The natural crossing point for man and animal, cols and passes are steeped in history and loved across Europe, but almost entirely ignored and unnamed on British maps. A nation of peak-baggers rather than col-walkers, the British have traditionally overlooked these magical places. A keen cyclist, Robb has personally crossed most of the cols described in the book, bringing to light a realm of trials and adventures for which every fold of the landscape contains an untold tale and reveals a new way of looking at our history. Graham’s talk will enthral keen cyclists, walkers and climbers, and fans of unusual maps and topography.
Graham Robb is an acclaimed historian and biographer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has won the Whitbread Biography Prize and the Heinemann Award for Victor Hugo, as well as the Ondaatje Prize and Duff Cooper Prize for The Discovery of France. He lives on the English-Scottish border (and within a day’s ride of one hundred and seventy cols).