A Journey through Landscape and Fatherhood
There is a new book out written by Mark Charlton of the fine blog Views from the Bike Shed fame. I finished the book this morning, somewhat sadly really as I would have liked it to have been longer. You know what it’s like when you have a really good book, you sometimes want to make it last and to savour it slowly. The writing was very fine and the book is full of emotion. I can recommend it highly. Particularly poignant was one of the pieces the author wrote about his father, it had forgiveness, wisdom and understanding within and Mark’s words will stay with me. It is a worthy book for that alone but also for the writings about Wales, many areas of which I know well, (but not all which was a bonus). I am not into climbing, I love walking but unfortunately my husband, because of health problems, is not up to long walks any more. However I could visualise many of the more remote places he visits which was an added bonus.
There is everything I love in this book; nature and very personal reflections combined – this appeals to me as I too find it easier to reflect amongst nature and do not feel happy if I am away from it. Put me in a town or a city and I do not feel the same ease. These places are fine to visit but I cannot stand crowds and traffic for too long any more.
So this book will appeal to many: walkers, climbers, lovers of Wales, wildlife and nature, fathers, husbands ........and wives too.
For sons of fathers and fathers of sons, there is much that is touching within it.
(There is a quiet humour too).
Most of all I love the book for its honesty.
I look forward to another.