Thunderstone

A True Story of Losing One Home and Discovering Another

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Pub Date 11 Aug 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WATERSTONES’ NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH: Fifty Words for Snow

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Can a tiny caravan provide the space to rebuild a life?

‘Life-affirming, soul-shaking, heart-breaking… A book that reminds us what it means to be alive.’ Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places

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‘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.

As summer begins, Nancy embraces the challenge of how to live well in a space in which possessions and emotions often threaten to tumble – clearing industrial junk from the soil to help wild beauty flourish. But when illness and uncertainty loom once more, it is this van anchored in the woods, and the unconventional friendships forged off -grid, that will bring her solace and hope.

An intimate journal across the space of a defining summer, Thunderstone is celebration of the people and places that hold us when the storms gather; an invitation to approach life with imagination and to embrace change bravely.

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‘In this beautiful memoir Campbell traces a season of upheaval, grief and uncertainty as she makes a home in an unusual place . . . An uplifting, heart-filled read full of hope and love.’ Lulah Ellender, author of Grounding

‘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, author of Adventures in Human Being

‘A courageous, compassionate, uncanny chronicle of life and loss on the fringes. Striking in its candour, brilliant in its breadth, often very funny.’ Dan Richards, author of Outpost

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WATERSTONES’ NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH: Fifty Words for Snow

___

Can a tiny caravan provide the space to rebuild a life?

‘Life-affirming, soul-shaking, heart-breaking… A...


Advance Praise

‘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

‘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...


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ISBN 9781783966578
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