A new humorous novel of the West Midlands, albeit written by a Londoner. Pub Walks in Underhill Country appears to be Trains Are Mint meets a Wainwright hill-walking guide, by way of The Archers, and is out now…

“Graham Underhill is a much-loved local watercolourist, ale enthusiast, and self-published guidebook writer — the ‘Wainwright of the West Midlands’. But our narrator and guide is a rambler in more ways than one, and what begins as a set of walk instructions soon gives way to what Graham would rather talk about — mostly, his marriage to the beautiful and erudite Sunita. When a well-connected environmentalist and would-be MP takes an interest in Sunita’s childhood memoir Graham’s happiness seems complete. Or it would, were it not for the shoddy state of the local footpath network. And inconsiderate mountain bikers. Litter louts, pretentious landscape photographers, idiots who consider light trainers suitable for mountainous terrain, and the Highways Agency’s plan to build a bypass through his house. At least he has his beloved Sunita. Or does he? Graham, it turns out, is not always the most reliable guide. And neither is ‘Underhill Country’ the sleepy idyll it seems… Cunning, hilarious and heartbreaking, Nat Segnit’s debut novel is a guidebook to stubborn optimism in the face of marital meltdown.”

Ridiculously, the Kindle edition is more expensive than the paperback.