|By||Kerri ní Dochartaigh|
A mixture of memoir, history and nature writing, Thin Places explores the healing effects of nature, how violence and poverty are never more than a stone’s throw from beauty and hope, and how we are, once again, allowing our borders to become hard, and terror to creep back in.
Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in 1983, in Derry-Londonderry at the border between the North and South of Ireland. Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, Winter Papers, Caught by the River and others. Her debut, Thin Places, is shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing.
Passionate, moving and beautifully written, this is a remarkable account of trauma and ways to acknowledge and overcome it – Sunday Times
Powerful, unflinching . . . Part hymn to nature, part Troubles memoir . . . Vividly descriptive – Guardian, Book of the Day
The power of place to heal trauma makes for a beautiful read . . . It contains moments of great beauty – Big Issue
Ní Dochartaigh’s delight in wild things weaves a thread of light through her childhood, adulthood and the book itself . . . Acutely personal . . . Wonderfully evocative – Daily Mail
A powerful, bracing memoir . . . This is a book that will make you see the world differently – Irish Times