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The Hike

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Hike by Don Shaw

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Freddy, Phil, and Don are three grumpy old men, travelling at various speeds in the slow lane of retirement, at a loss to understand the mad modern world around them. Their chosen method of escape from all this is a shared weekly hike in the Peak District, come gale, hail, snow or torrential rain. They pass the time bumping into colourful and eccentric locals, but their real passion is bickering among themselves. Not only about the right path to take, but also about where they're all going at the fag end of life. Phil likes to dash up hills trying to beat his personal best, while Freddy plots how to sabotage him, teasing him at leisure and asking deep and difficult questions. Stuck in the middle, Don's only ambition is to stop the squabbling getting out of hand long enough to find a nice pub for lunch. As warm as the wind is cold, as dry as the lashing rain is wet, "The Hike" is a hilarious tale of bum-warmers, crayfish-fanciers, East German Trabant enthusiasts, bodger philosophers, sticky ginger cake, gorgeous countryside, and the subtle art of 'onedownmanship'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091908751
ISBN-10: 0091908752
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 127mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Doppler lost his father, leaves his family and decides to move into the woods . When he kills a she-elk for meat he's adopted by her calf with whom he gradually becomes friends. He names the little elk Bongo. Doppler is a charming, absurd and subversive novel with serious undertones and criticism of our modern consumer society.

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Author Biography - Don Shaw

Don Shaw began writing full-time in 1968 and soon became one of Britain's top television writers, with credits including Z-Cars, Dangerfield and Van der Valk. His Wingate trilogy of plays and Bomber Harris both won BAFTAs. He has also written a number of film screenplays. Don has made many TV appearances, discussing a variety of topics ranging from the Carl Bridgewater murder, the IRA and the Falklands War to the 'Keep Brian Clough at Derby' campaign which he led in 1973. He is still a regular guest on BBC Radio Derby. As well as hiking, Don still finds time to run three miles a day, and his other great passion is flying his own Piper 22 aircraft. He is married with three children and lives in London and Derbyshire.

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