Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With a donkey
Being larger than a cat, the donkey is the kind of animal Tim Moore is slightly scared of. Yet intrigued by epic accounts of a pilgrimage undertaken by one in three medieval Europeans, and committed to historical authenticity, he finds himself leading a Pyrenean ass named Shinto into Spain, headed for Santiago de Compostela.
Over 500 miles of extreme weather and agonising bestial sloth, it becomes memorably apparent that for the multinational band of eccentrics who keep the Santiagan flame alive, the pilgrimage has evolved from a purely devotional undertaking into a mobile therapist's couch.
Ludicrous, heart-warming and improbably inspirational, Spanish Steps is the story of what happens when a rather silly man tries to walk all the way across a very large country, with a very large animal who doesn't really want to.
“He is a rare comic talent”
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“One of the classier writers of the humorous travel book... A very entertaining read”
“At last, a travel book that makes you think but also makes you laugh out loud”
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“Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he is in fact a writer of considerably more substance and the jokes come thick and fast”
“Without a doubt, the funniest travel writer in the world... A hugely entertaining adventure... Spanish Steps is also surprisingly touching; only the stony-hearted will be able to read about Moore's farewell to the wonderful Shinto without feeling a little misty-eyed”