This is neither a conventional memoir nor a conventional ‘travel book’: like
Patrick Leigh Fermor’s masterpieces of autobiography, it evokes a landscape
that is both interior and exterior, journeys in understanding and enlarged
imagination, with vivid depictions of remembered and shared delights across
the world. It is a deeply satisfying book, moving and celebratory. Like Charles
Moseley’s other books, it is the work of a supremely good companion - Bishop Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and
former Archbishop of Canterbury
Charles Moseley has written a beautiful and tender memoir. Its apparently
serendipitous sweep through diverse geographies, cultural histories and
memories of his own travels (personal and professional), settles effortlessly into a thoughtful reflection on issues both pertinent and pressing. The kindness of people, the hopelessness of war, the tyranny of political determinism and the inspiration provided by walking and learning provide a uniting set of themes, woven into a very human story of a life lived for scholarship, curiosity, and love. - Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and formerly Director of National Trust
Wonderful - Piers Plowright, formerly producer at the BBC
… this profoundly thoughtful and beautiful piece of writing. Your generosity of empathy and spirit is astonishing – and I am impressed by the breadth of your knowledge and understanding of the many Germanies… Wonderful how you weave in your special medievalist's viewpoint, and knowledge, and the personal story at the heart of it all seems to me perfectly judged, without hyperbole or sentimentality, just clear-sighted and moving. - Nicholas Boyle. FBA, Biographer of Goethe and formerly Schroder Professor of German, Cambridge
Just to say that this afternoon, feeling somewhat dispirited, I opened Hungry Heart Roaming again and , dipping and sipping, found myself warmed and cheered by the writing, and by a sense of the dear mind behind the writing. - Eamon Duffy. FBA, Professor of the History of Christianity, Cambridge, author of The Stripping of the Altars
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