Eric Marks is a charming and eloquent companion, and I thoroughly enjoyed following his journey along the South West Coast Path and up the slopes of Kilimanjaro. From the Cliffs is a well-paced mixture of memoir, travel writing and useful backpacking tips. There are some lovely passages of vivid and evocative description here, and as well as the main narrative we are treated to numerous entertaining stories of the author’s previous backpacking trips. There are heart-stopping moments, a great deal of humour – particularly in the banter and in-jokes which Eric and his nephew share – and we meet plenty of interesting characters along the way.
Many of the stories have stuck in my mind, but one passage which really touched me was the tale of the exhausted swallows arriving at Land’s End. I also loved the flashback story of the unexpected snow blizzard encountered by Eric and a previous walking companion.
From the Cliffs of Cornwall to Kilimanjaro is both a satisfying read and an inspiring story.
by Troutie McFish
A truly good read from local Cornish origins to the majestic Kilimanjaro. Eric Marks attention to detail and the portrayal of small yet often overlooked items brings it to life. From building up fitness prior to a local lengthy walk to the heights of Tanzania’s tallest mountain. Highly recommended.
by David Salmon
Very disappointed that an apparent Cornishman could write that Bude is in Devon when it is of course in Cornwall! I am
Only half way through the book and feel more attention at present is being given to the free bus pass than the stunning coastal walk. I will persevere and hope the Kilimanjaro part is better.
by Jane Briggs