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This review is from: Sightlines (Paperback)
I got this after reading a cracking review from Nick Lezard in the Guardian. It is a lovely collection of pieces which you might term travel writing if you were needing to find a section in a bookshop to shelve it but which are more like insights and thoughts conjured from the landscape around us. Jamie certainly has a fresh way of looking, reacting to and writing about the world around her. It is often like being in conversation with someone who has a calming voice and something interesting to say about the natural world.
The one piece that Lezard said he couldn't read (because he feared that her ability to so effectively conjure landscape through her writing might actually lead him to come too close to the cancer she was writing about) is actually the book's strongest piece, partly because it uses the language of geography and cartology to map the human body and its pathology in a startlingly original way.
I found my stamina flagging when I tried to read the book methodically from cover to cover. I would recommend dipping into this one and savoring each piece on its own merits.