Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie

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...Jamie's writing is so good that reading this particular piece in its entirety has proved impossible so far.


Winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award for Nonfiction

Winner of the John Burroughs Association 2014 Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book

With her poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild places, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field in this enthralling collection of fourteen essays whose power derives from the stubborn attention she pays to everything around her. Jamie roams her native Scottish “byways and hills” and sails north to encounter whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving personal history with her scrutiny of landscape, Jamie dissects whatever her gaze falls upon—from vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges us to “Keep looking. Keep looking, even when there’s nothing much to see.”


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Kathleen Jamie, one of the UK's foremost poets, is the author of four books of poetry and three nonfiction titles, including this one. In January 2013, she won the Costa Book Award, and she has won numerous other prestigious poetry awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, Forward Poetry Prize of the Year, and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award (twice). Her essay "Pathologies" appeared in Granta's "New Nature Writing" issue. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Stirling and lives with her family in Fife, Scotland.
Published September 10, 2013 by The Experiment. 257 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Aug 07 2012

...Jamie's writing is so good that reading this particular piece in its entirety has proved impossible so far.

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