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60 Degrees North

Around the World in Search of Home

By Malachy Tallack

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: Maps, 16pp colour plates
Published In: United Kingdom, 06 June 2016
60 Degrees North is a story that we tell, both to ourselves and to others. It is a story about where - and perhaps also who - we are.'The sixtieth parallel marks a kind of borderland. It wraps itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway; it crosses the tip of Greenland and of South-central Alaska; it cuts the great spaces of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, at the very top of the British Isles. In 60 Degrees North, Malachy Tallack explores the places that share this latitude, beginning and ending in Shetland, where he has spent most of his life. The book focuses on the landscapes and natural environments of the parallel, and the way that people have interacted with those landscapes. It explores themes of wildness and community, of isolation and engagement, of exile and memory.

About the Author

Malachy Tallack has written for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Scottish Review of Books, Caught By the River and many other publications, online and in print. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. He is from Shetland, and currently lives in Glasgow.

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'it's a joy to read, its prose as clear as the light on the Greenland ice-cap. In the past year, I've read three or four books combining travelogue and memoir...this was the best' - Telegraph; 'Malachy is a fine, sensitive writer with an eye for detail and a talent for descriptive prose' - Gavin Bell, Herald; 'Tallack does travelogue well, acutely balancing fact and fancy, and he has a nicely febrile line in his own vulnerability' - Will Self, Guardian

EAN: 9781846973420
ISBN: 1846973422
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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