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Poetry

The Bonniest Companie

Published in the UK by Picador

Named Saltire Scottish Book of the Year 2016

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The Bonniest Companie is a collection of 51 poems written during 2014, the year of the referendum on Scottish independence. Bestowing the award, the judges described the poems as ‘utterly relaxed and matter of fact yet profound in their implications’

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The Overhaul
Published in the UK by Picador and in the US by Graywolf Press

‘Jamie’s captivating new collection hauls the reader on a strange, profound journey – the poetic equivalent of deep-sea diving at great pressure – throughout which we find ourselves more than usually alive to how language is as moving, as endlessly transformative, as the world we
journey through by plane or boat.’
The Guardian

The Overhaul was shortlisted for the 2012 TS Eliot Prize.
It won the Costa Award for Poetry.

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Nonfiction

Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World
Published in the UK by Sort Of Books and in the US by The Experiment

“When the day ended with time for questions, I had some turning in my head . . . About ‘nature,’ mostly, which we were exhorted to reconnect with. What was it, exactly, and where did it reside?”

With her poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild places, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field in this enthralling collection of fourteen essays whose power derives from the stubborn attention she pays to everything around her. Jamie roams her native Scottish “byways and hills” and sails north to encounter whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving personal history with her scrutiny of landscape, Jamie dissects whatever her gaze falls upon—from vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges us to “Keep looking. Keep looking, even when there’s nothing much to see.”

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Findings: Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World
Published in the UK by Sort Of Books and in the US by Graywolf Press

It’s surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Kathleen Jamie, award winning poet, has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. In Findings she draws together these themes to describe travels like no other contemporary writer. Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings.

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