"If a tiger could write poetry or a polar bear prose, they might write a book as exciting as Wild" -- Adrian Mitchell, Shadow Poet Laureate
"Jay Griffiths is a five-star, card-carrying member of the hellfire club... a strange, utterly compelling book, Wild is easily the best, most rewarding travel book that I have read in the last decade" -- Mark Cocker, Guardian, 9th June 2007,
"She tears out a stupendous style, volcanic yet soft like the sound of a river, cadenced as birdsong, in a book almost onomatopoeic in the use of language to match its view of the world.... Her use of etymology to reach into the core of a cultural vision is unsurpassed... a book constructed, through intuitive, poetic associations... she takes on the Western conceptual lexicon, exposing the misapprehensions on which it is based.. The result is a paean, a threnody, a work of great sadness and great joy" -- Toby Green, Independent 25th May 2007
"Very rarely do you come across a book that makes you want to stand on the street corner with a megaphone and bully every passer by into reading it. But this is how I felt about Wild, really one of the most exciting books
I've read for years. It's both a beautiful work of scholarship and a passionate polemic for more love and freedom and joy in today's grey, unsustainable and murderously bureaucratic world"
-- Tom Hodgkinson, Author of How to be Free
'Exhilarating... high-risk stuff, thrumming with unbridled erotic
charge... learned and poetically pagan... Nobody can fail to be enriched by
this book's wealth of observation and description' -- Jeremy Seal, Sunday Telegraph, 27 May 2007
'Incandescent... exhilarating...[Griffiths has] the intelligence
of a naturalist and the luminous originality of a visitor from another
planet... a profoundly important contribution... very readable' -- Richard Mabey, The Times, 26 May 2007
'Remarkable... She tears out a stupendous style... a book almost
onomatopoeic in the use of language to match its view of the world... The
result is a paean, a threnody, a work of great sadness and great joy'
-- Independent, 25 May 2007
A major book by a major writer ... she writes like four kinds of
gorgeous ... Wild is the book that shows how it should be done. -- Bill McKibben, The Ecologist, May, 2007
A vital, unique and uncategorisable celebration of the spirit of
life itself, Wild is a profound and extraordinary piece of work -- The Observer, 20 May, 2007
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About the Author
Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA (2003). Her writing has appeared in various publications including the London Review of Books, the Idler, the Ecologist, Resurgence, the Observer and the Guardian.