This latest collection of walking literature from Notting Hill Editions celebrates the allure of the Continent.
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.
Contributors include: Patrick Leigh Fermor; John Hillaby; Robert Walser; Henriette d’Angeville; Joseph Roth; Joanna Kavenna; Richard Wright; Werner Herzog; Robert Antelme; George Sand; Rainer Maria Rilke; Robert Macfarlane; Rebecca Solnit; Kate Humble; Nicholas Luard; Edith Wharton; Elizabeth von Armin; Joseph Conrad; D. H. Lawrence; Vernon Lee; Guy Debord, Mark Twain, Thomas Coryat, and more.
About the Author
Duncan Minshull, described by Country Life magazine as "the laureate of walking," is a freelance audio producer and anthologist. His publications include the Notting Hill Editions title Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking; While Wandering; and The Burning Leg. He has described the joys of traveling on foot for various magazines and newspapers including The Times (UK), Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, The Lady, and Psychologies.
“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." - 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.” —Will Self