The Land Beyond
Leon McCarron IB Taurus Published: 28 September 2017 Price: £17.99
There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East today. But that, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot through the Heart
of the Middle East is McCarron’s journey following a series of wild hiking trails, ancient trading routes and traversing some of the most contested landscapes in the world.
It charts his journey through the Holy Land: from Jerusalem to Jordan and the deserts of the Sinai. With wit and affection, McCarron paints a stunning picture of the region’s rich history, uncertain present, myriad faiths and its often beleaguered people.
His accounts of the conversations and encounters with local guides and the ordinary people he meets along the way are entertaining and affecting, showcasing the unique hospitality intrinsic to the region’s culture. A tribute to the humbling and immersive art of walking, this quest reveals the everyday reality of the Middle East and its people, who have been misunderstood for far too long. Enlightening, engaging and a must-read for anyone interested in this area of the world.