A remarkable work of humanity and humility - a great achievement from an inspiring man. I found it fascinating - a fantastic piece of travel writing, beautifully drawn, very moving and often very funny. So many wonderful descriptions recounting in vivid detail the history and landscapes and people encountered on the way. Utterly evocative.
Justin Butcher's crisp and vibrant writing style grabs the reader's hand and leads us on a fascinating and thoughtful tour through history into the heart of the politics of contemporary Palestine.
As an Israeli who campaigns for equal rights in Palestine/Israel, I found in Justin's compelling account a clear sense that peace based on justice and equality is no pipe dream but a real possibility in my tortured land. With Justin as a guide, all of us - you, too - can begin to walk the walk.
Butcher relights the flames of hope in our age of hopelessness.
An extraordinary book, Walking to Jerusalem, by the playwright and activist Justin Butcher. It is an account of a pilgrimage undertaken by dozens of ordinary people, who went on foot to that most riven of cities.
Justin Butcher's book is both important and extremely readable - erudite and entertaining on spirituality, history, music, architecture and ecology. But we're always aware of a sense of burning injustice at the plight of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank. The denouement, when they finally arrive in the Holy Land, is both thought-provoking and inspiring.
An incredibly moving and fascinating book, a powerful pilgrim's tale of love, humour and solidarity.
A must-read for everyone who yearns for peace in Palestine.
The world badly needs people like Justin Butcher. Insight and passion, soul and solidarity - to read it is to be reminded that what is right is always found on the other side of fear.
'Wherever you stand on the position of Israel, I recommend reading this book ... this is more than just a campaigning book - it is a very good read.'