A True Story of Losing One Home and Discovering Another
by Nancy Campbell
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Pub Date 11 Aug 2022 | Archive Date Not set
Can a tiny vehicle provide the space to rebuild a life?
Thunderstone: a sculpted & fearless memoir from the award-winning author of Fifty Words for Snow - a Waterstones Book of the Month.
‘It was believed lightning would not strike a house that held a thunderstone. And so these fossils were placed on top of clocks, under floorboards, over stable doors... But there are some storms that thunderstones cannot prevent.’
In the wake of a traumatic lockdown, Nancy Campbell buys an old caravan and drives it into a strip of neglected woodland between a canal and railway. It is the first home she has ever owned. It will not move again.
As summer begins, Nancy embraces the challenge of how to live well in a space in which possessions and emotions often threaten to tumble. And as illness and uncertainty loom once more, it is this anchored van that will bring her solace and hope.
An intimate journal across the span of a defining summer, Thunderstone is a celebration of transformation; an invitation to approach life with imagination and to embrace change bravely.
‘A memoir of great honesty and clarity, intimacy and subtlety… It asks profound questions about how to live through the storms of life with authenticity.’ Gavin Francis
‘A courageous, compassionate, uncanny chronicle of life & loss on the fringes.’ Dan Richards, author of Outpost
‘Any book by Nancy Campbell has to be worth reading.’ Dervla Murphy
‘A writer of quiet strength, clarity and empathy, with a traveller's eye for detail and the precision of a poet.’ Nick Hunt, author of Outlandish
‘Humbling, humorous and exquisite. Her words dazzle like mica in the flow of a muddy river.’ Sarah Thomas, author of The Raven's Nest
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