What distinguishes Mark Charlton is an absolute honesty allied to reflective wisdom and a fresh, alert eye. He entertains, yes, and makes us laugh (or at the very least smile ruefully). But beyond that, he reminds us of what it is to be both fully and compassionately human whilst remaining rooted in the world of nature. These refelctions are a treat not to be missed. And more than that, they’re a liberal education. They quietly, modestly, enhance our understanding of the world we inhabit in its every aspect.’
Heartfelt, tender and deeply moving, COUNTING STEPS is a book to savour, to dip into and dwell upon, yet so full of beauty, of soaring kestrels, crystal clear streams and the gift of life that I could hardly put it down, devouring it from cover-to-cover in two joy-filled sittings… a real achievement.
Described as an astonished journey into fatherhood, this outstanding debut collection of creative non-fiction is rooted in landscape and has strong connections with the author’s childhood and fractured relationships with his parents, as well as to present parenting and how a sense of land and what land might mean are communicated across generations.