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Thin Places

by Kerri ni Dochartaigh

Hardback £14.99
Published 28th January 2021, 272 pages
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Description

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

‘A special, beautiful, many-faceted book’ Amy Liptrot

‘A remarkable piece of writing … Luminous’ Robert Macfarlane
‘Eloquent … Moving’ Sinead G leeson

Kerri ni 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.

Details

Thin Places
by Kerri ni Dochartaigh

ISBN
9781786899637

Publisher
Canongate Books Ltd

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Jan. 28, 2021

Dimensions
22.0cm x 14.4cm x 2.7cm

Page count
272 pages