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Cacophony of Bone

Cacophony of Bone

Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Canongate

2023

Hardcover with dust jacket

9781838856281

22.5 x 14.5 x 2.7

304 pages

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When Kerri and her partner M moved to a small, remote railway cottage in the heart of Ireland they were looking for a home, somewhere to stay put. What followed was a year unlike any other.

Cacophony of Bone maps the circle of that year – a journey from one place to another, field notes of a life – from one winter to the next. It is a telling of a changed life, in a changed world – and it is about all that does not change. All that which simply keeps on – living and breathing, nesting and dying – in spite of it all.

This is an ode to a year, a place, and a love, that changed a life.


Praise:

“[A] generous, glowing book. ní Dochartaigh is on intimate terms with the natural world … [and] Cacophony of Bone is distinctly innovative in form. This attention to form is a considerable narrative achievement. It [… ] persuades the reader to look, assess and imagine afresh” - Irish Times

“Raw, visionary, lucid and mystical, Cacophony of Bone speaks of the connection between all things, and the magic that can be found in everyday life” - Katherine May

“The delight of ní Dochartaigh’s writing is her capacity to measure compassion against observation. Her wisdom is like water — too strong, and too elusive, to be hooked … This is the book’s power — that it fills the needs of the person who stands before it … It is a book that creeps into the reader” - Caught By The River

“This is a brilliant second book from a unique and deeply gifted writer who constantly renews our sense of the natural world and the landscape of the heart” - Kevin Barry
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