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The Man Who Hated Walking


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Overend Watts: From 1969 to 1979 recorded and toured extensively with Mott the Hoople, Mott, and British Lions before shunning the limelight and turning his hand to record producing, gentlemen's hairdressing (briefly!), and dealing in antiques. At this point, however, most of his spare time was spent in the pursuit of large carp and he became a well-known figure on the gravel pits around the London area, where he always used luminous pink carp rods, so his mates and the carp, could locate him easily!After a few years of doing the antique fairs and auctions he concentrated on recycling and painting furniture and restoring antiques before opening a large "retro" department store in Hereford which proved popular with customers from all over Great Britain and abroad too, with it's specialist clothing, unusual antiquities, instruments and rare music.After leaving the retro store in February 2003, by way a of a change, Overend then aged 55 and The Man Who Hated Walking, attempted the SW Coast Path National Trail - the greatest challenge of his life - all 650 miles of it. Or in Overend's case, more like 680 miles as he frequently got lost over the two months it took him to achieve this incredible feat of endurance.


A laugh-out-loud, riveting documentation. Watts' conversational tone and vivid descriptive narratives peppered with hysterical vernacular affords the reader the feeling that they are indeed walking with the author every step of the way, through his agonizing spells of foot and back pain, numerous bouts of self-doubt and his moods of terror and triumph. Tom Semioli, The Huffington Post

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