There is not a lot of information about our chosen route, but plenty on the popular, longer Camino Francés.
A few we have enjoyed, that augment the anticipation of this trip, have included:
A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Reckless and Hopeful – Gideon Lewis-Kravs USA (Partly about the French Camino, but also The 88-shrine pilgrimage in Japan and a Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman in the Ukraine)
The Year We Seized the Day – Colin Falconer and Elizabeth Best Australia (Two very different personalities relate their French Camino experience in alternate voices).
My Husband Made Me Do It – Margaret Wilson Australia (French Camino again, but a light-hearted and honest account)
Sinning Across Spain – Ailsa Piper Australia (Yes, sinning not singing), across the longest Camino route of all – the little-known 1200km Camino Mozarabe from Granada. My favourite to date – beautifully written, honest and with flashbacks to her earlier walk on the Francés.
Added 23 March 2016
Walking the Camino: a modern pilgrimage to Santiago – Tony Kevin Australia (More academic than the other titles, Tony Kevin contextualises his personal journey along the Camino Mozarabe with fascinating insights into Spanish medieval and modern history. A lot has changed economically in Spain since this was written, but this book remains well worth reading).
We will add other titles as we read, but comments are welcome too.
Update, November 2017
Further titles have been suggested on the various Facebook Camino groups. I have not yet read these so there are no annotations at this stage.
- All the Good Pilgrims – Robert Ward
- The Art of Pilgrimage – Phil Cousineau
- Boots to Bliss – Claude Tranchant
- To the Field of Stars – Kevin Codd
- Food Lovers Pilgrimage Along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela – Dee Nolan
- A Journey of Days – Guy Thatcher
- A Million Steps – Kurt Koontz
- A Slow Walk Across Spain – Karen Manwaring
- Strangers on the Camino –
- Two Steps Forward – Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist
- Walking Back Home – Margaret Caffyn
- The Way is a River of Stars: A Buddhist’s Journey – Helen Burns
- The Way, My Way – Bill Bennett
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My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing – Aldous Huxley