Emily’s Walking Book Club with Daunt Books

Emily’s Walking Book Club meets once a month on a Sunday morning, setting out from Daunt Books, Hampstead to go for an hour’s stroll across Hampstead Heath, while chatting meanderingly about a book. Here are some lovely photos from our February walk.

The idea behind it is that it’s much easier to talk while you’re walking – something about the rhythm of it loosens your thoughts and your tongue too. Perhaps it’s also easier because you’re looking around at beautiful landscape rather than making stressful eye-contact.

We were delighted to be recorded for Ramblings with Clare Balding, first broadcast on Radio 4 on 7th February 2013. You can listen again if you follow the link.

These are a few of the books that we’ve discussed in Emily’s Walking Book Club with Daunt Books (as opposed to at festivals, where it has occasionally popped up), along with some links to my posts on the books. I try to find lost classics – hidden gems of our bookshelves, which might otherwise be overlooked:

The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins

Instead of a Letter by Diana Athill

All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West

A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

If you’d like to read more about Emily’s Walking Book Club, here is a feature I wrote about it for The Spectator.

New reader-walker-talkers are welcomed with open arms, so if you’d like to come along do get in touch using the form below and I’ll let you know the details of where to meet. You’re welcome to bring along dogs, friends or children and I promise it’s not in the least bit intimidating. Please bear in mind that the Heath can be extremely muddy (somehow I always manage to find an especially boggy bit), so please do wear sensible footwear.

The next meeting is on Sunday 1st October to discuss Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane – the first book by this much loved thinker and walker.

Mountains of the mind

If you would like the details of timings and where to meet etc., then please drop me a line using the form below.

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12 Responses to “Emily’s Walking Book Club with Daunt Books”

  1. Claire Hardiman Says:

    Looks very promising, would like to come on 17 March, will read the book

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