Walking the Woods and the Water, by Nick Hunt (Brealey 2014)

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The subtitle of this book is 'In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn'. It's widely known that one of the Twentieth Century's best writers and most compelling figures made his reputation by writing a trilogy about his walk in the 1930s from Holland, across Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Patrick Leigh Fermor's books are essential reading, and Nick Hunt recreates the same journey, using Fermor's books as a guide, and comparing how the intervening 80 years have changed Europe. It's a fascinating book, intelligent, well read and funny, but also profound in his reflections on the changes that have taken place since Paddy did the same walk of around 2500 miles.