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Travels With a Stick

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Publication Date
11 April 2019
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
8pp colour plates

Travels With a Stick

A Pilgrim’s Journey to Santiago de Compostela
by Richard Frazer - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'In the midst of his vulnerability and self-proclaimed vigour, Fraser reveals, in beautiful prose, the freedom and trust that the Camino brings: communities of faith and friendship' – Church Times

'Friendly and candid, Frazer recounts his journey with all its ups and downs, detailing the breathtaking scenery of his surroundings and the fascinating people he meets along the way ... An inspiring read and a journey well worth taking with Frazer as your well versed tour guide' – Dundee Courier

'Remarkable in both honesty and gratitude. A powerful account of how expectations and ambitions can be reframed and changed by the world-famous pilgrimage to allow deeper insights and lessons to emerge' – Life and Work

‘An honest appraisal of life, belief and a poignant reminder that journeying with all kinds of people is often the best thing we ever get the chance to do’ – Ricky Ross

Almost 300,000 people ‘officially’ complete the journey to Santiago each year – hundreds of thousands more travel at least part of the way.

In this book, Richard Frazer discovers on his pilgrimage to the shrine of St James the Great how a journey – wherever it is made – undertaken with an open and hospitable heart can provide spiritual renewal and transformation, filling what many people see as the spiritual void in 21st century life.

This absorbing account reveals how the pilgrim journey can be nourishment for the human heart. It connects us to landscape and brings us to the mystery of what it is to be human and vulnerable and open to the kindness of strangers and the gift of the new and the unexpected.

Richard Frazer is minister of Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. He founded and chairs the Grassmarket Community Project, which helps the most vulnerable. He has been influential in the revival of pilgrimage in Scotland and in the Church of Scotland’s decision to officially promote and revive pilgrimage after 450 years.