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Weaving together personal stories, Threads deals with the meanings of intimacy, vulnerability and our affinities with people and places, both wild and tame. It is a deep exploration of the encounters that lend quiet networks of grace to our busy lives.
William Henry Searle casts an eye back to episodes spent in close and tender relationships with members of his family, childhood friends, animals and loved ones, in places that range from his father's scrap metal yards, to the jungles of Borneo, an Oregon river and the Swiss Alps.
In thoughtful, elegant prose, Searle celebrates the quiet conversations that nourish us, and the everyday patterns of connection that give meaning to our human existence.
William Henry Searle, PhD, is a poet and writer whose work draws on personal lived experience, seeking to interweave the natural world with the human. He holds a doctorate in creative writing and environmental philosophy, for which he was awarded a three-year studentship to study at the Royal Holloway University of London. His first book, Lungs of my Earth, was published in the USA in 2015 by Hiraeth Press. He divides his time between Snowdonia and the New Forest, exploring, writing and wood carving.
"Touching and on occasion profoundly moving [...] The connections and affinities that fill this book enliven, enlighten and delight."
– Stephen Fry
"An exceptionally rich celebration of the natural world, by turns rapturous and melancholy, and often – in strikingly original ways – both at the same time."
– Sir Andrew Motion