bent to pick up a small grey flinty stone which she clutched tightly
in her palm; it was her little piece of Yorkshire rock which she
would carry all the way to St Bees. She checked her watch, it
was eight-thirty in the morning, and with a slow, deep breath
of moist, salty air she took the first symbolic step.’
at yet again being taken for granted, fifty-year-old Linda refuses
to accompany her successful, executive husband on a Rotary trip.
The more Jim tries to manipulate the situation, using friends
and their adult children to persuade her to go, the more she digs
in her heels.
Instead, she sets off on her own to walk from the East to West
coast. The ups and downs and climatic changes of the walk, across
wild open moors, fertile dales and the mountainous Lake District,
provide time and space in which to reflect on her life and consider
outlook is totally changed when she meets Nick, another lone walker.
But the walk, like life, is not a clearly defined path. Full of
challenges and decisions, it is sometimes an easy stroll, at others
a hard climb for little reward; sometimes it offers dangerous
diversions, or is shrouded in the mist of past experience. As
the walk progresses Linda discovers that life offers more than
one route to happiness.
Profile : Jan Minshull
Minshull grew up in Kentish seaside town with her six sisters and
brother playing 'imagine' games and writing prize winning compositions
in school. After the failure of her early marriage, she married
her graphic designer boss and has lived happily ever after, working
together in the advertising business in Canterbury, adopting cats
and dogs and walking wherever and whenever they could. After a year
of dithering, at the toss of a coin, they sold the business and
moved to the Lake District where her husband is now a professional
artist and Janet manages an idyllically located hotel on the shores
of Ullswater – a perfect job for a writer, providing interesting
characters and four winter months of writing time.
who has a step-daughter, three step-grandchildren and a profusion
of nephews and nieces, finds that her fascination for people-watching,
social history and the environment constantly feeds her hyper-active