An entertaining and insightful manifesto for putting one foot in front of the other, A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros has been receiving wide-reaching and admiring coverage.
In an extensive interview with Carole Cadwalladr in the Observer, Gros talks of his philosophy and his conception of walking as a form of "life scoured bare"; as a way of "experiencing the real".
Gros explains how he first noticed how many great philosophers were also great walkers. "That is, it was not just that walking was a distraction from their work. It was that walking was really their element. It was the condition of their work."
The piece calls A Philosophy of Walking "a passionate affirmation of the simple life, and joy in simple things. And it's beautifully written: clear, simple, precise; the opposite of most academic writing."
Visit the Observer to read the interview in full.