After moving to a countryside smallholding, Rebecca Schiller finds her family’s new life is far from simple. Overwhelmed by what she has taken on and reeling from the turmoil in the wider world, her mind begins to unravel.
And so she turns to her two acres, and to the women of this land’s past, searching for answers and hope. Here, she stumbles on a wild space of imaginative leaps, where she begins to uncover the hidden layers of her plot’s history – and of herself. As the season’s shift, the ground under Rebecca’s boots offers hard lessons, delivering unflinching glimpses of damage done to peoples and the planet and revealing brutal truths about the seeds she holds in her hands.
Yet as a New Year arrives, offering a life-changing diagnosis and then a global pandemic, Rebecca begins to move forwards with understanding: the smallholding has become her anchor and her family’s shelter; an ancient oak tree her talisman and her guide. Because when we find ourselves lost in a strange land, we all need something to hold on to – a way to keep ourselves earthed. ***’A powerfully confessional memoir that excavates important truths about our lives, our selves and our dreams – and what happens when we have to let go.’ Clover Stroud, author of My Wild and Sleepless Nights ‘Incredibly bold, brave, poetic and absolutely beautiful.
The “how I moved to a field and had a breakdown book” that desperately needed to be written.’ Sophie Heawood, author of The Hungover Games ‘A book interwoven with many difficult and beautiful things: breakdown and worry alongside women and interconnectedness; poppies and eggs beside struggle and confusion…
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