Jack walked the old Roman road north as thousands had before him: Diddakoi, tinkers, prophets, fools; the footsore army of men who once tramped England's byways looking for work. He navigated by a kind of telluric instinct, an obscure knowledge he had learned to call on even when the land he walked through was unfamiliar: the wind on his face; the pull of the water table deep beneath the ground; the change from chalk to greensand to lias under his feet.
2. Babb Hill
It was so quiet up there, so still. Howard pictured people sleeping, below him, in their thousands: safely tucked up in bed, sunk in their ordinary lives... The radio felt comforting in his hands; it was the way the knob clicked on and the dial glowed, surrounding him with familiar noise. He clicked the radio off and let the hill's silence rush back.
This is an audio companion to Melissa Harrison's novel 'At Hawthorn Time', published by Bloomsbury in 2015. It was originally released as a 10" vinyl version with individually silkscreened and stitched sleeve by Lucie Murtagh.