Surfacing - Kathleen Jamie - November 2023
From the thawing tundra of a Yup'ik village in Alaska which reveals it's hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes revealing impressively preserved homes of neolithic farmers in Scotland, Jamie explores how the changing natural world can alter our sense of time.
Most movingly, as her father dies and her children leave home, she considers the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself.
In precise, luminous prose, Surfacing offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.
"Wonderful writing, testing the limits of non-fiction"
Alex Preston, The Observer