Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World

Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World

by Kathleen Jamie

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Overview

Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World by Kathleen Jamie

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190836
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 892,502
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author


Kathleen Jamie, one of the UK’s foremost poets, is the author of four books of poetry and three nonfiction titles, including Sightlines. Her many awards and honors include the 2017 Royal Geographic Society Ness Award, conferred upon Jamie “for outstanding creative writing at the confluence of travel, nature and culture”; the 2013 Costa Book Award; as well as numerous prestigious poetry awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, Forward Poetry Prize of the Year, and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award (twice). A professor of creative writing at the University of Stirling, she lives with her family in Fife, Scotland.

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