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Small Bodies of Water
By Nina Mingya Powles
Published By

Canongate Books

Non-Fiction Genre Other
Publication Date 08/05/2021
Price 12.99
Hardcopy Hyperlink https://www.waterstones.com/book/small-bodies-of-water/nina-mingya-powles/9781838852153


This lyrical collection explores the bodies of water that separate and connect us, as well as everything from migration and earthquakes. Small Bodies of Water weaves together personal memories, dreams and nature writing. It reflects on a girlhood spent growing up between two cultures, and what it means to belong.

Authors Biography

Nina Mingya Powles is the author of three poetry collections, including Magnolia, which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Forward Prize. She won the 2019 Nan Shepherd Prize for Small Bodies of Water, and won the Women Poets’ Prize 2018. She is the founding editor of Bitter Melon.


Nature writing lovers will adore this collection of lyrical essays – Evening Standard, Best Non-Fiction Books of the Year

Captivating . . . Evocative literary sketches . . . Mesmerising . . . Tender, like a flower pressed between the pages of a book – Big Issue

Nature writing at its living, breathing best – Scotsman

Her writing retains a dreamlike quality, conjured through descriptions that are luminous and rich, saturated with soft edges – Bath Magazine

Explores what it means to straddle multiple cultures, languages and landscapes . . . A most intimate read – Wee Review

A fluid memoir of language, family and swimming . . . Her prose is vibrant and loving – Toast

Small Bodies of Water weaves together threads of poetic sentences, sensory detail, and acute observations to create a work that questions how trauma begets creativity – Shondaland

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