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Walk This Way

500 Miles. 1 Rucksack. No Clue.

The Way is a pilgrim trail that runs 500 miles west from the French foothills of the Pyrenees. Duncan takes with him a rucksack of largely useless items.


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500 miles.
1 Rucksack.
No clue.

Following an unexpected discovery during a bout of lockdown-inspired spring cleaning, Duncan McNamara, soon to turn 30, leaves a distinctly average academic career for the Camino de Santiago, an ancient and dangerous trail of 500 miles across Spain’s Pyrenees Mountains.

He carries only a rucksack of largely useless items, and while not particularly religious, begins to count himself among the saints, sinners and scholars who have hiked the scrubland before him. His sole purpose, like theirs, is to reach the end and kneel before a Saint.

Absurd, sensual and deeply poignant, the world of “The Way” provides a fascinatingly personal series of incidents to match Duncan’s idiosyncratic path. Readers, who have no idea what they’re getting themselves into, will find themselves cheering for this first-person adventure filled with unlikely detours.

Chapter 0: Death Becomes Him

Chapter 1: Ways and Means

Chapter 2: Any Which Way

Chapter 3: The Parting Glass

Chapter 4: Last of the Summer Whine

Chapter 5: On Your Marks

Chapter 6: Don’t STOP Walking

Chapter 7: Mind Your Language

Chapter 8: Lost or Stolen

Chapter 9: Footloose

Chapter 10: A Fool and His Money

Chapter 11: Fear and Loathing in Los Arcos

Chapter 12: Soul’d Short

Chapter 13: Poultry in Motion

Chapter 14: Hotel My WiFi Love Her

Chapter 15: A Long and Winding Road

Chapter 16: Meseta or Bust

Chapter 17: I’m (not) Lovin’ It

Chapter 18: May the Road Rise to Meet You

Chapter 19: Don’t Fear the Reaper

Chapter 20: Bird of a Feather

Chapter 21: Chariots of Dire

Chapter 22: My Only Friend, the End

Chapter 23: The Way Forward


Author: Duncan McNamara

ISBN: 978-1-909394-89-6 (pbk)

ISBN: 978-1-915316-26-4 (ebk)

Street date: 7 Sep 2023

Category: Travel, Adventure, Memoir

Size: 216mm x 140mm

Pages: 200pp (TBC)

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Duncan McNamara

Growing up in Manchester, Duncan McNamara graduated from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth with non-flying colours. He found gainful employment in video editing then project management. WALK THIS WAY is his first book. When not putting one foot in front of the other, he enjoys hurling and playing the tin whistle, but is most often found watching movies with his two girls.