Reviews

  • A story of tenacity, told with humility, in a West Africa experienced deeply at the pace of a walk. I loved this book, its thoughtfulness, turn of phrase and lightness of touch as the author escapes one life to rediscover another.

    Sophy Roberts, author of The Lost Pianos of Siberia
  • This is a book about how to travel: curious, observant, informed and poignantly honest. It is a marvellous and sensitive portrayal of the author's inner and the outer world.

    Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild: An Elemental Journey'
  • Waypoints wonderfully explores how walking animates resilience in times of stress, anxiety and worry, illustrating, through personal experience, how the journey is often our collective human goal.

    Shane O'Mara, author of 'In Praise of Walking'
  • Stepping out in the spirit of Bruce Chatwin and Rebecca Solnit, Robert Martineau ranges through forest and desert, literature and philosophy, in search of an answer to why we are drawn to wander. Although he walks over a thousand miles, Waypoints is less a tale of endurance than a form of meditation. In elegant, searingly honest prose, he treads the same line as John Muir, for whom 'going out was really going in'.

    David Farrier, author of 'Footprints'
  • Terrific... a travel-writing gem.

    Tim Butcher, author of Blood River
  • An epic journey and a book worthy of it. A thrilling and poignant meditation on the elusive reasons for getting out of bed in the morning; a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour, sensation, and time. An important new voice has arrived.

    Charles Foster, author of 'Being a Beast'
  • An astonishing dream-like journey... Martineau has written a deeply affecting book which sears itself on the memory like the sun of the western Sahel.

    Philip Marsden, author of 'Rising Ground', 'The Spirit-Wrestlers' and 'The Crossing Place'
  • His touch is light, his brushwork vivid, the account is full of surprises and refreshingly free of pomposity... A poignant illustration of the random kindness of strangers.

    Michela Wrong, author of 'In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz', 'Borderlines' and 'Do Not Disturb'
  • Waypoints is a paean to the transformative power of a long journey on foot, and to walking's capacity to define and illuminate our sense of self. Martineau writes with remarkable intelligence and honesty, and a singular reverence for the people and places he encounters along the way. A magnificent book.

    Ben Saunders, polar explorer and endurance athlete
  • This is a vivid, beautifully observed account of a trek through West Africa, but its true power lies in the way Martineau's deeply personal journey becomes a meditation on movement, belonging and being. Eclectic, spare, and at times redolent of Erling Kagge and Bruce Chatwin - there is a hint of greatness here.

    Daniel Metcalfe, author of 'Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey into Angola'

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