Book review: Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel

At the age of 23, Andrew Forsthoefel decided to slow his life down and dramatically.

Monday, 17th July 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:32 am
Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel

He headed out of the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania with a backpack, audio recorder, copies of Whitman and Rilke and a sign which read: "Walking to Listen.''

Having just graduated from college, he decided the best way to grow up, was to take a cross-country quest for guidance. He faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer and met beasts inside himself, from fear to loneliness and doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers, with thousands sharing their stories with Andrew.

It's a clever and deep book which concluded that listening is the way forward.

Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel, £18.99, www.bloomsbury.com