Small bodies of water

Nina Powles

Book - 2021

"Home is many people and places and languages, some separated by oceans. Where is the place your body is anchored? Which body of water is yours? Is it that I've anchored myself in too many places at once, or nowhere at all? The answer lies somewhere between. Nina Mingya Powles first learned to swim in Borneo - where her mother was born and her grandfather studied freshwater fish. There, the local swimming pool became her first body of water. Through her life there have been others that... have meant different things, but have still been, in their own way, home: from the wild coastline of New Zealand to a pond in northwest London. This collection of essays explores the bodies of water that separate and connect us, as well as everything from migration, food, family, earthquakes, and the ancient lunisolar calendar to butterflies. In lyrical, powerful prose, Small Bodies of Water weaves together personal memories, dreams and nature writing. It reflects on a girlhood spent growing up between two cultures, and explores what it means to belong."--Publisher

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Published
London : Canongate Books Ltd 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
New Zealand author.
Physical Description
264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
1838852158
9781838852153
Main Author
Nina Powles (author)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

'A remarkable book' Robert Macfarlane'A distinctive new voice: attentive and tender' Amy Liptrot'Elegant, understated, urgent and nourishing' Jessica J. LeeHome is many people and places and languages, some separated by oceans.Nina Mingya Powles first learned to swim in Borneo – where her mother was born and her grandfather studied freshwater fish. There, the local swimming pool became her first body of water. Through her life there have been others that have meant different things, but have still been, in their own way, home: from the wild coastline of New Zealand to a pond in northwest London.This lyrical collection of interconnected essays explores the bodies of water that separate and connect us, as well as how the nature around us, wherever we are in the world, can make us feel at home. In powerful prose, Small Bodies of Water weaves together nature writing with personal memories. It reflects on a girlhood spent growing up between two cultures, and explores what it means to belong.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A lyrical, poetic essay collection that blends memoir with powerful writing on the natural world, taking us from London to New Zealand, Shanghai to Malaysia - from the winner of the Nan Shepherd Prize