Publication Date: 05/09/2019 ISBN: 9781908745811 Category:

Surfacing

Kathleen Jamie

Publisher: Sort of Books
Publication Date: 05/09/2019 ISBN: 9781908745811 Category:
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Under the ravishing light of an Alaskan sky, objects are spilling from the thawing tundra linking a Yup’ik village to its hunter-gatherer past. In the shifting sand dunes of a Scottish shoreline, impressively preserved hearths and homes of Neolithic farmers are uncovered. In a grandmother’s disordered mind, memories surface of a long-ago mining accident and a ‘mither who was kind’.

In this luminous new essay collection, acclaimed author Kathleen Jamie visits archeological sites and mines her own memories – of her grandparents, of youthful travels – to explore what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. As always she looks to the natural world for her markers and guides. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself.

Surfacing offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.

Publisher Review

Praise for Sightlines: A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader's ear -- John Berger Kathleen Jamie is a supreme listener ... clear, subtle, respectful, and so unquenchably curious that it makes the world anew -- Richard Mabey A book of unparalleled beauty and rare exactness of language * Sunday Telegraph * I put the book down again and thought: 'I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think, like that' -- Nicholas Lezard * Guardian * It is not often that the prose of a poet is as powerful as her verse, but Jamie's is -- Diana Athill * Literary Review *

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