I first went to Orkney at a very demanding time in my life, facing a lot of upheaval, loss and change. This was a long time ago now. I've been again and continued to benefit from it's nature, history and isolation even though I too have farming and remote in my life. This book is remarkable: unlike a lot of 'self' books it is not morose, the observations are communicated without angst or peevishness; it has given me a better awareness, if not understanding, of what it is to struggle with addiction - I'm watching something go wrong in another person's life and trying to gain a sense of it. Sense of and unique response to place is clearly stated and valued: in my minds eye many of the places mentioned and awakened a joy or two that had slipped my memory. I can hear another trip calling.
Even if you've not been to Orkney, or had any understanding of addictive behaviours this is a beautifully and creatively written book one that proves above all else how much we need to cherish to differences in our society, in our rural and urban areas and in the variety of ways in which these differences can unexpectedly enrich our lives. It has changed the way I think about one or two things.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4720 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Canons; Main edition (31 December 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01127P3V0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)