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The Art of Camping The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars by Matthew De Abaitua

The Art of Camping The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars


The Art of Camping The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars by Matthew De Abaitua

Could there be another way of life? Can I survive with less stuff? Should I run for the hills?These are all good questions that people have asked before, throughout history, and which have inspired people to set up camp. But now camping is part of the drive for self-sufficiency, a reaction against mass tourism, a chance to connect with the land, to experience a community, to leave no trace . . . From packing to pitching, with hikes into the deep history of the subject and encounters with the great campers and camping movements of the past, this is a witty and philosophical blend of 'how to', history and personal anecdotes - a must for every camper.


Does for camping what Roger Deakin did for wild swimming * Independent * A delightful combination of history and memoir with a generous dollop of guidance thrown on top . . . read this gem of a book * Economist * An elegant ode to the joys of camping. All sorts of tips on campsite etiquette, lore, equipment, and best practice, and his advice is convincing and honest. He is a lovely writer and his history is enlivened with tremendous flashes of wit * Daily Telegraph * Teaming witty anecdotes with a potted history of what sleeping under the stars means sociologically, De Abaitua makes learning how to create a tented home away from home fun * Elle * De Abaitua will soon have you believing in this consistently engaging and enjoyable book. It's a fine writer indeed who can seem authoritative, approachable and just great fun * Metro *

About the Author

Matthew De Abaitua

Matthew De Abaitua was born in Liverpool in 1971. After graduating from the University of East Anglia Creative Writing MA studying under Malcolm Bradbury, he lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk. His first novel The Red Men (Snowbooks 2007, Gollancz ebook 2013) was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. He currently lectures on Creative Writing at Brunel University and Writing Science Fiction at the University of Essex.

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Publication date

26th April 2012


Matthew De Abaitua

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Penguin Books Ltd


304 pages


Camping & woodcraft



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