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Kerri Andrews, Kathleen Jamie (Foreword by)

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Offering a beguiling view of the history of walking, Wanderers guides us through the different ways of seeing—of being—articulated by ten pathfinding women writers.

“A wild portrayal of the passion and spirit of female walkers and the deep sense of ‘knowing’ that they found along the path.”—Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path

 
“I opened this book and instantly found that I was part of a conversation I didn't want to leave. A dazzling, inspirational history.”—Helen Mort, author of No Map Could Show Them

This is a book about ten women over the past three hundred years who have found walking essential to their sense of themselves, as people and as writers. Wanderers traces their footsteps, from eighteenth-century parson’s daughter Elizabeth Carter—who desired nothing more than to be taken for a vagabond in the wilds of southern England—to modern walker-writers such as Nan Shepherd and Cheryl Strayed. For each, walking was integral, whether it was rambling for miles across the Highlands, like Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt, or pacing novels into being, as Virginia Woolf did around Bloomsbury. Offering a beguiling view of the history of walking, Wanderers guides us through the different ways of seeing—of being—articulated by these ten pathfinding women.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Original Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1789145015
Item Weight: 1.26 lbs
Dimensions: 5.0 x 1.6 x 7.8 inches
Customer Reviews: 3 out of 5 stars 501 to 1,000 ratings
"The reader of Andrews's Wanderers: A History of Women Walking laces her boots and strikes out with ten women who walked, wrote, and wrote about walking. . . . There are some lovely vignettes. . . . The book is at its best when imaginatively recreating the sole-tiring, soul-stirring, stomping simplicity of walking alone. Then the reader shares the rapture of Virginia Woolf's cry: 'Oh the joy of walking!'"
-Laura Freeman / The Critic
Kerri Andrews is a reader in women's literature and textual editing at Edge Hill University. She has published widely on women's writing, especially Romantic-era authors, writing for the Guardian, Trail magazine, and others, and is a keen hill-walker and member of Mountaineering Scotland. She lives in Peebles, Scotland.