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Sixty Degrees North

Around the World in Search of Home

Sixty Degrees North by Malachy Tallack
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a brave book . . . and a beautiful book' - ROBERT MAC FARLA NE 'Malachy Tallack is the real deal, a writer given over to pure curiosity, honest witness and that most precious of gifts, an unselfconscious sense of wonder . . . not just a vibrant new voice, but a wise, questioning and highly sophisticated talent' - JOHN BURNSIDE 'A beautifully written meld of travel writing, natural history and personal memoir . . . a remarkable odyssey' - THE BOOKSELLER Sixty Degrees North is a deeply personal examination of who we are, of the landscapes that truly shape us and what it means to be at home. The sixtieth parallel marks a borderland between the northern and southern worlds. Wrapping itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway, it crosses the tip of Greenland and the southern coast of Alaska, and slices the great expanses of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life. In Sixty Degrees North, Tallack travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory. Sixty Degrees North is an intimate book, one that begins with the author's loss of his father and his own troubled relationship with Shetland, and concludes with an acceptance of loss and an embrace - ultimately a love - of the place he calls home.
Birlinn; July 2015
256 pages; ISBN 9780857908780
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Title: Sixty Degrees North
Author: Malachy Tallack
 

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