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Kathleen Jamie
Kathleen Jamie Published in September 22, 2018, 9:35 pm



Stewart M
Stewart M Reply to on 24 May 2013
This is a gentle book, which explores aspects of both the natural and man-made environments. Scottish to the core, but with an eye for things that are more world-wide, Kathleen Jamie has a wonderful turn of phrase and a eye for detail.

If you like contemplative, slow moving, walks through interesting places then this may be the book for you. There are no major cliffs to be scales, no desperate snowy landscapes, just accessible places where most readers could walk, but most probably wont.

The contemplation of darkness, peregrines, the endless call of invisible corncrakes and a collection of preserved anatomical specimens all provide a landscape for exploration. (With this last topic being, surprisingly, one of the best sections in the book).

I don't think this book says anything particularly new, but it does use some rather wonderful prose to explore familiar ground.

Highly recommended.
Adam Smith
Adam Smith Reply to on 11 March 2014
I was slightly sceptical when I ordered this book, I couldn't quite work out what to expect, whether it would be primarily nature writing, a travelogue or biography. It turns out it was a wonderfully melded blend of all three. The prose is beautiful as you would expect from a poet but it is also informative and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed her walk across the flotsam-scattered dunes of the Western Isles and her descriptions of Edinburgh's urban nature.

I really enjoyed reading someone else who noticed nature in a way I can relate to and who is able to describe it in a way that is not verbose or technical but somewhere in between. It certainly made my bus rides through Hampshire a little more wild and entertaining.
Half Man, Half Book
Half Man, Half Book Reply to on 15 June 2013
There is something about the way that Jamie writes that captivates and immerses you in the subject that she writes about.

This book is no exception to that.

The subject, or short essays, that are in this book are not exclusively about the natural world, but most are. As she writes on the matter at hand, I feel her passion and her strengths, her weakness and doubts, and all the time I am amazed by the attention to detail that she has in her prose. It doesn't seem to make any difference whether she is writing about peregrines or her husbands fever, you feel alongside, seeing the things that she has seen, feeling the wind and smelling the sea.

This is effortless, exquisite reading.
Alex Gray
Alex Gray Reply to on 13 November 2011
Findings by Kathleen Jamie is a beautiful, lyrical journey into the world of a poet. Jamie's prose captures moments from her own life and patient observation of the world aroound her in equal measure. What makes this slim volume stand out from so many others is the writer's effortless ability to find the right words to convey her feelings. Less is always more and the apposite word and image to show the reader a hawk in flight or the view above the capital are used without forcing the language. Instead it is as if Jamie has been gifted with a greater store of words than the average mortal. There are parts that I would rather not have seen, exhibits in a museum that had less appeal for me than for Jamie but the wanderings over hill and dale, the sightings of birds, the findings of the title, did make this a very special little book.
Anna D
Anna D Reply to on 1 April 2015
Each chapter takes one somewhere different, lead by this most engaging of Scotland's younger writers. Her sensitive perceptivity will make you think again about places you may already know, and also lead you to ones you did not realise were there. At the same time you have to admire her warm, adventurous and imaginative spirit, that never looses its grip on reality.
C. J. Tyler
C. J. Tyler Reply to on 17 November 2012
Please do not draw my attention to any more books like this. I've only just come down from reading "Sightlines" and you offer me this. They both look great on the Kindle and the format suits the text.
This is another book to be savoured. Even if you don't have the opportunity to have adventures like Ms Jamie, even if you can't go out at all, these books will give you some of the pleasure of that experience. They have also made me think more reflectively on what I see around me every day.
Very highly recommended.
John Bailey
John Bailey Reply to on 20 November 2012
I bought 'Findings' just because the description looked interesting and as it was A Daily Deal',no problem if I did not like it.
What I received was not a book of poetry, but a collection of several essays. Any way, I decided to start reading it. Soon I realised the intensity of observation of the writer not to mention the many ways she viewed the subject she was writing about.
Surely these essays would provide the inspiration for many poems. (Perhaps they already have) What an insight into the workings of thew mind of the author.
It certainly pays to keep an eye on 'The Daily Deal'
Ian Noble
Ian Noble Reply to on 18 December 2012
As a recent retiree from England but with a 'Fifer' father and a base in Perth I am enjoying exploring the area very much more having read Kathleen's beautifully written and expressed book. I have taken to carrying binoculars with me and will think of her as I look towards where she must live from my much loved vantage of Kinnoul Tower. If you read this review,Kathleen, I do hope that in due course you will come to know what tremendous joy can be found in gratitude to our loving God who I believe created all the beauty around us. In the meantime thank you for opening my eyes even further.
Malteser Reply to on 17 March 2013
Not quite what I thought it would be but in a very nice way!

I think this is a book that different people would describe in very different ways.

For me, I enjoyed the beauty of the described environments (each chapter is a different episode).
It was so evoctive and gave an insight into a new way of life and new things.

I totally recommend it to anyone to try and I would happily give it as a gift in the hope that the recipient got some of the enjoyment I experienced.
Kate Reply to on 14 August 2018
My mum was so happy when she saw that I had got her this book for her birthday.
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