On the Marshes – A Journey into England’s Waterlands – Carol Donaldson. Paperback (rrp £10). New/unread condition. Please note….there is a small mark to the first endpaper (see last photograph). I read this book (a different copy) last winter and thoroughly enjoyed it.
“When Donaldson walked across the marshlands of north Kent, travelling from Gravesend to Whitstable, she was still coming to terms with being evicted from her home and the break-up of a long-term relationship. Until then she had been happily working as a conservationist and sleeping in a caravan underneath a willow tree on a RSPB nature reserve. What begins as a walk away from her troubled past becomes a journey of self-discovery, a pilgrimage in search of people, who have chosen to live on the edge of England in this lonely, beautiful waterland……[people] who are drawn to the watery margins by an urge to escape the expectations, comforts and costs of twenty-first century life”. The beginning of each chapter is illustrated with one of her b&w photographs.