The Grassling
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The Grassling

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'A subtle, moving celebration of place and connectedness . . . brings the sounds, smells and sights of the countryside alive like few other books' Guardian

What fills my lungs is wider than breath could be. It is a place and a language torn, matted and melded; flowered and chiming with bones. That breath is that place and until I get there I will not really be breathing.

Spurred on by her father's declining health and inspired by the history he once wrote of his small Devon village, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett delves through layers of memory, language and natural history to tell a powerful story of how the land shapes us and speaks to us. The Grassling is a book about roots: what it means to belong when the soil beneath our feet is constantly shifting, when the people and places that nurtured us are slipping away.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 157g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141989629
  • 9780141989624
  • 12,191

Review quote

This astonishingly beautiful ode to the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside . . . [evokes] a richly immersive sense of the natural world and our place within it. * Country Living * A poetic, lyrical tribute to the earth beneath our feet . . . Burnett is one of the freshest voices in the current crop of nature writers * Countryfile * With a blend of poetry, memoir and a uniquely experimental, sensory style of nature writing, The Grassling celebrates the lusciousness of both land and language ... Ideas that might in a lesser writer have seemed whimsical are grounded by the rich layers of Burnett's prose. * TLS *
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About Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a writer of English and Kenyan heritage. She was born in Devon and her work is inspired by the landscape in which she was raised. She is the author of Swims, a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year, and her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prize.
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Rating details

18 ratings
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5 33% (6)
4 39% (7)
3 22% (4)
2 6% (1)
1 0% (0)
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