‘Thinking On My Feet’ is the most recent offering from author, presenter, journalist and naturalist Kate Humble.
Like many, I grew up watching Kate and her co-host Ben Fogle hosting ‘Animal Park’, as well as some of her later works such as ‘Springwatch’ and ‘Autumnwatch’.
Although I’ve not read any of her other books, when I spotted her newest I just had to pick it up. Not just because of it’s gorgeous cover. You see I love to walk and the idea of reading about her everyday walking adventures – spanning Wales, India and many other wonderful places – appealed to me. This was one of the easiest books that I’ve ever read.
I’ve always found Kate to be a delight – she’s opinionated, strong and likes to do things her own way. That and she has one of the most stunning smiles – so it’s hard not to like her.
Kate has a lively and detailed writing style, bringing the landscape around her really to life. The manner in which she talks about different sunsets and sunrises, about the changing of the seasons (into which the book is separated) and about the different relationships she forges and nurtures over the year the book is set is a delight. You feel as if you’re with her, face burning in the wind as she walks the coastline with her husband Ludo and their dogs.
It’s a strangely confrontational book – against time, Kate’s own insecurities about health and aging and what a short amount of time things can sometimes last. Her own hard stance against Christmas in particular was a thought provoker and her admittance that she’s never wanted children is a powerful and assured stance of someone who is determined to live their life to the fullest.
‘Thinking On My Feet’ celebrates the magic of just walking, wandering, rambling, getting lost, losing your way, finding new paths and discovering new wonders. All the while you feel like you’re with Kate every step of the way; her descriptive voice is vivid and you can hear, smell and see every part of the countryside, desert and town around her.
Although this book possibly won’t make you take drastic steps to reevaluate your entire life, it can definitely get you thinking about just what you could be missing out on right outside your front door. It also makes you consider what challenges you could overcome (whether its a short walk every day, attempting to go for a run or even writing THAT email).
I don’t particularly like to rate books, film or music because I feel that rating is very personal and opens a lot of flood gates because people can be very prone to disagreeing with you.
But I’m going to start doing it, because this is my space. I’m going to give ‘Thinking On My Feet’ by Kate Humble 4 out of 5. It was enjoyable and I’ll definitely go back to it again.
Thank you for reading everyone and if anyone who knows me personally would like to borrow this book, let me know as you’re more than welcome. If you’d like to buy it, you can find it at your local bookstores on amazon or waterstones.