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Novel of an A W Wainright walk through CUMBRIA and YORKSHIRE

22nd May 2024

You Are Here by David Nicholls, novel of an A W Wainright walk through Cumbria and Yorkshire.

#audiobook narrated by Lee Ingleby and Lydia Leonard.

Novel of an A W Wainright walk through CUMBRIA and YORKSHIRE

Oh, goodness, if this isn’t a reminder of what a terrific author can conjure up? I have long been a fan of David Nicholls and this is probably the most polished and engrossing read yet. The story is set just after the pandemic, specifically over the Easter period 2021.

It tells the story of Michael and Marnie, who both have failed relationships behind them. Marnie is a little world weary and enjoys her own company, working at home as a freelance copy editor and Michael is a geography teacher, who enthusiastically loves his subject They are both set in their ways and given their ages, 38 and 42 years old respectively, they are bringing a great deal of baggage to this hike, in more ways than one. Marnie has packed more than enough changes of underwear, including an assortment of evening dresses, whereas Michael, the ardent and experienced walker (who is itching to hone Marnie’s walking acumen) has packed only the bare necessities.

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Novel of an A W Wainright walk through CUMBRIA and YORKSHIREThey have been invited to join a group of friends for a post-pandemic hike, lasting several days and following an A W Wainright route from Cumbria through Yorkshire to Middlesbrough, with a target destination at Robin Hood’s Bay. It’s maybe 190 or so miles that will pass through some of Britain’s most stunning countryside.

He beautifully captures the banter and repartee between the two, with Marnie excelling at witty ripostes. They talk about all manner of things and the reader is wonderfully roped in to the minutiae of their walk, written with a charm and insight sustained almost throughout the narrative. Some of the places they stay (which are an invention of the author’s mind but have such British universality) are grim – to put it mildly – but he mercilessly yet nicely depicts the desolate nature of some of Britain’s accommodations. Everyone will recognise some – if not all – of the elements.

A shout-out to the two audiobook narrators who made this such an engrossing and entertaining listen.

This is a beautifully penned novel that has been created with care and thought. And certainly, if you are going to be walking in England’s green and pleasant land, then this is a great accompaniment. If you are intent on following in Michael’s and Marnie’s footsteps, then the author suggests that the first four days are perhaps the most rewarding.

Tina for the TripFiction Team

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