Troubador Ancient Feet

Released: 06/10/2008

ISBN: 9781906510978

Format: Paperback

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Ancient Feet – a tale of blisters, sweat and, ultimately, cheers. There’s life in the old legs yet.

Meet the Old Spice Boys – Dosh, Whinger, Shorty, Scaredy and Windy – five men who are, perhaps, approaching their ‘sell-by’ date, determined to prove that age is all in the mind. Together, they set off to walk from one coast of England to the other. Will their Ancient Feet carry them there? Will a diet of pies and pasties prove to be the right preparation for the physical challenge of walking over 190 miles? Will their friendship survive twelve days in each other’s company? Why is one of them carrying three enormous onions?

Following Alfred Wainwright’s route across the north of England, their hilarious adventures unfold and one of them begins to believe he has much in common with his hero, particularly when he ‘discovers’ that Mr Wainwright had an unusual, and unpublicised, encounter with a buzzard.

Ancient Feet is an enjoyable romp through the countryside without any of the usual aches, pains or wet socks. Alan Nolan and his friends are terrific companions, so thanks to them for letting us readers tag along.
Nick Hancock

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Alan Nolan

Born and raised in Southport, Lancashire, Alan started work in Liverpool in 1963, just when the 'Cavern' seemed to be the centre of the universe. The pop world was dominated by the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Searchers and all the other Liverpool groups of the time. Everyone Alan met or worked with was either related to, went to school with or lived next door to someone who was in the charts. Even the woman who served in the sweet shop next door to the office claimed to be the mother of one of the Merseybeats.

Despite the distractions of pop and football, he managed to pick up a good grounding in his chosen career of financial services and, after working in his home town of Southport and in Manchester, by the time he was in his late twenties he found himself in North Staffordshire, where he lives to this day. In 1985, he opened his own business as an Independent Financial Adviser, which became a partnership in 2000. Alan retired in 2006.

Now living with his partner, Suzy, and their three border collies in a converted village school in a small hamlet in rural North Staffordshire,

he still follows his beloved Liverpool Football Club, but only on television these days. Also, he enjoys fellwalking, which is what prompted him to write his first book, Ancient Feet.

Alan appeared in the BBC television series Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast with Julia Bradbury which has been shown on both BBC2 and BBC4 and is now out on DVD.

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