'Homesick', Why I Live in a Shed by Catrina Davies

August 24, 2019

This book is a memoir, it is nature writing, and a social and political observation of our present times. I was engaged right from the start, empathising and struggling with the author as her story unfolded. It is an honest read, reinforcing the real, important things in life and it made me appreciate all over again how lucky I am to have a home - a basic right just not available to many nowadays. However, the author's positivity weaves in and out and I admired her integrity for following her own values and not those imposed on us by society. Her raw, elemental descriptions of living on the Cornish coast are a reminder of how we are diminished in the full force of nature - it made me long to be up at dawn on the beach and up all night star-gazing. This book has stayed with me since I finished it, always a good sign, and, for extra marks, it has a beautiful cover!


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