Journey Through Britain £9.99

By David St John Thomas

Published by Frances Lincoln Publishers

4 Torriano Mews, Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RZ

Reviewers have delighted in this lengthy upbeat portrait of Britain divided into 37 weighty chapters, area by area, so allowing the reader to dip in and out. Most tend to become so engaged, they stick with the author throughout as he explores the varied landscape and coasts and meets people, all manner of people, from all walks of life.

They share their tales and opinions and, when literature and history is included in the mix, the author discovers the true heartbeat of the country reflected in the people, organisations, books, art galleries, canals, bus services, boats, the National Cycle Network in which he delights, mountains and moors.

? I love our country in all its diversity, and relish the fact that is survival is more assured than at any other time in living memory,? says David St John Thomas in the postcript.