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Wayfaring Stranger
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Emma John is the award-winning author of Following On: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket, which was named the 2017 Wisden Book of the Year. She writes for the Guardian and in 2008 was the first woman ever to win a Sports Journalism Award.

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Wayfaring Stranger goes beyond being an entertaining, informative book about a niche musical genre: it becomes the story of John's personal mission to shake off a kind of existential stiffness - an inhibiting perfectionism - to rediscover not just her passion for music, but also for life ... Books like this work best when they manage to pull in even the most casual reader, saturating them in the colours, emotions and sensations of hidden subcultures, and John more than delivers. If someone doesn't make a film out of this, they'll have missed a "picking" trick - The ObserverThere is a touch of Bill Bryson to her escapades. She is the well-meaning outsider stumbling through unfamiliar surroundings. She knows how to tell a good joke, and how to laugh at herself ... Early on, when she nervously takes her fiddle from its case and tries to join in with seasoned musicians, you know things will not go well, but she makes you smile at every wrong note ... [T]here are slivers of bluegrass history scattered in short, playful chapters. We get a page of excellent banjo jokes too - The Times

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