Towards Compostela: Walking the Camino de Santiago

Catharina van Bohemen

$38.00

One day Catharina van Bohemen left her Auckland home to fly to Spain and walk the Camino de Santiago. Her journal was the most important thing she carried.

With drawings by Gregory O’Brien.

This book will be available on 10 December 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-98-859532-0 Categories: , , Tags: , , , ,

About the book

Pilgrims to Compostela simply start walking; they stay in refugios and carry a passport or Credencial del Peregrino that is stamped along the Way.

Walking is physical and it reminds you of yourself in the world – you hear your breath and the scrape of your boots on the track; the straps bite your shoulders; you feel and hear your heart beat. You can move as fast as only you can move, and what you see while walking becomes infused with what you remember.

One day Catharina van Bohemen left her Auckland home to fly to Spain and walk the Camino de Santiago. Her journal was the most important thing she carried.

With great skill Catharina blends personal memoir – particularly influential childhood experiences and the importance of family – travel writing, and spirituality, both observed and her own. She also has a fine ear and eye for the absurd and Towards Compostela is studded with comic descriptions of pilgrims she met as she walked the route. Her writing is singular, questing and surprising in all the best ways. — Kate De Goldi

About the author

Catharina van Bohemen is a teacher, writer and reviewer. She read Pride and Prejudice for the first time when she was fourteen and has been reading Jane Austen’s work ever since, publishing two essays about Austen as chapbooks: Letter to Susan and Sister. She has written a children’s story, a libretto for children’s opera The Tale of the Bird Catcher, and her essays have been published in the Annual. She is a regular contributor to ArtZone and has been included in various writing projects and anthologies. Brought up in Havelock North by a Dutch father and an English mother, she lives in Auckland. Towards Compostela is her first fully fledged book.

Specifications

Dimensions: 150 x 205 mm
Number of pages: 252
Binding: soft cover with flaps