elsewhere is the story of John Tagholm’s thousand mile walk across France from Sangatte on the grey waters of the English Channel to St Tropez on the sparkling Mediterranean. It is not a book about physical achievement, nor a travelogue to the glories of France but a journal about being alone, about the joys of walking through an almost deserted country and the guilt of simply being there, elsewhere, away from his family, friends and work, for almost ten weeks.
The walk took place in 1997, the year of John Tagholm’s fiftieth birthday and the year Princess Diana died in Paris. He followed green paths, GRs - the sentiers de grande randonnée - and finished in St Tropez on the day that Diana was buried. The hooters that sounded from the swanky yachts in the harbour that day were not to celebrate of the end of his walk, but to mourn a Princess. Diana’s death heightened the feeling of ‘elsewhere’ that John Tagholm experienced during the walk, the conflict between what was happening in the wider world and what was taking place in his private one.
elsewhere is about a walk that everyone can do, if not at once, but then in parts and the book contains maps that show the routes and paths taken during the course of sixty-five days.
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John Tagholm is a writer and tv producer. He has written three novels, No Identifiable Remains, (‘A thoroughly good read.’ – Hampstead and Highgate Express), Bad Marriage (‘Gripping, engrossing, brilliant.’ – Julia Hobsbawm, Editorial Intelligence), and Parallel Lives (‘I loved it!’ Jo Good, BBC Radio London), all published by Quartet.
He began his career as Hawk-eye to Big Chief I-SPY, the writer of the famous series of factual books for children. Within weeks he was writing the regular I-SPY column in the Daily Mail and went on to produce several of the books, including I-SPY Football, Cricket, At The Airport, Birds, Foreign Coins and Cats.
After spells at the ITA, the Independent Television Authority, John joined Thames Television in 1976 and stayed for thirteen years, working first in sport and then in the documentary and features department. For several years he was programme editor of the pioneering daytime series, Afternoon Plus which later transferred to Channel 4 as Mavis on 4. When Thames lost its franchise he formed Pineapple Productions and became an independent producer, making programmes for the BBC, ITV and several of the newly emerging digital channels.
John continues to make programmes as a freelance producer and director.