With her groundbreaking book A Sideways Look at Time, British author Jay Griffiths challenges readers with her proposal that there's more to time than changing seasons and ticking clocks. "It is highly serious and yet playful; it is wise, wide ranging and radical. If this book were a political party, I'd join it," raved Body Shop CEO Anita Roddick of Griffiths's debut.
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Powys, Mid-Wales, U.K.
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English Literature and Language, Oxford University
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|A Sideways Look at Time|
In this unique, groundbreaking look at the ticking clock, Griffiths takes readers on a fascinating tour of the concept of time, pointing out how the world's different cultures marke its passage through festivals, traditions, and seasons. "Make time to read this insightful book. You'll be glad you did," say our Editors.
|A Writer on Her Craft|
|"Writing is both an art and a service, I feel," Griffiths reflects in our exclusive interview. "The world has probably never needed real writers more: writers, that is, who walk out into the world and ask questions, act as good messengers to their readers and are faithful to what they know."|
|Favorite Writers & Reads||Griffiths's Reading Recommendations|
|Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices|
We talked with Griffiths about some of her favorite books, a list that includes Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, which had quite an impact on her when she read it at age nine. "It ran through me like electricity, because the words shone, and I had never seen words do that before," she remembers.
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We asked Griffiths to tell us about some of her all-time favorite summer reads. Sherman Alexie's acclaimed novel made her list; read on to learn more about her reading recommendations, including:
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