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.
I’m afraid that the next meeting, which is part of the Daunt Books Festival on Friday 17th March, discussing Julian Barnes’s first novel Metroland is now SOLD OUT. You don’t usually need to book a (free) place, it is only because this is a slightly special one for the festival and so gets busier than usual. Fear not, for we will be meeting as usual for a Hampstead Heath walk on Sunday 23rd April, to discuss Ali and Nino by Kurban Said. No need to book a place for this, you just turn up having read the book, but if you would like the details of timings and where to meet etc., then please drop me a line using the form below.