Description - Spanish Steps by Tim Moore
Being larger than a cat, the donkey falls into that category of animal which Tim Moore is at least slightly scared of. Yet intrigued by epic accounts of a pilgrimage undertaken by one in three medieval Europeans, and strangely committed to historical authenticity, he finds himself leading a Pyrenean ass named Shinto into Spain, headed for Santiago de Compostela. Nuzzling businessmen at a city-centre zebra crossing, or shuffling after German policewomen across a broiled and lonely plain, the pair bring smiles to every local face, and not all of brazen derision. Over 500 miles of extreme weather, agonising bestial sloth and triple-bunk dormitories, 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.
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(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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Author Biography - Tim Moore
Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions and Do Not Pass Go. He lives in west London with his wife and three children.