In the Steps of Thomas Hardy
writers have captured the spirit of rural life and the beauty
of the English landscape, particularly Dorset, as brilliantly
as Thomas Hardy.
you can walk with him and still enjoy the countryside he knew
and loved. The book takes you on a journey visiting the actual
places that inspired him and explains how he uses them to
illuminate his themes and characters.
are eighteen circular walks to enjoy in Hardy’s company.
Walk on the downs above Puddletown where Gabriel
Oak tended his sheep in Far From the Madding Crowd, take the
‘embowered path beside the Frome’ with the carol
singers in Under the Greenwood Tree, follow the paths beside
the river Frome trodden by Tess and Angel Clare in Tess of
the d’Urbervilles. Stand on High Stoy to admire
one of Hardy’s favourite views of the Blackmore
Thomas Hardy as your companion you will not only gain a deeper
insight into his work, you will discover a hidden England.
reading: “In the Steps of Thomas Hardy” by
The Times of London
“In the Steps of Thomas Hardy” is written
in a straightforward, readable style, cleverly interweaving
directions for your walk with knowledgeable appreciation of
Hardy’s novels.’ The American
are several guides to Hardy’s topography…but this
one has the salient advantage over all the others that it
is meant to go into an anorak pocket, not lie on a coffee
table. The walker who uses it can tramp over the same ‘drongs’
as Hardy daily trudged…’ Trevor Johnson,
writer and lecturer on Thomas Hardy
the Steps of Thomas Hardy
208 pages. Photographs. Maps. Prints.
1 85306 047 X
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