Addicted as I am to alliteration, the title of Karl Keating’s new book was an attraction, but more attractive was the prospect of reading about his hike along the Cammino di San Benedetto–one of the long distance footpaths in Europe. This path–starting in Norcia, the birthplace of St Benedict and ending at the great monastery of Monte Cassino winds through the Italian countryside stopping at various sites associated with the saint. Karl had mentioned to me some time ago that he was heading out on this trek and I was eager to read how he got on.

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