The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

A journey on foot

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5, which means: It was amazing!

Artuccino’s bookish observation

A wonderful slow read of slow travel. I’m so sad I’ve finished the book. The good news is, Mr Macfarlane has written other books and they’re waiting for me.

A little about the book

In his book, The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane examines the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move, which folds together natural history, cartography, geology, and literature, the author sets off to follow the ancient routes that crisscross both the landscape of the British Isles and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the voices that haunt old paths and the stories our tracks tell. Macfarlane’s journeys take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. He matches strides with the footprints made by a man five thousand years ago near Liverpool, sails an open boat far out into the Atlantic at night. ((Book description adapted from GoodReads.))

The Old Ways was chosen by Slate Magazine as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the past 25 years

A little about the author

Robert Macfarlane is well-known as a writer about landscape, nature, memory, language and travel. His work has won many prizes internationally and been widely translated, and adapted for TV, film and radio by the BBC, among others. ((Find out more about Robert Macfarlane at Wikipedia))

A little about the audio narrator

The audiobook is narrated by Roy McMillan who has read titles ranging from Aristotelian philosophy to Ladybird Classics, and directed many audiobooks. He has written podcasts and sleeve notes as well as biographies; and has directed plays for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Genre – Non Fiction

Nature Writing, Slow Travel, Memoir

First Published


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