Return Journey - Fred NoonanLewes: The Book Guild, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.
From the cover: “On 20th May 1991 an unfit, middle-aged couple set out from the bleak peninsula of Dunnet Head, in the teeth of seventy mile and hour winds that forced them to ‘sit down as traffic approached’. Their goal? To walk from the northernmost point of Britain to southernmost Lizard’s Point, taking in John O’Groats and Land’s End en route. But what distinguishes the Return Journey of Fred and Joan Noonan — who had already walked the other way — were the specific and striking handicaps they faced. Joan didn’t actually like walking while Fred suffered from a rare neurological brain disorder. It was not a mere question of 1,067 miles of tarmac, but of walking a tightrope across a seemingly interminable abyss of cramp and searing pain. This travel tale, both guide and odyssey, begins with a rash pledge, a commitment made in the heat of the moment, but as the couple press on towards middle and southern England and into Cornwall it also becomes a tale of triumph over adversity. Told with unfailing humour, with an unflagging zest for adventure and a sharp eye for the quirky detail, it will appeal as much to the armchair traveller as to those doughty souls already planning to follow in the Noonans’ path.”