'A subtle, moving celebration of place and connectedness . . . The Grassling brings the sounds, smells and sights of the countryside alive like few other books.
Burnett stretches the limits of prose, infusing it with poetic intensity to create a powerful, original voice' PD Smith, GuardianWhat 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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/03/2019
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780241374122
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