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Kathleen Jamie
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012

The Overhaul is Kathleen Jamie’s first collection since the award-winning The Tree House, and it broadens her poetic range considerably. The Overhaul continues Jamie’s lyric enquiry into the aspects of the world our rushing lives elide, and even threaten. Whether she is addressing birds or rivers, or the need to accept loss, or sometimes, the desire to escape our own lives, her work is earthy and rigorous, her language at once elemental and tender.

As an essayist, she has frequently queried our human presence in the world with the question ‘How are we to live?’ Here, this is answered more personally than ever. The Overhaul is a mid-life book of repair, restitution, and ultimately hope – of the wisest and most worldly kind.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144720204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447202042
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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' a perfect match for the primal Scottish landscapes she evokes and against which she explores human relationships . . . beautifully cadenced . . . utterly convincing . . . unquestionably a fine poet . . . she achieves a beautifully balanced classical simplicity.' The North magazine

About the Author

Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. Her poetry collection The Tree House (Picador 2004), won both the Forward Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead was shortlisted for the 2003 International Griffin Prize. Kathleen Jamie’s non-fiction books include the highly regarded Findings and Sightlines. She teaches at Stirling University and lives with her family in Fife.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 20 Feb 2013
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I heard Kathleen Jamie reading some of the poems from this collection on the radio, and felt very moved. The book did not disappoint. Beautiful, mournful, yearning and celebratory poems about the natural world. I'm looking forward to reading them many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a warm blanket 25 Oct 2013
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this wee book is a cosy blanket of lovely words and observations,,,, I think 'mindfulness' would best describe it. Ms Jamie is a beautiful writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Kathleen Jamie 18 July 2013
By vbp
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Just get lost in her words. Her voice is visible. her visions audible. Thoughtful, present, almost smell the world she writes about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatastic 5 April 2013
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Atmospheric, beautiful poetry. I have gone a bit mad as a result of this and bought anything I can by Kathleen. I love her observations... of the tiny changes and of the deeply profound. Enjoy! Her work gives me a taste of the wild wonderful places of these islands when I can't escape to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mature Artist in Full Flight 11 Dec 2012
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This is a wonderful book. Share it with as many people as you can. Jamie has become a poet that I seek out. Each volume of her poetry shows gains in both creativity and technique.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More classic Jamie 8 Dec 2012
By Misskin
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The collection's opening poem, "The Beach", says what I think happens when we read Kathleen Jamie: we are "all of us/hoping for the marvellous". And we are not disappointed. There is the gimlet eye for detail, the poet's sympathetic yet honest confrontation with the natural world, and spare, beautiful, lyrical poetry. In Jamie's hands, everyday observations become profound thoughts or provocative metaphors. She challenges us to see through surface observation and beyond apparent simplicity.
After being blown away by her earlier collection "The Tree House", I had been waiting with great anticipation for this one. And I did very much enjoy it. I was moved by many of the poems, for instance, "The Spider" which makes us shriek like silly children, which perhaps we are since "Who caused this rupture? ... Have you never considered/how the world sustains?". But I felt there was more darkness, or pessimism, (or perhaps Jamie would call it 'ruthless realism') to these poems which saddened me. It may simply be the result of intervening years and the poet's maturing vision. After all, the world she watches so carefully is not getting any better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What concerns us all 17 Feb 2014
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These simple and short poems show a warm regard for ordinary people and the world we inhabit. Kathleen Jamie laspes into her native speech when she's more comfortable there than with formal English. There's always a lightness and good humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Jamie 4 Oct 2013
By Rob
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I bought this book for my partner who is a huge Kathleen Jamie fan and this book follows in line who all her others, great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overhaul is the right title
Poetry books are very difficult to review. What appeals to one person in a poem may not even touch the surface with another. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ED Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far
Thoughtful, well-balanced, mature collection which invites re-reading. Have always enjoyed Jamie's work but this one seems easily the most accessible of her collections, peoms... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pat Leighton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Overhaul
Having read findings,sightlines and among Muslims I came to Kathleen Jamie's poetry with high expectations. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by clive felgate
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy
Poems addressing specific objects were most successful, The Moon, The Spider, Roses. The Nature poems were hard er to hold onto. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bertha Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful poetry
I loved her books so thought I would give this a try. It has the same powerful evocation of place.
Published 20 months ago by jw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Overhaul
It is understandable that this is such an acclaimed author and an acclaimed piece of work . It was better than I was expecting and is a splendidly written piece of work.
Published 21 months ago by IAN PRICE
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good poems but you need a dictionary for the Scottish words
Some of the poems are certaily good, more so for a person acquainted with her landscapes. I bought this book because the judges that gave it the Costa poetry book of the year... Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Altmann
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