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ISBN: 9781906551148
AUTHOR: Anthony Gibson
A Celtic Odyssey
A Celtic Odyssey
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“What I am is a Westcountryman. There is no finer sight in all the world than the tors of Dartmoor as the ferry nears Plymouth.The more I travel, the more I appreciate how deeply fortunate I am to have been born and lived most of my life in the South-West of England.” Anthony Gibson

This is an account of a journey in a camper van down the Celtic coast of Europe in the summer of 2008, from the most north-westerly point on mainland Britain, CapeWrath, to Asturias, on the coast of Northern Spain, taking in Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany along the way. It was written as the author travelled along, usually at intervals of about two days, and was originally posted as a blog on the internet.

The author had the idea of A Celtic Odyssey a couple of years previously, when thinking about what he might do both to celebrate his planned early retirement from the NFU, and make the most of it. It sprang from a desire to reconnect with his Celtic roots, and from his love of the craggy mountains, desolate moors, beetling cliffs, sweeping beaches and pounding seas which characterise Europe’s western seaboard. It had no serious academic dimension. If the author happened to spot themes that either connected or differentiated between the various Celtic races, then so be it. But he was really much more interested in drinking in the views, playing the odd round of golf on some remote Celtic links, sampling the local beers, catching the occasional wave and generally getting a feel for the places he was visiting.

Illustrated with his own photographs, this book is a wonderful evocation of the special character of Celtic countries, and an inspiring and affectionate story of a private journey of discovery.

Anthony Gibson retired from the NFU in May 2008 after 36 years, mostly spent working in the West Country. He was born in Devon and has lived in the Westcountry throughout his life. Originally intending to make a career in journalism, in his time with the NFU he has helped steer the farming community through the two biggest crises of recent times - BSE in the mid 1990s and the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001. He has written various newspaper columns over the years and is currently a columnist with the Western Morning News. Besides his various roles with the NFU, he has also been an occasional cricket scorer and commentator for BBC radio. He is married to Claire, his second wife, and has three children from his first marriage.

Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 14 8, paperback, 210x148mm, 96 pages. Published June 2009.

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