242 pages, b/w photos
Five years after Findings broke the mould of nature writing, Sort of Books presents Sightlines. The outer world flew open like a door, and I wondered – what is it that we're just not seeing? In this greatly anticipated sequel to Findings, prize-winning poet and renowned nature writer Kathleen Jamie takes a fresh look at her native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote. Written with her hallmark precision and delicacy, and marked by moments in her own life, Sightlines offers a rare invitation to pause and to pay heed to our surroundings.
"Kathleen Jamie writes with unparalleled beauty, sharpness of observation, wit, delicacy, strength of vision and rare exactness of language."
- Daily Telegraph
"It finds without disturbing the found. And this takes courage and delicacy"
- John Berger, Guardian Books of the Year
"Her achievement is to make us look again with completeluy fresh eyes at those creatures and places we had long presumed to know"
- Mark Cocker
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Multi-award winning poet Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. She has written two works of non-fiction: Among Muslims, an acclaimed travel narrative, and Findings, the ground-breaking nature/travel book set in Scotland. She lives in Fife and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Stirling University.