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Literary Event, Sun 12 Nov 2017




Tom Chesshyre - From Source to Sea: Notes from a 215-mile walk along the River Thames.

A month after the vote on Brexit, The Times’. Travel Writer Tom Chesshyre set forth from a meadow in the Cotswolds to fulfil a lifelong ambition: to walk the length of the River Thames.

Along the way he meets characters aplenty: fishermen, lock-keepers, boat builders, down-and-outs, and a fair few fellow walkers too. He is a guest at a Hindu water ceremony, enjoys Kurdistani riverbank barbecues, gets lost in a marsh (or two), drinks wine at impromptu houseboat parties by Tower Bridge, and visits many a jolly hostelry.

With questions about whether the pound will collapse, whether Scotland will leave the UK and whether hate crime will soar dominating the headlines, Chesshyre tramps onwards, delving into the river’s past: the crossing of the river by Julius Caesar, the signing of the Magna Carta by its banks, the conversion of Saxon kings to Christianity in its waters, among much else.

From Source to Sea is a love letter to England’s greatest river - a river that has seen everything, and continues steadily on its way, minding its own business as it swirls onwards to the sea.

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Sun 12 Nov 2017 12:00


£8 / £6.50



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