I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain
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About the Author
Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK and has been published in anthologies including Common People edited by Kit de Waal and The Seasons nature writing anthology edited by Melissa Harrison. She is forthcoming in Women on Nature edited by Katharine Norbury. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement and BBC Wildlife, and broadcasting credits include BBC Radio 4's Open Book, Front Row and Today programmes, and Sky News. She has judged the British Book Awards, Society of Authors Awards and Costa Book Awards.www.anitasethi.com / @anitasethi
"For anyone who has ever felt out of place, I Belong Here is a moving and comforting read. For everyone else, it is an education. Punchier and more political than most nature writing, this book is a thing of beauty." --Sunday Times"A memoir of rare power" --Guardian "Nature's beauty and wilderness provide a welcome escape from Sethi's city life and kickstart a healing process as she becomes enveloped in the great outdoors, taking us on an emotional journey at the same time. It's an amazing odyssey: inspiring, powerful, encouraging and incredibly brave.
" --Independent "Passionate and reflective" --New Statesman "Restored and enlivened by the wonders of nature, Anita finds the courage to embrace her vulnerabilities and strengths and to claim her place in the world. Brave and life-affirming book" --Sunday Express "Manchester-born Sethi achieves a powerful blend of memoir, travelogue and natural history as she reflects on nature, place and belonging; and at its beating heart, her book is a stirring love letter to this troubled country of ours. I find it so moving that such a beautifully written, hate-defying book has been born from such a horrific experience. I Belong Here is a shining example of how books, at their best, can be an act of resistance and a communal force for good." --The Bookseller Book of the Month/Editor's Choice review "A brilliantly accomplished mix of powerful memoir and revelatory nature writing, Sethi's account of finding solace in the Northern countryside following a traumatic racial attack is a defiant act of reclamation and an astonishing piece of testimony." --Waterstones "A powerful and moving memoir" --BBC Countryfile Magazine "I Belong Here is a brilliant, brave and important book, which tells the story of two intertwining journeys: one made on foot and the other made in the heart. Anita's is a vital and resonant voice and here she powerfully and movingly reclaims the landscape of the North as hers to love and belong in." --Robert Macfarlane "Sethi unpacks the traumatic legacy of racism, the scars her experiences have left, and the survival strategies she has learned. Fluidly balancing searing examinations of racial justice with lush descriptions of natural wonders like the waterfall gurgling in Hull Pot chasm, Sethi finds solace in her explorations of nature." --Booklist