Walking With Houyhnhnms

Walking With Houyhnhnms

By: D. A. Murray (author)Paperback

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"Walking with Houyhnhnms", published in 2017, is a true adventure story along the Roman Military Way, in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall. Follow the exploits, often humorous, of three previously free-living ponies - Roamer, Thorn and Solo. After enduring pack-animal training, they share an epic, once-in-a-lifetime quest, coast to coast, westwards. Discover the unique emotional connection, bonding and interdependency that is possible between houyhnhnm and human. As Solo says, "It was a momentous time." Targeted at a 15+ and general adult audience, the 400-page, 114,000-word, largely present-tense narrative transcends faction: this factually accurate travelogue diary, told in a unique fictional style, is a story of friendship, mutual reliance, perseverance and survival. The author - with contributions from more than 100 schoolchildren met en route and from 12 teenage artists - describes, through the senses of non-human, philosopher companions, an expedition of illumination not attempted previously in the modern era. Explore informally, during rendezvous with experts, inspiring geographical, historical and archaeological facets of changing landscapes partially shaped by the ancestors of modern-day native houyhnhnms. Understand why Britain's remaining virtually wild equine herds are facing imminent extinction in their semi-natural habitats and how we might protect them. Should we redefine the term "biodiversity" in recognition of a view that places humans at the periphery of world ecosystems? As your journey continues, you may sense a new meaning to our relationship with wild and virtually wild species. "One day," insists Roamer, "you might enjoy walking with houyhnhnms." Copyright D A Murray 2018


(1) Introduction (2) Suddenly training for a grand expedition (3) The meeting of three ponies (4) Sea and city traffic: stranded in the dark (5) A broken gate, dangerous roads and children (6) The River Tyne: a forced detour and a long climb (7) A missing boot and stuck on the Military Way (8) Attempted escape (9) Panic and gales (10) Another lost harness and a raging river (11) Marsh and rocks (12) Steep hills, bogs and a successful escape (13) Crossing the Irthing (14) Baskets, barding and a quarry: the re-enactment (15) Waterlogged ground, frightened cows and a blown-away tent (16) Families, donkeys, busy roads and another school (17) Obstacles along the Eden (18) Inquisitive cattle, kissing gates and a strange fence (19) A ford, more mini-humans and knee-deep mud (20) The last school: Wall's end (21) Freezing fog, fireworks, birds but no water (22) A frozen tent, seaweed and more fog (23) The final trek and then homeward bound (24) Veterinary check-up: a long rest (25) Revisiting (26) Reunion before the final parting (27) Epilogue: reflections

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  • ISBN13: 9780995582408
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 410
  • ID: 9780995582408
  • ISBN10: 0995582408

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