Walking Back To Happiness


Slightly, overweight, pale and discontented, Christine begins her journey from southern France to Santiago de Campostela in northern Spain on a quest to fit into a deliciously skimpy silk Bellino top.  Along “The Way”, she meets characters whose paths intertwine with hers for a few days or for a lifetime.



In lurid detail and relatable humour, Chris blends the physical and spiritual journey of her pilgrimage with stories of the past that have made her into the person she is today.   Pioneering for a better sense of self, she teaches us all that walking 750-odd kilometres may be tough, but it is the ultimate detox for the mind and body.   Those medieval pilgrims may have known a thing or two after all.

4 reviews for Walking Back To Happiness

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    “I initially thought that this would be another simple weight-loss story. Instead, I read a wonderful account of how one woman found herself through walking an old pilgrimage path. Christine Palmer does a great job keeping the reader interested the whole way, as well as detailing her struggles and joys, and letting us in on a few secrets.”

    James Hochman

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    “I laughed out loud at this book, I walked with her in every page, I slowed down my reading at the end as I didn’t want it to finish, I waited a couple of months and read it again…such a heart warming story of real life. Bravo!”

    Elaine Cassier Campbell

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    “This book is like a nice Pinot Grigio — not for kids, but light and feels like a treat at the end of the day. It grows on you — starts off a bit disappointing when you read that the author planned the trek largely to lose weight. But then she becomes a charming narrator, weaving in stories and memories just like daydreams that occur when you run or walk. And I especially liked the references and reminiscences to things that seem utterly British —some of which I had to Google, like a liberation vest (which sounds cozy), or mashed peas (which sound awful). Definitely makes me want to consider treks, although nothing like the Camino De Santiago.”

    Elizabeth Schlatter

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    “Palmer’s first Camino was a relaxed one. She was used to walking, if not this kind of long-distance-stay-in-albergues walking, and better—she already liked walking. The title’s rather misleading, mind: this was a break from Palmer’s normal life, yes, but a normal life that Palmer was already pretty happy with. She did want to lose some weight, but she writes about this part of her Camino in such a matter-of-fact manner that I’d be hard-pressed to think that weight was standing between her and ‘happiness’.

    But ‘happier’, maybe. This was Palmer’s first Camino, but it wasn’t her last, and she’s done other long-distance walks since then. So certainly she found some extra kind of happiness. I was actually a bit sad for her, that one of her weight-loss no-nos was coffee: the café con leche in Spain was excellent. But it’s a satisfying read, regimeand all; she’s direct and always ready to see the humour in a situation. Good fun.”


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