I just finished reading "Thinking on My Feet" by the British TV presenter Kate Humble. She has always specialised in programmes about the natural world. The book was not a novel but a homage to walking. That is why I picked it.
It is a kind of diary of the writer's varied walking experiences over the period of a single year. The walks range from morning strolls with her dogs to rambles through the concrete canyons of New York City and a challenging long distance walk following the course of The River Wye from its source in the mountains of mid-Wales.
Kate Humble is neither pretentious nor especially intellectually gifted but she really understands the joys and the benefits of walking. She writes simply and honestly, noting the world around her - the birds, the trees, changes in the weather, rivers, mountains and farmland.
She appreciates that walking can help us to get troubles into perspective and it can help us to think creatively. The rhythms of walking are etched into our very DNA. We were walking for thousands of years before motorised transport appeared on the scene.
"Thinking on My Feet" provides a pleasant, undemanding read about an activity that is so often overlooked or undervalued. When you walk, your feet take you from A to B so that you can stand on a hillock and see where you came from, happy in the obvious knowledge that your legs carried you there. Furthermore, when you walk - you never know what you might see. The world around us is filled with wonder just as it always was.