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A Long Way for a Pizza

Author and journalist Brian Mooney returns to Italy, the country where some 30 years earlier he reported on the deaths and elections of two Popes, and the kidnap and murder of its former Prime Minister, Aldo Moro. He travels on foot, setting out from his home in Essex, and going via London so that he can walk from St Paul 's Cathedral to St Peter 's Basilica. His journey is for enjoyment, but is also a quest to find out what kind of a pilgrim he is; Hilaire Belloc 's classic, "The Path to Rome," helps him come up with some surprising answers. Belloc 's and Mooney 's journeys could not be more different. Belloc, pilgrim staff in hand, set out in the early 20th century to celebrate Christianity; Mooney, with Visa card, BlackBerry and St Luke 's Gospel in his rucksack, journeys through a much changed secular Europe."A Long Way for a Pizza" is a picaresque and at times provocative narrative of a 1,300 mile walk through France, across the Jura and Alps and down Italy, and a cheerful account of the people Mooney meets and places he visits.
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Table of Contents

1 Out of Essex 2 London 3 Down to Kent 4 Pas de Calais 5 Picardy 6 Champagne 7 Burgundy 8 Jura 9 Alps 10 Val D'Aosta 11 Lombardy 12 Apennines 13 Northern Tuscany 14 Siena & Val D'Orcia 15 Lazio & Rome 16 Envoi Appendix

About the Author

Brian Mooney is a prize-winning international journalist and author. He spent 30 years at Reuters reporting from more than 50 countries, and he was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and won an American Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of Poland during the Solidarity Revolution. He is Common Councilman in the City of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


"The author excels in not saying too much - his spiritual outlook is present only implicitly. There is plenty of humour to go with the unstated physical fortitude of getting up each dawn for two and a half months and finishing each day's allotted miles." Christopher Howse The Daily Telegraph "Brian Mooney dispels any notions that walking across Europe to Rome is a penitential exercise. Endlessly cheerful and enthusiastic, his book is distinguished, too, by an infectious passion for history, nature and other people." Michael Jacobs Travel writer and art historian. "Brian Mooney walked to Rome so that we don't have to. A Long Way for a Pizza is the beguiling record of a trek which we can enjoy from the comfort of our arm chairs." Matthew Fort Newspaper columnist and TV food critic "...classic pilgrimage - embracing modern technology - (this) book details the memorable moments of his trek." Matthew Porter Braintree and Witham Times

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