In alphabetical order of authors, I am posting the details every day over twelve days if my best reads in 2012. As ever, the year was one of delightful discoveries and occasional disappointments. Today it’s non-fiction with a couple of connected events as a bonus. Do please comment and offer me your own best reads of the year.
Over the year, I have been on a journey, tracing another man’s footsteps. I finished the journey this morning. Now I have three books on my shelf, each a source of pleasure and satisfaction such that I already plan to retrace my steps from the beginning. I have been walking alongside the First World War poet and one of that destructive conflict’s victims: Edward Thomas. And the reference to walking is deliberate. Thomas walked as much as Wordsworth and worked demotic language into his verse just as effectively.