I came across this book in a local library recently and found myself laughing out loud in bed. It begins thus: “Health warning: this is not the ideal book for experienced walkers who might have already reached Everest’s base camp, nor is it for the experienced slimmers who know their way around a good detox… What it is I hope is a kind of modern Canterbury Tales. Am I the Wife of Bath? I’m afraid not. I can only boast of having 2 husbands, not 5, but I can empathise with the Wife of Bath’s philosophy. When the going gets tough (or in my case, tough and I start to lose sight of my toes) taking to the road is no bad solution. I fell into my modern day pilgrimage by accident… Surprisingly enough, despite being knackered a lot of the 700ks, I did emerge 5 weeks later, 2 stone lighter, more content and with a great tan… The contentment partly due to the fact that I could fit into my bikini and a silk Bellino top, which had both been hiding for 10 years in the bottom of my knickers drawer in anticipation of a second coming…”
Palmer divides each chapter into four enticing parts Le Chemin (The Way); Le regime (The diet); Le plaisir (Hedonistic pleasures) and La Vie (Personal tales). Check out her many ways to enjoy the humble sardine!