When a beautiful girl I hardly know asks if I want to climb Ben Nevis with her, I have a problem: no money. In a burst of unfounded optimism, instead of turning her down, I tell her we’ll hitch-hike.
Now, two weeks later, we’re standing on the side of the A1, surrounded by the concrete glamour of Brent Cross. Apocalyptic storm clouds close in on us and I begin to wonder… Can we really hitch all the way from London to Scotland, climb a mountain and get back again – all before work on Monday morning?
‘The Soles of My Shoes’ is a hitch-hiking travelogue, a Kerouac for the sustainability generation. In this time of austerity cuts, climate change, under-employment and over-education, what better way to travel?
This is a story of spontaneity, of adventure, of responsibility, of sustainability, of doubt and conviction – and perhaps even of love. It will appeal to the great generation of hitch-hikers young in the sixties, as well as to the youth of today who feel trapped by financial constraints and the expectations of social conformity.
Praise for ‘The Soles of My Shoes’:
“I read this in one sitting, so captivated was I by the writing. David Charles has produced a smart, funny and endearing story.”
“The Soles of My Shoes is an erudite, eloquent and warm book. A deceptively simple tale of a long weekend spent hitchhiking with an unrequited love-of-his-life, the protagonist reveals insights into love, life, class, wealth and what it is to travel.”
“I can only hope this fabulous book encourages a [hitchhiking] revival.”
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