As anyone who’s read the blog on a regular basis will know, earlier this year Alex, my youngest son, and I spent five days walking on the Pennine Way. (A word of explanation: all my children have different names on the blog. But I’m not sure the need to protect identities is there any more now they’re adults.)
I’m now writing a book about our five days and 90 miles.
I’ll write it in the normal ‘Best Dad’ style, so there’ll be plenty of humour – including how I came to walk a mile of the Pennine Way in my underpants.
It was, if you like, a father/son ‘road trip:’ I’ll tell you what we learned about ourselves, and what we learned about each other.
It’ll also be written as a travel guide, with the specific intention of inspiring other families to get out there and do what we did. So I’ll include a ‘how to’ section at the end, covering preparation and the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the walk: the B&Bs we stayed in, how to get your bags transported and how much it all cost.
Right now (November 2016) I’m still writing the first draft. But the initial 2,500 words are close to finished. If you’d like to read them then click the link for the father-son-pennine-way PDF. Feel free to come back to me with comments and suggestions – and if you’d like to be notified when the book is available, let me know. I’m going to self-publish it as an e-book initially and it’ll be available on the Kindle and all the other e-book readers.
Stop press: December 22nd – having been flattened for three weeks with the worst bout of gastric flu of my entire life (but look on the bright side, half a stone lost) the book is slightly behind schedule. I’m now aiming to have the full first draft done by the end of January, with publication due for Easter. As above, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to read the first 10,000 words when they’re written.