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Move Along, Please

At 9.37am on a Wednesday morning in September, Mark Mason boards the number 21 bus at Land s End in Cornwall. The bus travels through various villages, picking up shoppers. One of them, a woman in her sixties, tells her friend that last night she watched Wine and Dine on Channel Four. The programme, her friend corrects her, is actually called Come to Dine . At 11.03am the bus arrives at its destination, Penzance, where everyone disembarks to go about their business. Everyone, that is, except Mason. He crosses to the other side of the bus station, and 17 minutes later catches the number 83 to St Ives. By tonight he will be in Redruth, home (he learns over dinner in a local pub) to Britain s first lift, installed in 1842 to save copper miners an hour s climb. The day has seen Mason complete the first five of the 78 local bus rides that will, over the next fortnight, carry him all the way to John O Groats in Scotland. Move Along Please is his account of the 1200-mile journey, during which he realises that your home country is often the one you know least. Combining the same mix of observation and trivia with which his Walk the Lines captured London, Mason creates a
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From Land's End to John O'Groats by local bus

About the Author

Born in the Midlands in 1971, Mark Mason moved to London when he was 20. Over the next 13 years he sold Christmas cards in Harrods, made radio programmes for the BBC and busked outside Eric Clapton gigs at the Royal Albert Hall. He also published three novels, several books of fiction, and wrote for publications as diverse as The Spectator and Four Four Two. He continues to do some of these things, though he has now defected to Suffolk, where he lives with his partner and son.


"This book should be on the National Curriculum." * Iain Lee, BBC London * "Amazing." * BBC Radio 5 Live * "A good source of factoids, I'm thinking." * Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2 * "The facts just spill out over the pages - so much you can learn." * BBC 6 Radio Music *

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