Devorgilla Days

Devorgilla Days : finding hope and healing in Scotland's book town

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AN INSPIRING STORY OF STARTING OVER
'We all need a Devorgilla Cottage somewhere in our hearts' - KIRSTY WARK
'Beautifully written' - ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG 'A magical and beautifully written memoir and so evocative of Wigtown and its landscape' - RUTH HOGAN

This is a story about uncovering the things that really matter, and discovering what makes us feel alive. It is a story about finding that inner strength and resilience, and never giving up hope.

Eight years ago, Kathleen Hart was diagnosed with breast cancer. Further complications led to a protracted recovery and months spent in hospital, where Kathleen had to learn how to walk again. While recuperating, she came across a small whitewashed cottage for sale in Wigtown, Scotland. Driving hundreds of miles on nothing more than a few photographs and an inkling, she bought it that very same day, and named it Devorgilla after the formidable 13th century Scottish princess.

Devorgilla Days is the story of how Kathleen left behind her old life to begin again in Scotland's book capital. From renovating her cottage to exploring the seemingly quiet, but actually bustling town, she encounters a whole community of book lovers, beekeepers, artists and writers - and Lobster Fishermen. Kathleen starts wild swimming, a ritual that brings peace and clarity to her mind as her body heals. And, with the support of her virtual worldwide community who know her as PoshPedlar on Instagram, she rebuilds her life again.

Heartwarming and deeply moving, Devorgilla Days is an inspiring tale of one woman's remarkable journey, a celebration of community, and a call-to-arms for anyone who has ever dreamt of starting over.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 142 x 220 x 34mm | 460g
  • Two Roads
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 152930041X
  • 9781529300413
  • 105,871

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A magical and beautifully written memoir and so evocative of Wigtown and its landscape.
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We all need a Devorgilla Cottage somewhere in our hearts and in our imaginations. This is a book about survival and renewal and sheer willpower. -- Kirsty Wark So beautifully written and so enchanting I feel quite bereft having reached the end... So many achievements all wrapped in one beautiful narrative. It's heaven. -- Alexander Armstrong A magical and beautifully written memoir and so evocative of Wigtown and its landscape. * Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS * From renovating her cottage to exploring the seemingly quiet, but actually bustling town, she encounters a whole community of book lovers, beekeepers, artists and writers and lobster fishermen throughout the book. Furthermore, Kathleen starts wild swimming, a ritual that brings peace and clarity to her mind as her body heals. * Irish Times *
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About Kathleen Hart

Kathleen Hart was educated at a convent school in Cheshire before experimenting with various occupations from air hostess to antiques dealer, but her favourite so far is author. She does her best writing in a whitewashed cottage in Scotland where she keeps bees, swims in the sea and every day encourages thousands of her PoshPedlar Instagram followers to 'make room for the magic'.
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189 ratings
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4 25% (47)
3 13% (25)
2 3% (5)
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