Rambling, umpiring and golfing in North Yorkshire
In the fall of 2016, journalist and documentary filmmaker Robin Benger felt the overwhelming resolve to pack in a forty year career based in Toronto, during which he covered events in some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots, and move into a caravan he bought with his wife in North Yorkshire.
A neighbour gave them three small booklets describing about fifty walks, and, finding himself surrounded by the moors to the north, the wolds to the east, the dales to the west, and the Howardian Hills all around, Robin was immediately intoxicated by the beauty, the farmlands, the sheep, the cows, the streams, the birds, and the pathways themselves with their kissing gates and winding ways. And the people he met.
This book is his journal as he stopped, stopping time and stopping life to walk, dream and look around.
It’s also about a summer umpiring for a nearby village team The Sherriff Hutton 2nd XI, and playing golf mostly at the club he joined on Scarborough South Cliff.
“Not since Bill Bryson has this muddy isle been framed with such wit, tenderness and insight. A fabulous debut that will take you far from the shrill bubble of London to where the heart of Britain still beats – loud, proud and just a little bit cranky.”
Tim Butcher - journalist, broadcaster and author
Paperback, 262 pages, RRP £9.99
Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2017