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  • One Man and Mule is a lovely, good-natured and highly informative journey through the hinterland, emphasizing the human scale of England in all its peculiarities - evocative and wonderfully observed.

    Paul Theroux
  • [I]t marks rivers, county boundaries, towns and villages relevant to the story, and the route the author took from St Bees on the Irish Sea, the most westerly point of northern England, to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. The remote, random, meandering nature of this hugely enjoyable peregrination could not have been better expressed… there is evocative writing of nature and landscape beyond the entertainment.

    Anthony Sattin, Observer
  • A thoroughly readable and discursive ramble through visually stimulating and historically fascinating countryside… A perfect book to take on your next holiday

    Country Life
  • Terrific fun

    Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
  • Thomson’s gently blokeish bonhomie is never less than diverting and his gently meandering account the ideal easy-going beach read

    The Lady
  • Thomson writes beguilingly

    Daily Mail
  • Like all travel books, it is a potpourri of journey log, historical notebook, social observation and agricultural and rural comment. Thomson writes wittily, his deep understanding of landscape and nature coupled with a powerful descriptive capacity and good ear for dialogue.

    Country & Townhouse
  • An enjoyable refuge from everyday life

    The Times
  • A wonderful witty and personal journey, this paints a vivid and beautiful picture of Britain and its history

    NFU Countryside
  • Companionable account of a coast-to-coast walk across England


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