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"A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader’s ear. Hold her tangible words and they’ll take you places." JOHN BERGER
Offers a fresh look at the authors native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote.
The outer world flew open like a door, and I wondered - what is it that we're just not seeing? In this greatly anticipated sequel to Findings, prize-winning poet and renowned nature writer Kathleen Jamie takes a fresh look at her native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote. Written with her hallmark precision and delicacy, and marked by moments in her own life, Sightlines offers a rare invitation to pause and to pay heed to our surroundings.
This is a wonderful book. I loved Kathleen Jamie's Among Muslims - her spare, clear, precise prose. This may be entirely different as to subject, but the wonderful style is instantly recognisable. Taking us from whale museums to isolated islands, Arctic shores to hospital labs, this is an unromantic, challenging and very beautiful look at nature in its most real sense, which very much includes humans, death and science as well as the wildness of the north's birds and sealife. A must-read.
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