A Walker's Alphabet

Adventures on the long-distance footpaths of Great Britain

by Anthony Linick



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/12/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 516
ISBN : 9781452072999
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781467894883

About the Book

For those who need encouragement in taking up the pleasures of the long-distance footpath, a good beginning might be Chapter 1 (“A: Adventure”). If you want to know what to bring with you, look at Chapter 12 (L: Lists) and if you want to consider whom to bring with you, check out Chapter 3 (C: Companions), Chapter 11 (K: Kids) or even 4 (D: Dogs).

If you need some hints on where to head, particularly in Britain, consider Chapter 22 (V: Viewpoints); in the U.K. you will also find use for Chapter 20 (T: Transportation), Chapter 2 (B: Bed & Breakfast), Chapter 8 (H: Hotels), Chapter 16 (P: Pubs), Chapter 25 (Y: Youth Hostels), Chapter 6 (F: Food) and Chapter 23: (W: Weather). How to cope with health crises is discussed in Chapter 9 (I: Illness and Injury).  

What your feet will encounter on British footpaths is illustrated in Chapter 19 (S: Surfaces); human encounters are discussed in Chapter 5 (E: Encounters) and animal ones in Chapter 26 (Z: Zoo Story). Typical trailside chatter is revealed in Chapter 17 (Q: Questions).

How to select and use an appropriate guidebook is covered in Chapter 7 (G: Guidebooks), maps in Chapter 13 (M: Maps), and hints on figuring it all out on the ground in Chapter 18 (R: Route finding). What to do when your route in blocked is considered in Chapter 15 (O: Obstruction!), how to react when you get lost in Chapter 24 (X: X – The Unknown) and when to call it a day in Chapter 10 (J: Judgment).

Finally, if you want a quick insight into the reliability or even the sanity of the present author, check out his catalogue of grievances in Chapter 21 (U: Unforgiven) or his rambling obsessions in Chapter 14 (N: Neurotica).

About the Author

 Anthony Linick was born in Los Angeles in 1938 and educated in the city’s schools, including Alexander Hamilton High School. In 1955 he entered the University of California at Los Angeles where, majoring in history, he completed his BA in 1959 and his PhD. five years later. While still an undergraduate he began work on the little magazine, Nomad (1959-1962), which he co-edited with Donald Factor. This background also contributed to his choice of doctoral dissertation topic, A History of the American Literary Avant-Garde Since World War II.

In 1964 he and Dorothy were married in Los Angeles and the following year they moved to East Lansing, Michigan, where Anthony took up a post as Professor of Humanities at Michigan State University. He taught a variety of courses in Western Civilization, literature and contemporary culture here, and published a number of articles on popular culture topics, American and British. Indeed, the Linicks began to spend more and more time in England, including a sabbatical year begun in 1979; in 1981 they moved to London.

Here Anthony began a twenty-year teaching career at the American School in London, in St. John’s Wood, offering many courses, first in the high school social studies department and then in the English department – where he served as department head from 1994 to 2002, the year he retired. Dorothy also worked at the American School as a special projects coordinator. She died in July, 2007.

Since his retirement Anthony has been at work on a number of writing projects, including two volumes in the dog people of Paddington Rec cycle, Strictly Come Barking and Have I Got Dogs For You!, and a biography of his stepfather, the composer Ingolf Dahl. All of these books are available from Authorhouse.