THE AMBULIST, by Max Adams. Published by Beat and Track, Shotley Bridge ( £14.99. Hardback.

THE Ambulist is the man who walks forever. Through the plains and vales of Northumberland, across fell and river, mountain and moorland, the nomad’s titanic figure is pursued by people determined to discover his past – John Queedy (who will become his protégé), a proprietor of a failing regional newspaper, the inhabitants of a border tower-house, a cynical hack called Gaunt, and Albie Rooi the hunter.