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5.0 out of 5 stars
An astounding book, 8 May 2013
Kith is a shattering, uplifting, terrifying, fascinating book. Reading it, I found myself overwhelmed by a mixture of loss, anger and understanding. When Griffiths makes the connection between the enclosure of the land and the enclosure of childhood, it triggers one of those rare moments of enlightenment in which so much that seemed hazy or incomprehensible before suddenly makes sense. From then onwards, as the story built, I found myself profoundly shaken by the madness of the ways in which we have treated children and - through their continuing exclusion from public spaces, through the detached parenting of babies which some childcare gurus still preach, through the enclosure and marshalling of childrens' time, through their recruitment as consumers and brand ambassadors and many other forms of neglect and imposition - treat them still. Kith is a plea for freedom, for experimentation, discovery, wonder, delight and joy at the time of life when all these things should come - and be offered - naturally, and we should heed it.
It is beautifully, astonishingly written: almost one long poem. It will sweep you up and bundle you away.