Utterly Brilliant My Life’s Journey by Timmy Mallett is an utterly brilliant book about Timmy Mallett’s pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in memory of his brother Martin.
This book is a powerful read as we learn not only about the sights along the way but also life lessons. The Camino de Santiago is a physical, cultural, historical and spiritual journey undertaken by many pilgrims each year, with some making repeat journeys.
Timmy Mallett makes his journey by e-bike, leaving markers in tribute to his brother Martin along the way. Using the map at the front of the book and the app Three Little Words, the markers are available for all to find.
Martin was born with Down’s Syndrome and not expected to make it far into adulthood. He actually made it the sixty four years and seven months. Timmy Mallett speaks fondly of his brother who loved life and lived loved. “Martin… had love in abundance… We sometimes wondered if that extra chromosome… is an extra chromosome of love.”
Each journey starts with the first step. As we journey through life, we need to pause and enjoy it along the way. “Seize every moment… because life only comes round once.” Take breaks. Look around. It is people who matter most. “Every day counts; every day you can make a difference.” Noticing others may be a small thing to you but it makes a big difference to them.
Along the Camino de Santiago Timmy Mallett met many different people as their journeys intersected for a moment in time.
We hear some of the back stories to Timmy’s life. I remember him from Wacaday and Timmy’s Mallett in my children’s childhood. And who can forget the classic hit, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?
Timmy Mallett comes across as a thoroughly nice, fun-loving guy with a huge capacity to love. What I did not know is that he is also an incredibly talented artist who painted his journey too. There are photos of his paintings included in the book. He has also illustrated the book with pen and ink drawings.
I thoroughly enjoyed Utterly Brilliant and can highly recommend it to all ages.
I will leave you with my favourite quote:
“For faith to work, we just need to believe.”
I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.