An enthralling read that I would wholeheartedly recommend.
‘Any Porth In A Storm’ is an entertaining piece of travel writing that follows Oscar Burton as he walks the South West Coastal Path. The journey covers 1015km and goes from Somerset to Dorset. With wit and deep insight, the author takes us on this gruelling journey filled with ups and downs, opportunities to meet new people and terrible weather conditions. This is a story of endurance. I was captivated by Oscar’s perseverance and needed to read on to see if he reached the end, although I was sad at the moment he lost his companion Zippy. I loved the literary references throughout, and although this book does not inspire me to walk the Path it does inspire me to learn about and see more of the South West Coast. Set against the backdrop of political and economic uncertainty experienced in the UK in modern times with fallouts from Brexit etc. and ending with the lockdowns of 2020, this is an enlightening read that will not only potentially put you off walking the Path in one go, but also give you the space to explore themes of resilience and hope amidst dire circumstances. An enthralling read that I would wholeheartedly recommend.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Any Porth in a Storm – the long-distance walk that goes south is the story of an escape from the City to the country amid economic uncertainty and growing urban homelessness. In a brief moment of sanity an international public health worker, armed with a tent, sleeping bag and latrine trowel, leaves London to begin a literary and artistic walk of the 1015 kilometre (give or take) South West Coast Path from Somerset to Dorset. It was to be an exploration of the landscape, history, literature and art which make up the Path; to follow in the footsteps of Le Carré, du Maurier, Woolf, Christie, Turner, Hepworth and Jeremy Paxman. The few plans he had wound together in haste, began to unravel when faced with extreme weather, time, tide, excessive packing, failing electronic equipment, the military and unpredictable interpersonal relations. This was no journey of self-discovery, it was simply to reach the end in one piece. Most importantly, he took pains to ensure that nobody would be inspired to repeat it. Ruins, the entry route of a past pandemic, ubiquitous death and dereliction, extreme weather, and refugees from the city betrayed the insecurities of our own world. All societies are vulnerable to collapse, and those which think they are not - perhaps more so. The question was whether we had the foresight to recognise the coming storm and enough sufficiently skilled people to survive it. And would any of them will be able to make Nutella® from scratch? A story of loss, dereliction, improbable coincidence, hope and responsible defaecation.
|Publication date:||31st March 2021|
|Primary Genre||Humour (Non-Fiction)|