Additional Book Information
Series: Notting Hill Editions
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
From Notting Hill Editions
SaunteringWriters Walk Europe
edited and with an introduction by Duncan Minshull
On foot the world comes our way. We get close to the Continent’s alpine ranges, arterial rivers, expansive coastlines. Close to its ancient cities and mysterious thoroughfares; and close to the walkers themselves—the Grand Tourers and explorers, strollers and saunterers, on their hikes and quests, parades and urban drifts.
Sauntering features sixty walker-writers—classic and current—who roam Europe by foot. Twenty-two countries are traversed. We join Henriette d’Angeville, the second woman to climb Mont Blanc; Nellie Bly roaming the trenches of the First World War; Werner Herzog on a personal pilgrimage through Germany; Hans Christian Andersen in quarantine; Joseph Conrad in Cracow; Rebecca Solnit reimagining change on the streets of Prague; and Robert Macfarlane dropping deep into underground Paris.
Other contributors include: Patrick Leigh Fermor, John Hillaby, Robert Walser, Joseph Roth, Joanna Kavenna, Richard Wright, Robert Antelme, George Sand, Rainer Maria Rilke, Kate Humble, Nicholas Luard, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth von Armin, D. H. Lawrence, Vernon Lee, Guy Debord, Mark Twain, Thomas Coryat, and more.
Here is an odd development: I have decided to carry a book. For at least the coming season, when, with hope, we head out once again for afternoon or evening walks, I want this book with me. I plan to open it, often, every day. Read one selection and you will smile. Read three and you'll be lacing your boots. . . . The genius of Sauntering is that it celebrates the act itself, the joy as well as pain of walking. There are narratives of sunny valleys as well as of frightening wartime trenches. The book has nothing to do with exercise and everything to do with a way of seeing.
—Scott Olsen, Star Tribune
Sauntering is a superior feast, a high-class tasting menu, sometimes deliciously incongruous but always organised with intelligent care. . . . It is hard to think that it could be better done.
—Laura Thompson, Times Literary Supplement
Sauntering is full of those free associations in place and space that are the very essence of walking pursued as a writerly act, and writing undertaken as an ambulatory art. The perfect companion for a summer ramble, or a winter fireside.
A beguiling panorama of wanderers from different eras and geographies. . . Like his subjects, Minshull wanders, lifting contributions from people all over the literary map: philosophers, novelists, essayists, critics, children’s authors. . . . [His] goal, one gathers, is less to trace a historiography of the rambler than to expand the genre of flânerie, with an open-endedness true to its spirit.
—Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker