The Man Who Broke Out of the Bank and Went for a Walk across France (Paperback)
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Witty and beguiling, this Sunday Times bestselling memoir chronicles the hilarious and inspirational adventures of a man who escaped a career in finance to walk across France.
After twenty-two years spent "shouting down a phone," Miles Morland gave up his highly paid city job and walked across France with his wife. With no plans for the future, and accustomed to walking no further than the distance between a restaurant and a waiting taxi, they set off to walk from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, through the foothills of the Pyrenees.
The Man Who Broke Out of the Bank is an enormously entertaining account of the pleasures and frequent agonies of walking twenty miles a day in search of a long lunch in the shade of a plane tree. Looking back with relief and hilarity on the life he has escaped, Miles Morland wonders whether his recent remarriage to Guislaine will survive the abrupt change of lifestyle and a 350-mile walk . . .
Many people dream of doing what Miles Morland did. His book, first published by Bloomsbury in 1992, shows not only that it is possible but that the rewards can be immeasurable.
About the Author
Miles Morland was born in India and grew up all over the world. He overcame a conventional background to lead a life of often absurd adventure. First published in 1992, The Man Who Broke Out of the Bank was a Sunday Times bestseller. In 2015 Bloomsbury published Cobra in the Bath, a memoir of Miles' subsequent far-flung travels. Miles currently lives on a boat in London.
"Hugely enjoyable." —Sunday Express
"Better than Peter Mayle . . . extremely funny." —Financial Times
"This is the very opposite of a misery memoir. A merriment memoir, maybe? Whatever we call it there should be more of them . . . A delightful book, sunny, non-judgmental and as cheering as a long lunch in good company on a warm summer’s day." —Daily Mail on COBRA IN THE BATH
"An outrageously beguiling voyage through life--full of empire, ecstasy, humour and sadness. His wanderlust embraces some worlds I’ve visited as a reporter, but have never captured as he has." —Jon Snow on COBRA IN THE BATH
"He has a fund of good stories, and tells them well." —Daily Telegraph on COBRA IN THE BATH
"Easy Rider in a pinstripe suit, Miles Morland delivers a breathtaking roller-coaster of an adrenaline-fuelled life story--I was with him every inch of the way!" —Elisabeth Luard on COBRA IN THE BATH
"Dangerous and hilarious." —Vogue on COBRA IN THE BATH