The Burning Leg: Walking Scenes from Classic Fiction

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'I am looking for something more mysterious. For the path you read about in books, the old lane choked with undergrowth, whose entrance the weary prince could not discover.' - Alan Fournier Walkers, like lovers of literature, are driven by the urge to explore, and writers have blessed their fictional characters with itchy feet since the earliest of narratives. Milton's Adam and Eve leaving Eden, Mrs Yeobright's maternal anxiety spurring her across country in Hardy's The Return of the Native, militant miners in Zola's Germinal. Walks found in novels, short stories and even drama can have a multitude of meanings. Editor Duncan Minshull here forges a bold path through the greatest of the world's literature, collecting extracts from Dickens and Dostoevsky, Proust and Poe, Kipling, Kafka and many more to show imaginations time and again set in motion by the simple act of walking.

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"This wonderful little jewel collects extracts from Dickens and John Clare, George Eliot, Leo Tolstoy, D.H. Lawrence, Kipling, Kafka and many more. They are all here, from young ladies seeking to escape the confines of the drawing room, through flaneurs posing on city streets, to adventurers like Mark Twain and Jack London." --"Conde Naste Traveller"

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Duncan Minshull is a producer for BBC Radio. He has previously edited The Vintage Book Of Walking and written for various newspapers and magazines on the subject of pedestrianism. Will Self is a celebrated author, who is known for his satirical, grotesque and fantastical novels and short stories. He is also a passionate walker.

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