'The house on the edge of the cliff was demolished this week, which means we are now the house on the edge of the cliff.'
In June 2015, the house was 50 paces from the edge. Now, it is 25 paces away. The Easternmost House is a memoir which describes a year of life on a crumbling cliff at the easternmost edge of England, all year round and in all weathers. Written at the kitchen table of the eponymous house in Suffolk, it is a meditation on nature, on coastal erosion, and on the changing seasons. It describes a life lived in close proximity to the natural world, and evokes the lived-in outdoors of the everyday: of the firewood forager, the improviser, the beachcomber.
Juliet Blaxland is an architect, author, cartoonist and illustrator. She grew up in a remote part of Suffolk and now lives on the cliff edge of the easternmost part of England. She is the author and illustrator of ten children's books. Her cartoon series, Life in a Listed Building, was published monthly in the Prince of Wales's architecture magazine Perspectives and won a prize at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The Crowood Press published Nimrod: A Cavalry Black, in 2015, and The House Pony: An ABC of Horsemanship, was published in 2018. She is also a prize-winning photographer.