Welcome to Diagonal Walking
Welcome to the website for Diagonal Walking, a fresh approach to both long distance trails and the writing of travel books. I’m Nick Corble, and I recently walked a line slicing through the heart of England. On this site you'll be able to discover much more about why I did the walk and where I went, as well as blog posts on not only the walk, but also the parallel process of writing my book Diagonal Walking: Slicing Through The Heart of England. Through this site you can follow every step as I prepared and walked the route, wrote it up and then underwent the various steps involved in editing and publishing the book. Throughout I was keen to get as many people as possible involved to 'Walk With Me', either in person or virtually through the various channels opposite.
Don't just take my word for it ...
Here's what Lois Pryce, author of the bestseller 'Revolutionary Ride' had to say about it:
"Nick Corble takes us on an unusual walking route through England,
and provides the reader with a thoroughly readable, insightful and original
take on the state of the nation. A book that will go some
way to helping us understand these troubled times."
Plus here's some early reviews of the book ...
Amazon 5 Star Reviewer
"For anyone wanting a snapshot of England in these uncertain times look no further ... beautifully observed with a sharp wit and a gently enquiring intellect."
Marie Jowett, NetGalley Reviewer
5 Stars. Inspired me to book a UK holiday this year. Easy reading, you can dip in and dip out. Fascinating to read the dialogue with the people he meets along the way.
5 star Amazon reviewer
"Well written and entertaining account of the author’s long walk across England - I found this book very interesting and enjoyed Corble’s sense of humour and his discussion of the encounters he had on his journey. It represents a unique snapshot of England in 2018 as well as giving an insight into a variety of attitudes towards Brexit. A thoroughly absorbing read."
5 Star Amazon Reviwer
"A thoroughly enjoyable journey through the middle of Middle England. More Nicholas Crane than Bill Bryson, this book was a really good read."
Lindsey Crockett, NetGalley Reviewer
"I liked the way this one is written. It kept me engaged and totally interested in England and the way things are going there."
5 Star Amazon Reviewer
"A wonderful read ... for lovers of travel books ... this is a great addition to the genre."
Lowkey Bookish Instagram Reviewer
"I love that this author fully embraced social media to get the word out about his journey. I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through the Instagram feed as I read along. I recommend this book to people who like travel writing or stories in the style of Bill Bryson or Terry Darlington."
Abby Silverman, NetGalley Reviewer
"A really enjoyable travel book ... fascinating and engaging ... in the grand tradition of Bill Bryson.
George Heard, NetGalley and Amazon Reviewer
"Nick Corble is genial and humorous guide and there are many amusing stories ... I thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope that Nick will consider further journeys of exploration in the future."
I published my first book Walking on Water in 2000, describing a trip down the canal system on the eve of the millennium. Since then, I've written over a hundred articles for the national and regional press. Titles I've written for range from The Times to Practical Motorhome. I’ve also written twenty plus books covering canals, fairgrounds, biography, fiction and, importantly, walking. I’ve also been a guest on various BBC TV and radio programmes.