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About the Author
Kathleen Jamie, in 2021 named the National Poet of Scotland, is the author of four books of poetry and three nonfiction titles, including Sightlines and, most recently, Surfacing. Her many other awards and honors include the 2017 Royal Geographic Society Ness Award, conferred upon Jamie "for outstanding creative writing at the confluence of travel, nature and culture"; the 2013 Costa Book Award; as well as numerous prestigious poetry awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, Forward Poetry Prize of the Year, and Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award (twice). She lives in Fife, Scotland.
Winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the John Burroughs Association 2014 Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book
Winner of the Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2013

"Kathleen Jamie has built a writing life around paying attention. The 14 personal essays in Sightlines include explorations--methodically reported and lyrically written--of secluded places like a cave in Spain whose walls are covered with prehistoric art, and the remote island of Rona in northern Scotland.-- "The New York Times"
[Kathleen] Jamie may remind American readers of Annie Dillard for essays that explore the wilderness in detail but find power in the connections the writers make between what they observe in the wild and the way we live our daily lives. . . . The writing is exquisite.-- "Cleveland Plain-Dealer"
Some nature writing is brilliantly grounded in its author's voice. That's very much the case with Kathleen Jamie's Sightlines.-- "InsideHook, a top 20 best nature book of the 2000's"
A lyrical work of profound insight.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Award-winning Scottish poet and essayist Jamie writes of her immersions in nature and history in 14 finely tooled, scrubbed, rinsed, and polished essays. . . . So fully does she give herself over to all that she witnesses, so unexpected are her perceptions, that Jamie's lustrous essays recharge our appreciation not only for the world's beauty and mystery but also for the gift poetic writers such as Jamie possess for translating sensory input into gloriously calibrated, revelatory language.-- "Booklist"
This intelligent collection of 14 essays, informed by science and myth, heightened attention, and cultural dreams, is written with Scots brogue, language, and attitude that will give American readers a fresh view of nature.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Kathleen Jamie's Sightlines dissects the natural world with precision, humor, and love. The essays in this book not only inspire us to look more closely, but also have the power to open us up to a new kind of emotional experience of the planet.--Orion Magazine editors, from the awards citation for the 2014 Orion Book Award for Nonfiction
Kathleen Jamie's Sightlines, a collection of brilliant and enticing essays about natural phenomena, tingles with life. John Berger called her a 'sorceress, ' and so she is.--Diana Athill, author of Somewhere Towards the End
The dance of Jamie's words enacts the mind in motion as it moves between the shifting, shimmering processes of nature and art.-- "The Guardian"
Jamie's prose is exquisite, yet never indulgent. . . . This is a book that will stay with you, as its sights and sounds have stayed with its writer. [A] work of intense purity and quiet genius, and we're lucky to have it.-- "The Sunday Telegraph"
A haunting new collection from one of our finest nature writers . . . . Immensely beguiling. There are piquant descriptions that stop you in your tracks . . . . but the real power of the writing derives from the steady increment of detail and the honesty of her responses to the natural world.-- "The Sunday Times (London)"
Her written words make readers see with a clarity bestowed by only a few most gifted writers. . . . It is not often that the prose of a poet is as powerful as her verse, but Jamie's is. There are people uninterested in books about remote places and wild creatures; but to the rest of us [this book] will be a treasure.-- "Literary Review"
There is such a precision, of both thinking and seeing, displayed in these works that you would have to be a very obtuse kind of reader not to realize that Jamie is a poet.-- "The Scotsman"
At which point I put the book down again and thought: 'I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think, like that.' It's like this pretty much all the way through.--Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
This is a lovely book, full of gentle joy and anger and an almost spiritual wonder for and affinity with the natural world. It is written in crystalline language that enhances perception, and explores the essence, ultimately, of our human existence in relation to the rest of the natural world.-- "Words with Jam"