill I got to have a play on the motorwayOne of the things about walking that I enjoy is how your mind wonders it s amazing how many issues at work I ve solveduring my lunchtime walk on the common and that part of walking features heavily in this book Somerville s mind wanders again and again to his father about how Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue distant he was when Somerville was a lad and how once he had retired they were able to bond over longistance walking it was a great homage to a father and at times uite heart breakingI liked how this book was laid out a walk per month usually with a reason for walking in that area ie lambing season or particular birds arriving back in the UK The walk is only a small part of the chapter so much history has been included and a lot of nature crammed in too A favourite part for me was when he Silent Confessions did St Cuthbert s walk an area of Scotland I have been too a few times and he covered the bit of the route I haveone it absolutely tipped it A Texas Holiday Miracle down for me at the same spot and it would be funny if we took shelter at the same placeThe writing is very good easilyrawing in the reader and not getting boring at any point Somerville has written a lot of books so I ll have to check another one out soonBlog review This is a lovely book wonderful use of language too I had it as an audiobook and was unsure if author was best narrator at first in January chapter but after that I realised he was probably the best narrator Only criticism His bird impersonations all sounded th. “In January 2006 a month or two after my father ied I thought I saw him again – a momentary impression of an old man a little stooped setting off for a walk in his characteristic fawn corduroys and shabby uilted jacket It was walking that first caused rifts between us in my sulky teenage years and walking that brought us back together later on; and this ‘ghost’ of Dad has been walking at my elbow since his eath as I have ruminated on his great. .
E same Haha There again I m no twitcher so others may The Note disagree This is a slow moving and lovely book I really enjoyed the author sescription of his father and relationship Wonderful escriptions #Of The Countryside And Nature But #the British countryside and
nature but really spoke to me was this uoteThere is no walking to compare with walking in snowIt but really spoke to me was this uoteThere is no walking to compare with walking in snowIt transcendental cleansing walking in order to walk away from oneselfthe rhythmic creak creak of boots on snow rawing the mind away across the blank white canvas of the countrysideI love walking in snow At the risk of The Wildcatter damning this book with faint praise I can t say much than that it was uite good I liked the idea ofividing it up into 12 chaptersmonths each one Bear Claw Lawman (Bear Claw Creek Crime Lab, drawing inspiration from a recent folk song The January Man Added to this Somerville also ponders on the relationship he had with his late father the walking holidays that graduallyrew them closer and then a wider meditation about men from his father s generation still carrying the scars from WW2The nature writing is lovely and the Her Nine Month Confession different landscapes are wellescribed Where he comes unstuck is A Southern Reunion dialogue which is stilted and clunky Overall uite enjoyable but I have read many much better walkingmemoir books and this one won t stay with me for long The January Man was so much than I expected It was a beautiful piece of nature writing filled with vivid Let It Go descriptions of the author s experience walking the British Isles across the seasons Full of wildlife observations flavored with a bit of folklore some family history and childhood memories it was also a love letter to his father and it was incredibly heartwarming I even teared up while reading it though it wasn t sad at any point However it was soaked with immense love to which it was hard to remain indifferentI m a huge fan of the UK of its language character nature traditions history literature music and people Christopher Somerville s story was a gem for me because it was such a great insight into the life Iream of It felt real It s partly painful partly joyful is a uote from this very book which Charade of Hearts describes it perfectly Late in 2015 Christopher Somerville lost his father after a short battle with cancer He had had a tempestuous relationship with him as a teenager partly because of the teenage angst but also because of his father s job They tried to bond by undertaking longer walks through the countryside but itidn t always work As they both grew older and a little wiser the relationship strengthened and the walks that they undertook brought them back together Undertaking a walk in a The Yuletide Rescue (Alaskan Search and Rescue different part of the country for each month Somerville weaves together a mix of personal recollection of his father the countryside he is wandering through and the natural wonders he sees around him He walks in the floods in the West country the tiny Isle of Foula near Shetland round Sherwood Forest and along the Lancashire coast and heads to Lyme Regis for a family gathering He uses these walks to look at the man his father was and to try to comprehend him He worked at GCH and could not say a word about his work to anyone and that led to many frustrating moments in their relationship This is no fair weather walking book he is not scared to venture out in the rain to follow his route It is uite readable and at Love of walking his prodigious need too it – and how and why I walk myself” The January Man is set over one calendar year as month by month region by region Christopher Somerville walks the routes that remind him of his father As he travels the country – from the River Severn to the Lake District the Norfolk Coast to the Isle of Foula off the west coast of Shetland – he Toward a Better Life describes the history wildlife landscapes and people he passesown back. ,