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By Jay Griffiths


An Elemental Journey

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Wild by Jay Griffiths

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for World Book Day: Spread the Word Book to Talk About 2009.
  • Shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2008.

Book Description

I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and part a deathly bleakness. I got ill, I got well. I went to the freedom fighters of West Papua and sang my head off in their highlands. I met cannibals infinitely kinder and more trustworthy than the murderous missionaries who evangelize them. I anchored a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; ate witchetty grubs and visited sea gypsies. I found a paradox of wildness in the glinting softness of its charisma, for what is savage is in the deepest sense gentle and what is wild is kind. In the end - a strangely sweet result - I came back to a wild home...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141006444
ISBN-10: 0141006447
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Seeks to discover why we deny our children the freedoms of space, time and the natural world. Visiting communities as far apart as West Papua and the Arctic, as well as the UK, and delving into history, philosophy, language and literature, this book explores how children's affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood.

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Author Biography - Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths was born in Manchester in 1965. She is the author of Pip Pip, Wild, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon and Kith. She won the Orion Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the World Book Day award. Jay is a contributor to various publications and platforms including the Guardian, London Review of Books and the Radiolab podcast. Her most recent book is Tristimania.

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