be/longing: understories of nature, family and home


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be/longing: understories of nature, family and home Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Canongate Books Ltd
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Pages: 320 Illustrations and other contents: integrated black-and-white images; Illustrations, unspecified Language: English ISBN: 9781838854720 Category:

Reflecting on family, identity and nature, be/longing is a personal memoir about what it is to have and make a home. It is a love letter to nature, especially the northern landscapes of Scotland and the Scots pinewoods of Abernethy – home to standing dead trees known as snags, which support the overall health of the forest. be/longing is a book about how we are held in thrall to elements of our past. It speaks to the importance of attention and reflection, and will encourage us all to look and observe and ask questions of ourselves. Beautifully written and featuring Amanda Thomson’s artwork and photography throughout, it explores how place, language and family shape us and make us who we are.

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A beautifully written meditation on rural surroundings and her place within them * * Sunday Times * * Whether writing about nature, about family, about art, or about identity, Amanda Thomson brings a careful and a thoughtful attention to the page. She shows how the threads of a life - its passions and preoccupations - are intricately entangled, each illuminating and complicating the other -- MALACHY TALLACK In belonging, Thomson invites us to think about what living with the land really means: not just beautiful and wild places, but cities, suburbs, old houses, the places that shape us in childhood and beyond, too. This is an evocative, intimate journey through the ways we find home - in family, place, history and language -- JESSICA J. LEE A finely-wrought meditation on nature, identity, and the tender hold of the past -- SAMANTHA WALTON, author of EVERYBODY NEEDS BEAUTY and THE LIVING WORLD Beautiful without ever being pretentious, Amanda Thomson's Belonging pays loving homage to Scottish nature and history . . . Meticulously curated and thoughtfully researched, there is something undeniably powerful about her invitation, in a time when people are increasingly obsessed with how we present ourselves online, to look up at the world around us, and to invest conscious thought in the people and places that give life meaning as well as context . . . belonging is glorious * * The List * * Praise for A Scots Dictionary of Nature: So good -- ROBERT MACFARLANE A reminder of how easily the beauty of language and its connection with nature can be lost * * Herald * * A stunning wee book detailing some of the wonderfully inventive Scots words that document the world around us * * The List * * Full of words and expressions ripe for reappropriation. Deserves as wide a readership as possible * * Scotsman * * A delight to leaf through * * Herald * *

Author Biography

Amanda Thomson is a Scottish writer and visual artist, and a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. Her first book, A Scots Dictionary of Nature, was published in 2018. She has spoken at many book festivals and had her work published in Antlers of Water, Willowherb Review, The Wild Isles, Gifts of Gravity and Light and the Guardian. She lives and works in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands and Glasgow. @passingplace |