Posts under ‘Memoirs’

The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

 Source: Personal Copy Shortlisted for 2016 Wainwright Prize Five words from the blurb: nature, world, destroyed, beauty, sustainable I have now read all the books on the 2016 Wainwright Prize shortlist and I certainly saved the best for last. The Moth Snowstorm is a beautifully written book which explains the crisis facing our planet. I like to […]

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wainwright’s Prize Five words from the blurb: Lake District, farming, generations, sheep, land James Rebanks is a farmer in the Lake District and his family have kept sheep on the fells for generations. This book explains what his life is like and how farming has changed over the centuries. I lived in the […]

Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: pain, avoid, bread, embrace, fresh Shauna James Ahern was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 38. This meant that if she ingested any gluten her small intestine would be damaged. She had to completely change her diet – avoiding bread, pasta and processed foods in which gluten […]

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

Source: Free review copy received from Wellcome Book Prize Promoters Shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize Five words from the blurb: Orkney, alcohol, searching, wildlife, hope The Outrun combines beautiful nature writing with an honest account of one woman’s battle with alcoholism. Amy Liptrot grew up on Orkney, but longed to escape the confines of these remote […]

Home is Burning by Dan Marshall

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: dying, parents, motor neurone disease, cancer, hilarious Home is Burning is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. It is a brutally honest description of what it is like to look after someone who is terminally ill. It manages to combine the […]

The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: collapse, civilization, Scottish, community, depressed I love reading books about the collapse of civilisation* (strange aren’t I?!) and frequently wonder whether I should move to the country and become self-sufficient in preparation for the breakdown of society. So, when I came across this book about a man who […]