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Publisher's Summary

Know how to tramp and you know how to live... Know how to meet your fellow-wanderer, how to be passive to the beauty of nature and how to be active to its wildness and its rigour.

The tramp is a friend of society; a seeker, they pay their way if they can. One includes in the category 'tramp' all true Bohemians, pilgrims, explorers afoot, walking tourists, and the like. Tramping is a way of approach, to nature, to your fellow man, to a nation, to beauty, to life itself. It is a gentle art and there is much to learn; illusions to overcome, prejudices and habits to be shaken off.

The adventure is not the getting there, it is the on-the-way. It is not the expected; it is the surprise; not the fulfilment of prophecy but the providence of something better than prophesied.

Originally published in 1926, The Gentle Art of Tramping is a guide for anyone who has dreamed of taking to the road with nothing more than a bag full of essentials and big ideas. It gives guidance on walking, being open to discovery and being kind - advice as relevant now as it was then.

©1926 Stephen Graham (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A hymn to the wilderness of the the British Isles." (Robert Macfarlane, author of The Wild Places)

"An absolute gem of a book." (Alastair Humphreys)

"The Gentle Art of Tramping is Mr. Graham’s masterpiece." (The New York Herald)

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  • Joseph Kemp
  • 31-01-2021

Loved it

I've spent a lot of my life doing just what this book explains so poetically, it really warmed my heart to benefit from Stephen Graham's observations on this subject, a must for anyone that loves the outdoors

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  • mark Nieuwenhoff
  • 01-08-2020

A book about Hiking.

Mike Brady polishes a turd. Content is so dated it is irrelevant. And some of the literary rambling such as the bit about maps is daft. it would have been far more interesting if it were the journal of a Tramp.

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  • Ruth
  • 13-05-2020

A good gentle listen

It is certainly a bit dated, but still a lovely listen on tramping or hiking as we would call it now.
One I would probably listen to again. definitely worth a credit

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  • DEAN WADDINGTON
  • 08-03-2020

brilliantly charming.

loved every moment of this wonderfully written piece.
old but timeless.
will listen again without a doubt.

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