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The Hike by Don Shaw
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Meet Freddy, Phil and Don - three grumpy retired men determined to keep hiking their beloved Peak District to the bitter end. But each for very different reasons...Phil - a former air-traffic controller and the group's self-appointed leader - is on a mission not to grow old. He believes his combination of obsessive physical exercise and the latest health supplements will hold back time. His constant sparring partner is Freddy - a shambolic slacker who prefers to stroll and smell the flowers. Freddy's eternal mission is to find the meaning of life. Until he does, he takes consolation in outmanoeuvring the vulgar, aspirational world around him with his very own art of 'onedownmanship'. Thankfully they have Don to calm the waters. All Don aska for in return is some peace, tranquillity and perhaps a decent pint when they reach their final destination. What all three share is a withering view of the modern world - a place resounding to the noise of traffic jams and mobile phones. And as they enjoy the peace of their weekly walks, weathering all that the elements and local characters can throw at them, they waste no time in setting that world to rights. Why not join them?

Author Biography

Don Shaw began writing full-time in 1968 and soon became one of Britain's top television writers, with credits including Z-Cars, Dangerfield and Van der Valk. His Wingate trilogy of plays and Bomber Harris both won BAFTAs. He has also written a number of film screenplays. Don has made many TV appearances, discussing a variety of topics ranging from the Carl Bridgewater murder, the IRA and the Falklands War to the 'Keep Brian Clough at Derby' campaign which he led in 1973. He is still a regular guest on BBC Radio Derby. As well as hiking, Don still finds time to run three miles a day, and his other
Release date NZ
May 7th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Ebury Press
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