The Old Ways

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE

The Old Ways confirms Macfarlane’s reputation as one of the most eloquent and observant of contemporary writers about nature’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Sublime… It sets the imagination tingling, laying an irresistible trail for readers to follow’ Sunday Times

‘Read this and it will be impossible to take an unremarkable walk again’ Metro

‘He has a rare physical intelligence and affords total immersion in place, elements and the passage of time: wonderful’ Antony Gormley

Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world – a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.

Reviews:

Macfarlane has shown how utterly beautiful a brilliantly written travel book can still be‘ Observer on The Old Ways

‘It sets the imagination tingling…like reading a prose Odyssey sprinkled with imagist poems‘ The Sunday Times onThe Old Ways