A gentleman’s bookshelf says more about the man he is than his most watched on Netflix, his favourite sex position on a Sunday morning or his opinion on Joey Essex. Indisputably it’s what a man reads, how he empathises with the characters and how he uses what he learns from them, that defines him.
It’s the modern way nowadays, when selecting wine from a supermarket shelf, to go for the most eye-catching label or the most efficiently priced. There are many reasons for this; we just don’t have the time nor the money for quality fine wine, and even if we did – we know sod-all about what is the best, or what goes with what.
The greatest knowledge a gentleman can ever acquire is from his father or about his father. It’s moments when you’re completely alone and vulnerable as an adolescent, like facing off with an angry driver that you’ve carelessly bumped into the back of, that the words of your father form the moral backbone of your behaviour.
Whether you’re a debutant traveller of the country, seasonal regular or full-time resider, the UK holds an array of picture postcard sights which have been made famous around the world. The landscape that inspired Wordsworth’s lyrical odyssey, Dickens’ descriptive charm and One Direction is a place beguiled with beauty and memories.
Jake Thomas and Oliver Jarvis walk over 90 miles, from Chepstow to Stonehenge, to experience the ancient route of the stone circle – from Cinderella-towns to slaughterhouses, this journey on foot redefines their perception of the British countryside forever.
It’s a tough one… compiling a list of lyrics that every gentleman will agree with as having the most meaning. After all, every man has his own set like he does his own golf clubs. Lyrics that take him back to a different period; whether that’s a love lyric from a past-time with a past-lover, a particular punk soundtrack to his coming of age story, or a Wham! moment of extreme happiness.