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Reviewer Notes: Explicit-Some
Reviewer is the author of This is
the Place and Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered
Footing Around the Emerald Isle
By Ian Middleton
A Book Designed for Fun and Charity
An Honest, Funny Look
that anyone cares, but I'm putting all travel section editors on
notice: I hate travel books. I prefer serendipity when I travel,
and I truly don't give a darn about the five-star hotels. The only
people you meet there are other travelers.
that may be an exaggeration, but my point here is that Hot Footing
Around the Emerald Isle by Ian Middleton is a book even travelers
(and book lovers) like me can adore.
just plain funny. And perspicacious. And it will do the world some
good-literally. More about that in a minute.
is a book about, well, you know, the adventures the author had hotfooting
it around Ireland. Now the author plans to do it again for charity.
He will walk 300 miles across Ireland to aid asthma research come
May. Part of the proceeds from this book go directly to charity,
and the rest of the profits will fund this second walk-sort of charity
and profits in motion like a giant snowball (I hope) rolling down
a hill and collecting more good, pristine stuff as it rolls!
more "good stuff" could include another book. For Mr.
Middleton, who lives in Maine, is quite an interesting writer. His
writing reflects his breadth of travel and his experience in the
UK; not that they are connected or anything, but he also has a rather
salty vocabulary. He has an uncanny knack for spotting the way the
universe provides coincidences and for characterization. Emerald
Isle introduces us to more interesting characters that the average
This is also inspirational. No, not
that kind. It will be an inspiration to English speakers with a
tad of Irish running in their veins to visit the green islands.
They can go the way Ian did, or they can get themselves one of those
how-to books that list prices and locations if they prefer. It's
really not what you read about Ireland that's important. It's how
well what you're reading works at getting you there!