Watching in disbelief as his computer was struck by lightning in 2007, Harry Bucknall had
no idea that the subsequent trail of events would lead him to Rome – five years later, on foot.
Following the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim path that dates back nearly two thousand years, Harry walks through England,France, Switzerland and Italy weaving a historical tapestry liberally coloured with tales of angels and saints, emperors and kings and war and revolution. He uncovers a little known route that leads him through vineyards and villages, towns and cities and over rivers and mountains to the heart of the Eternal City, Saint Peter's Basilica.
Like A Tramp, Like A Pilgrim is a joyous journey of Elizabethan proportion filled with anecdote,
adventure and mishap as Harry encounters the changing faces of a landscape suffused with
history; yet his journey is perhaps most enriched by the extraordinary stories of those he meets -
fellow pilgrims and locals alike - along the way.
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Harry Bucknall was born in 1965 and brought up
in Dorset. Travel has been an indelible part of his life since
early childhood summers spent exploring the Poole Harbour
archipelago in a Mirror dinghy. Educated at Harrow and the
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he served as a regular
officer in the Coldstream Guards.
As a freelance travel writer, he has contributed to both
the international and national press. Harry's first book, In the
Dolphin's Wake, about his journey from Venice to Istanbul
through the Greek Islands, was published in 2011.
My congratulations to Harry Bucknall. I thoroughly enjoyed Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim. It's a wonderful book. -- Martin Sheen, actor and fellow pilgrim A boisterous, jubilant adventure The Times Harry Bucknall is my sort of pilgrim. This is one of the happiest books I have read for a very long time. I loved it. -- John Julius Norwich A remarkable story from a remarkable man. -- Alan Titchmarsh Bucknall weaves history, religion, travelogue and spirituality into this gently gripping road trip. Definitely recommended. Catholic Herald He is particularly good on things spiritual. -- Mark Palmer The Daily Mail A great book. -- Patrick Leigh Fermor on 'In the Dolphin's Wake' I very much enjoyed it. -- Jan Morris on 'In the Dolphin's Wake' Bucknall is no ordinary pilgrim. He's a maverick on the move...every stage of his tramp to Rome involves meaningful encounters not just with place, but with people...Anecdotes and adventures are depicted in lively detail, the stories of those he meets with genuine empathy. He takes the reader with him every step of the way. -- Amy Sohanpaul Wexas Traveller
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