Who is this book for? How does it differ from the original book? How big is it? So many questions!
First the jacket blurb, then my take on the book:
‘Starting with a simple question – ‘Which way am I looking?’ – Tristan Gooley blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the rare and ancient art of finding your way using nature’s own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to the look of the moon.
With Tristan’s help, you’ll learn why some trees grow the way they do and how they can help you find your way in the countryside. You’ll discover how it’s possible to find North simply by looking at a puddle and how natural signs can be used to navigate on the open ocean and in the heart of the city. Wonderfully detailed and full of fascinating stories, this is a glorious exploration of a rediscovered art.
The Natural Navigator Pocket Guide is a user-friendly, practical book and the beautiful illustrations are a useful tool to help travellers on their instrument-free journey.’
The following is my take on the book, not my publisher’s, so here goes:
You may have noticed that the blurb for the Pocket Guide is very similar to the blurb for the original book and this is no coincidence. The first and most important thing to say is that the Pocket Guide is an abridged edition of the original book. It contains the same text, albeit cut down to less than half the length. It does have original material in it, however, in the form of twenty new illustrations.
The next thing I think I need to make clear is that it is a Pocket Guide in the sense that it is more compact than the original, but it is still a hardback and a fairly generous size (19.8 x 13 x 2.2 cm to be precise), so it would require an ample pocket as a home. This is still more of a book to be enjoyed indoors (in hardback format at least), with the new knowledge taken outdoors with you, rather than the book itself.
Who is the Pocket Guide for?
If you or someone you know has a definite interest in the subject of natural navigation then don’t go for the Pocket Guide, go for the original Natural Navigator book. If, however, you have a passing curiosity or are buying a book for someone who you think may find the subject interesting, but you’re not certain, then the Pocket Guide is a great option.
The Pocket Guide makes a perfect gift as it really is an attractive book and gives an accessible introduction to the subject in a beautifully designed package. Natural navigation is about using our senses and I’m delighted to be able to say that everybody coos when they see, touch and feel the cover. There is no harm in sniffing the pages either.
I have included Amazon links above, but please do support your local bookshop if they have been broad-minded and sage enough to stock the Pocket Guide!