Nature writing is something we enjoy and sometimes do here at The Dabbler. The next Dabbler Book Club selection is right up our woodland path: Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie.
Kathleen Jamie, the Scottish poet, has written a book that transcends the definition of nature study. Sightlines is ostensibly a series of essays – on gannets and storm petrels, archaeological digs and visits to Atlantic islands. But, subtly linked by her examining eye, they soar out of the conventions that might have constrained them. Jamie presents, scene by scene, a kind of interrogation of the exterior and interior of our lives. She evokes an essential sense of lost contact that is only underlined by the emotional charge of our physical presence as we enter the wilderness – of what we bring to it, as much as what it gives us…
Jamie’s prose is exquisite, yet never indulgent. She has the ability to make us believe we are there, with her. She also has a neat Scottish vocabulary – swithering, gurly, wambling, smir and smoor – words so suited to their task that I had no need of a dictionary to look them up. This is a book that will stay with you, as its sights and sounds have stayed with its writer. Sightlines is a work of intense purity and quiet genius, and we’re lucky to have it.
I can almost hear the hearts of Country Dabblers beating a little faster… Well, if you’re a member of The Dabbler Book Club you’ll have a chance to win a free copy. See below to join up.
We have ten copies to give away to members of the Dabbler Book Club, and two copies for members of the League of Dabblers.
How to get a free copy of Sightlines
If you are already a member of the Dabbler Book Club you will automatically be entered into the draw. If you haven’t already joined, all you have to do is sign up below. It’s free.
After that, you don’t have to do anything. All members will be automatically entered into the ballot for one of 10 free review copies, which will take place on Tuesday 1st May. We’ll email the winners, at which point you can opt out if you really don’t want that month’s choice and would rather another member got the chance.
See more information about the Dabbler Book Club here. Two copies are set aside exclusively for members of the League of Dabblers, so they will have a greater chance of winning.
We’ll be reviewing Sightlines in the next month or two, and you can contribute your thoughts (though you’re not obliged to.)
Thank you to our friends at the very interesting Sort Of Books for kindly providing the copies.
Coming soon – more reviews, prize draws, signed copies, exclusive previews and more…
Over the coming months we’ve got some great literary giveaways exclusively for the Dabbler Book Club, including free copies, tickets to literary events and much more.
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