Troubador The Opening Country

Released: 28/02/2021

ISBN: 9781800461277

Format: Paperback

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The Opening Country

A Walk Through France


In this journey of discovery, John Micklewright travels the slow way, on foot, on paths, tracks and byways from the Channel to the Alps – from the coast of Normandy to the flanks of Mont Blanc. 

The Opening Country is a beautifully written account of his progress through the French countryside, an evocative patchwork of landscape, nature, history, literature, film, and – drawing on his father’s diaries that stretch back to the 1930s – of memoir. 

Always curious, absorbing all around him, ready on a whim to divert from his chosen route as he heads unhurriedly southwards. The natural world unfolds as spring turns to summer with surprises of bird song and butterflies, against a constant background of reminders of the economic and social story of rural France and of wars past. The result is an engrossing record of a classic long-distance walk through Britain’s nearest continental neighbour.  

The Opening Country is a book to fire the imagination – a call to travel slowly, to open eyes and ears, to discover and explore.

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John Micklewright

An academic economist, latterly professor at University College London, working on poverty and inequality with a number of books on these subjects. He lived and worked for years in Italy including a spell with the UN.

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