A couple of months ago I picked up the book “The Last Englishman” by Keith Foskett (Trail name: Fozzie). I actually downloaded it to my Kindle rather than buying the actual book. Then, after finishing up the book I was currently reading, I got started on “The Last Englishman” and having now finished it, have got to say that it was a very fun read for me. I fully enjoyed it from “cover-to-cover.”
I was attracted to the book for a few reasons. First off, over the last couple of months, I had come across Keith’s blog a couple of times. (I remember at one point he was giving away one of the famed Trail Designs Caldera Cones.) Another reason is because I had been reading a few other PCT thru hiking books, and had been growing more and more interested in the PCT… and it just so happens that this book is Fozzie’s PCT thru hike account. So why not?
Now I will admit, my reading style is not quite what it used to be. It used to be nothing for me to easily read a book like this in a day or 2, however, I have more things going now, so I usually read either a few pages, or a few chapters (depending on how sleepy I am) on occasional nights before laying down for bed. It took me about a month and a half to read this book, but each night as I was laying there reading it, I loved it. It was great and I found myself eager to press the “next page” button on my Kindle, wondering what was to come next! However, laying there in the dark, late and tired, sleep eventually won out… so I would eventually turn my headlamp off and lay my Kindle aside… until the next night.
I will also admit, on one occasion, I actually found myself dreaming about the stories that Fozzie had told about in his book. On a recent hike, laying in my tent, listening to the rain hit the canopy I was having a hard time falling asleep. This was a good thing since I was able to read more, but I knew that I needed to get some sleep. So, I decided to take a Tylenol PM… about 45 minutes later I was out, but in my dream, I was in 2 of the stories from Fozzie’s book… at one point, there was a bear involved, and at another point, I was in a torn to pieces tent in the middle of a rain storm… Let me just say that when I woke up… well, I wasn’t sure what the hell was going on! Haha…
Anyway, as I said, I really enjoyed reading about Fozzie’s adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail. In my opinion, he did a wonderful job at telling his story. The way he describes his hike allowed me to vividly imagine what was going on, and his surroundings… and once you read the book, you will see that a number of those scenes are a bit lively! As well, I really enjoyed the more typical “thru-hiking” aspect of the book. I quite enjoy reading books on peoples’ thru hikes, but I will also admit, some are much better than others. In my honest opinion, I thought Fozzie’s telling was one of the better ones that I have read.
So, I definitely recommend others to go and pick up his book and give it a read. Right now you can get it as a Kindle download for only $4.99 (which is what I paid for it).
It looks like the actual books are out of stock for the moment, and I’m not sure if, or when, those will be back in stock. For those of you that prefer to have an actual book, you can pick that up here for $16. (I need to place an order for the book; despite the Kindle, I still love having an actual copy in hand…)
Although, this weekend (May 4th & 5th), Fozzie has agreed to make his book “The Last Englishman” available for free as a Kindle download! (Also, keep in mind, even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download the Kindle app on your PC, Mac or smart phone and still have access to all the same features as someone with an actual Kindle.) Here is the link to his recent write-up on his blog with all the details:
Be sure to check out the link directly above for the times that the book will be available for free download on those days, keeping the time zones in mind. As well, the download will be made available on Amazon.
Also, in closing, I would like to say that after reading “The Last Englishman” I then decided to pick up Keith’s first book, “The Journey in Between” which covers his El Camino de Santiago hike. I have not started on it yet as I am reading another book (about an AT thru hiker), but it is most definitely next in line. As well, I am anxiously awaiting his newest book, “Balancing on Blue” (due out next year) which obviously covers his most recent AT thru hike! More information on these books can be found HERE, on Fozzie’s blog. And last but not least, videos from both his AT and his PCT thru hike can be found on his YouTube page, HERE.
So, what are you still doing here… reading this entry? Head over to Fozzie’s site and pick up his stuff…
Thanks for reading everyone!
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Keith Foskett, his books, his blog, or his YouTube channel. As I said above, I paid for both the books I have by him, and with my own money. I am not obligated to write about this, or any other books or share any information about Keith Foskett. I am doing so because I have enjoyed reading his book, and watching his video and wanted to share. Plus, he is giving away electronic copies of his book and I felt that was worth sharing!