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Charging Around: Exploring the Edges of England by Electric Car (Paperback)

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‘ A delightful, original, amusing tour of some of the UK’ s less explored places’ – Chris Mullin

Having crossed a continent by train and sailed around the world by container ship, Clive Wilkinson has always had a penchant for slow travel. As his eightieth birthday approaches, he and his wife Joan set out on a new expedition: to tour the edges of England by electric car. How hard could that be?

Given the parlous state of the country’ s charge-point infrastructure back in 2018, the answer turns out to be ‘ very’ . In a 1,900-mile odyssey through fading seaside towns, rainswept hilltop passes and England’ s only desert, each day’ s driving for these unlikely pioneers is overshadowed by a cloud of apprehension. Will they make it to the next charge point? Will it be in working order? Will someone else be using it?

You could only undertake such a trip with a calm temperament and robust sense of humour. Fortunately Clive has both. With a relentless curiosity for history, geography and, above all, people, he and Joan explore the reality of life on England’ s periphery – the ‘ left behind’ areas that, by voting for Brexit, changed the course of British history – making new friends with every mile

About the Author

Clive Wilkinson trained as a religious studies teacher and taught at a mission school in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), an experience that radically changed his thinking about religion and politics. He read geography at Newcastle University, undertaking doctoral research on human migration in Lesotho. He trained geography teachers and environmental studies specialists. After retirement he researched youth homelessness in Northhumberland. He also indulged his love of slow travel crossing continents by train, oceans by container ship, and driving around England via electric car. No flying allowed.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781785633454
ISBN-10: 1785633457
Publisher: Eye Books
Publication Date: April 6th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English