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Thin Places

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING - HIGHLY COMMENDED

'A special, beautiful, many-faceted book' Amy Liptrot

'A remarkable piece of writing . . . Luminous' Robert Macfarlane
'Eloquent . . . moving' Sinéad Gleeson

Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in Derry, on the border of the North and South of Ireland, at the very height of the Troubles. She was brought up on a council estate on the wrong side of town. But for her family, and many others, there was no right side. One parent was Catholic, the other was Protestant. In the space of one year they were forced out of two homes and when she was eleven a homemade petrol bomb was thrown through her bedroom window. Terror was in the very fabric of the city, and for families like Kerri's, the ones who fell between the cracks of identity, it seemed there was no escape.

In Thin Places, a mixture of memoir, history and nature writing, Kerri explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, how violence and poverty are never more than a stone's throw from beauty and hope, and how we are, once again, allowing our borders to become hard, and terror to creep back in. Kerri asks us to reclaim our landscape through language and study, and remember that the land we fight over is much more than lines on a map. It will always be ours but, at the same time, it never really was.


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Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in 1983, in Derry-Londonderry at the border between the North and South of Ireland. Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, Winter Papers, Caught by the River and others. She lives in an old railway cottage in the very heart of Ireland with her partner and dog. Thin Places is her first book. It was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, and was highly commended by the judges.

@kerri_ni | @kerrinidochartaigh


Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING - HIGHLY COMMENDED

'A special, beautiful, many-faceted book' Amy Liptrot

'A remarkable piece of writing . . . Luminous' Robert Macfarlane
'Eloquent . . . moving' Sinéad Gleeson

Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in Derry, on the border of the North and South of Ireland, at the very height of the Troubles. She was brought up on a council estate on the wrong side of town. But for her family, and many others, there was no right side. One parent was Catholic, the other was Protestant. In the space of one year they were forced out of two homes and when she was eleven a homemade petrol bomb was thrown through her bedroom window. Terror was in the very fabric of the city, and for families like Kerri's, the ones who fell between the cracks of identity, it seemed there was no escape.

In Thin Places, a mixture of memoir, history and nature writing, Kerri explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, how violence and poverty are never more than a stone's throw from beauty and hope, and how we are, once again, allowing our borders to become hard, and terror to creep back in. Kerri asks us to reclaim our landscape through language and study, and remember that the land we fight over is much more than lines on a map. It will always be ours but, at the same time, it never really was.

Foreword

A breathtaking mix of memoir, nature writing and history: this is Kerri ní Dochartaigh's story of a wild Ireland, an invisible border, an old conflict and the healing power of the natural world

Additional text

A powerful, bracing memoir that asks what happens when a child grows up in a city that isn't safe . . . This is a book that will make you see the world differently

Product details

Authors Kerri ni Dochartaigh
Publisher Canongate Books
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 31.01.2021
 
EAN 9781838854515
ISBN 978-1-83885-451-5
No. of pages 272
Dimensions 135 mm x 214 mm x 20 mm
Subjects Non-fiction book > Philosophy, religion > Biographies, autobiographies

NATURE / General, HISTORY / Social History, Social & cultural history, natural history, Northern Ireland, Social and cultural history, Nature and the natural world: general interest

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