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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 0.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,934 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

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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 By J. J. Thomas on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Misskin on 8 Dec. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Clarkson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Boyle on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By parahandy on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vbp on 18 July 2013
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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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By clive felgate on 19 Jun. 2013
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Having read findings,sightlines and among Muslims I came to Kathleen Jamie's poetry with high expectations. I was not disappointed. Simple, honest and direct with a clarity that made the reader smell the sea. All you could ask for. Anyone who enjoys the written word should find joy in this book and a lot to think on.
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By jw on 4 Mar. 2013
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I loved her books so thought I would give this a try. It has the same powerful evocation of place.
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