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Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape (Paperback)
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Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape (Paperback)

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Published: 03/07/2014
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From Jay Griffiths, the author of the award-winning Wild comes a passionate polemic defence of childhood

'Her work isn't just good -- it's necessary' Philip Pullman

In Kith, Jay Griffiths 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, she explores how children's affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood.

It is a journey deep into the heart of what it means to be a child, and it is central to all our experiences, young and old.

'An impassioned, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright. We must hear it and act on it before it is too late' Iain McGilchrist

'Jay Griffiths writes with such richness and mischief about the one thing that could truly save the world: its children'
KT Tunstall

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141039459
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Griffiths' understanding of how it feels to be a child is extraordinary, and her writing is as vivid as poetry * Mail on Sunday *
I didn't just read this book; I revelled in it. Playful and polemical, emotional and imaginative. As vital as play itself * Independent *
A subterranean book. We excavate it to refind the secrets of childhood, our own, and many other childhoods in times and places far from ours -- John Berger
Kith could have been written by no-one but Jay Griffiths. It is ablaze with her love of the physical world and her passionate moral sense that goodness and a true relation with nature are intimately connected. She has the same visionary understanding of childhood that we find in Blake and Wordsworth, and John Clare would have read her with delight. Her work isn't just good -- it's necessary -- Philip Pullman

Jay Griffiths writes with such richness and mischief about the one thing that could truly save the world: its children

-- K. T. Tunstall
An impassioned, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright. We must hear it and act on it before it is too late -- Iain McGilchrist
Scintillating, passionate, supremely honest. Adults and children need more books like this * Literary Review *
Jay Griffiths is one of our most poetic and passionate critics of the ways of civilisation. Provocative, illuminating and shamelessly romantic -- Theodore Zeldin

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“.....like seeds, grew best unobserved in good black earth...”

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To quote Jay Griffiths: .... "and our mother, a gardener, thought that children, like seeds, grew best unobserved in good black earth, so in daffodils we were crazy with yellow and by autumn we were brown and... More

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