Category Archives: non-fiction

Findings by Kathleen Jamie

“This is what I want to learn: to notice, but not to analyse.” When I read that line I realised that Jamie had latched on, somehow, to my very thoughts, and I realised that most of my reading this year, … Continue reading

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Bluets by Maggie Nelson

“6. This half-circle of blinding turquoise ocean is this love’s primal scene. That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things. To find oneself placed in their midst. … Continue reading

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Notes From No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

“Our willingness to believe the news is, in many cases, not entirely innocent.” In my weaker moments, those moments when I have desired nothing so much as the comforting thud of an enveloped book arriving through my letterbox, I have … Continue reading

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The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

I hadn’t planned to read this book. I have a friend who sent me a copy and as I’m trying to keep on top of any ‘new’ books I acquire (not adding to the TBR list) and as the gift … Continue reading

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Upstream by Mary Oliver

“And this is what I learned: that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness – the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books – can re-dignify the … Continue reading

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When The Trees Say Nothing by Thomas Merton

“I am free, free, a wild being, and that is all I can ever really be.” I came across the name Thomas Merton when reading Sara Maitland’s A Book of Silence and it is a name I logged in my … Continue reading

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