THE BAREFOOT NAVIGATOR
Given the current state of world affairs, one could be forgiven for thinking that Armageddon is imminent. If it does come to knocking technology on the head (not the worst call, some might say), you will need the skills learnt from The Field – and those learnt in the field.
Jack Lagan’s diverting book is all you’ll need to find your way from A to B without Google Maps, sat nav or any other supposedly helpful form of technology. This is a grown-up way of finding your way home.
Lagan’s book is divided into four parts: the skills of the ancients; practical no-tech navigation; do-ityourself lo-tech navigation; and survival navigation. The initial exploration into how the Vikings crossed difficult seas and Renaissance man navigated the globe are engrossing, even if your only experience of a compass was an ill-fated Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
The latter parts of the book explain the techniques in detail, how the natural world and the environment provide all the signs you need, and how to read them. It is too easy to forget the plain wonder of the natural world but this book reminds us of its vast usefulness, too.
By Jack Lagan Bloomsbury, £15