Marram: Memories of Sea and Spider Silk (Paperback)Leonie Charlton (author)
Charlton's account of an Outer Hedbridean trek seeking closure after the death of her mother combines memoir and nature writing to stunning effect.
Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for April 2022
Seven years after her mother's death, Leonie Charlton is still gripped by memories of their fraught relationship. In May 2017, Leonie trekked through the Outer Hebrides in the company of a friend and their Highland Ponies in search of closure. When Leonie's pony has a serious accident, she begins to realise that finding peace with her mother is less important than letting go.
Leonie Charlton blends travel and nature writing with intimate memoir in this beautifully written account of grief and acceptance.
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 203 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 19 mm
‘Beautiful, meditative memoir.’ - Sunday Express
‘Her mesmerising account blends travel and nature writing as Charlton reflects on grief, catharsis and acceptance.’ - The Herald
‘Poetic.’ - Scottish Field
‘An evocative look at a mother-daughter relationship, with a Hebridean backdrop.’ - The Simple Things
‘Marram is a story about love – love for a string of windswept islands, for their people and wildlife, for a couple of shaggy ponies and for a lost and parent. With an affectionate eye for the smallest detail and an indulgent ear for the softest lament, Leonie Charlton does them all proud.’ - John Keay, author and presenter
‘Tried by nature’s elemental rawness, washed with fear and despair, Marram is Leonie Charlton’s telling of a gruelling journey as she wrestles with the ragged memories left by her mother’s untimely passing.’ - Alastair McIntosh, author of Poacher’s Pilgrimage
‘What a joy Marram is! Images of place and people flood the senses in a truly unputdownable account of two journeys intertwined. A beautiful and evocative piece of writing.’ - Karen Matheson, singer with Capercaillie
‘Leonie has conjured a memorably magical world of nature and wildlife, places and people, that lingers in the imagination long after finishing the book. You don’t have to like ponies or wild islands to enjoy reading Marram, but for those who do, this book will become a special treasure.’ - Juliet Blaxland, author of The Easternmost House
‘A huge sense of accomplishment radiates from the final pages, filling the reader with affection for the writer, for what she has endured, and the things she has learned along the way.’ - On: Yorkshire Magazine
‘Beautifully and elegantly descriptive. A wonderful read that I enjoyed a great deal.’ - Pythia Reads
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