Christopher Somerville has had some 40 books published – travel guides, books of walks, personal travel accounts, and collections of poems – and several thousand articles in the broadsheets, tabloids and many magazines. Early in 2009 his long-running walking column moved from the Daily Telegraph to the Times – he now contributes ‘A Good Walk’ weekly to the Saturday Times.
A theme that runs through his work is exploration of the countryside on foot and at slow pace, sometimes abroad (Crete and Ireland are particular favourites), more often within the UK, with an emphasis on obscure, remote and disregarded places. The coasts of these islands are a particular favourite. His walks in the Daily Telegraph, Times, Irish Independent and Saga Magazine have been read by millions and followed by thousands. His most recent books are The January Man – a Year of Walking Britain (Doubleday) , which was shortlisted for the 2017 Wainwright Prize, and The Times Britain’s Best Walks (Harper Collins). Christopher enjoys walking, singing, talking, listening, laughing, writing poems and playing the melodeon. He lives in Bristol.