Coast to Coast by Jan Minshull

ISBN: 1 905175 213

Published: May 2006

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‘She 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.’

Synopsis

Annoyed 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 her future.

Her 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.

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Author Profile : Jan Minshull

Janet 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.

Janet, 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 imagination.

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