9 Get back on your feet in the UK

This month’s book­shelf is walk­ing for a rea­son

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There’s any num­ber of rea­sons why peo­ple should set upon a huge travel chal­lenge, but a tough brush with mor­tal­ity cer­tainly seems to fire many an am­bi­tion. This month’s book­shelf finds a pair of life-af­firm­ing reads pow­ered by life-chang­ing di­ag­noses. First on the road is One Woman Walks Wales (Honno Press, £13), which sees Ur­sula Martin spend­ing her time – in be­tween check ups for ovar­ian can­cer – walk­ing the whole of her home coun­try, get­ting to in­ti­mately ex­pe­ri­ence all 6,000km of its rugged peaks and val­leys. In­spi­ra­tional.

Raynor Winn’s de­ci­sion to walk the South West Coast Path with just the barest of es­sen­tials isn’t just mo­ti­vated by her hus­band’s ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis, but also the loss of their fam­ily home in the same week. The Salt Path (Pen­guin,£15) finds the broke pair blur the line be­tween wild camp­ing and be­ing home­less – and re­dis­cover the mean­ing of the word home.

Cameron Mc­neish’s heart al­ways be­longed to Scot­land, de­spite his ex­pe­ri­ences walk­ing and climb­ing around the world. There’s Al­ways the Hills (Sand­stone Press, £20) re­counts the trek leader’s love af­fair with the planet’s wild places – but es­pe­cially his beloved home­land’s.

Of course, an ad­ven­ture’s not al­ways about rough­ing it. Be­tween her sa­fari, spa and city break as­sign­ments, travel journo Anna Hart de­liv­ers her breezy De­par­tures (Sphere, £14): part mod­ern guide to liv­ing with itchy feet, part ode to the trans­for­ma­tive power of get­ting away… and to some­times just say­ing ‘f**k it’.

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