Ten Outstanding Books That Combine Walking and Thinking

Inspired by Verso Books’ excellent Guide to Political Walking, below is my guide to books that effortlessly combine walking, with musing about culture, literature, politics and geography, a form of exercise that I endorse.

  1. Wanderlust – Rebecca Solnit
  2. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  3. Wildwood – Roger Deakin
  4. The Wild Places – Robert Macfarlane
  5. The Arcades Project – Walter Benjamin
  6. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  7. Mythogeography: A Guide to Walking Sideways – Phil Smith
  8. A Field Guide to Getting Lost  – Rebecca Solnit
  9. Psychogeography by Will Self
  10. The Lost Art of Walking – Geoff Nicholson

I’ll also point you to Paul K. Lyons’ compelling straight line walk across London, which some enterprising publisher ought to pick up.

Please make suggestions of any books that ought to expand this list.

Admiring Self

There are numerous references on the web to Harold Bloom’s admiration for Will Self but I cannot find the original source of the reference. The admiration intrigues me as Self is a writer who’s novels and journalism I dislike intensely.

I am predisposed to admire Self. Not only is he (apparently) admired by Bloom but I would like to enjoy and support a genuinely talented contemporary English author. I try the novels (the last few sitting in Borders so I don’t waste the money) but have never got past half-way before giving them up as puerile and pretentious.

Any Will Self enthusiasts know the source of the Bloom reference? Any of you tell me what is to admire about Self’s oeuvre?