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Sara Baume

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Imprint: Tramp Press
Publisher: Tramp Press
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781916434257

A glimpse into the process of one Ireland's best writers, handiwork is Baume's non-fiction debut, written with the keen eye for nature and beauty as well as the extraordinary versatility Sara Baume's fans have come to expect.

4 stars out of 5

"A beautiful rendering of the passing of days"

The writing is measured and gorgeous, full of “poetic coincidences”, with a rooted awareness of self that is both free from pity and steeped in clarity. When her dad died, the swallows he knew swooped and looped, in amongst the objects he had brought into the world; birds finding sanctuary – real refuge. Her mother photographed his creations: “See the things and places in which he still lives.” Objects as ghost-traces; full of light. This is a bodily book, too: “The sickles of . . . paint . . . from . . . my fingernails mirror the row of brilliant white crescents along the living room wall – as if I am the house, or the house is me.”