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Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed | CATRINA. DAVIES
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The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home. 'Incredibly moving. To find peace and a sense of home after a life so profoundly affected by the housing crisis, is truly inspirational' Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with four other adults and a child. Working several jobs and never knowing if she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart. Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, in the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decides to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security torn apart; now, she resolves to make a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own. With the freedom to write, surf and make music, Catrina rebuilds the shed and, piece by piece, her own sense of self. On the border of civilisation and wilderness, between the woods and the sea, she discovers the true value of home, while trying to find her place in a fragile natural world. This is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature. It shows how housing can trap us or set us free, and what it means to feel at home.
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It‘s often harrowing. She‘s a wonderful writer. ‘I listened to the storm blow itself out, huddling in the sleeping bag with my hot-water bottle. The shed was still rattling, only much less violently now. I felt a growing sense of well-being. I was warm (thanks to the hot-water bottle) and (mostly) dry. My shelter was still standing. For the first time in a long time, in spite of the fact that sleeping in the shed was illegal... I felt safe.‘

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Velvetfur I really like the sound of this from the synopsis....stacked! 👍 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 💙 3mo
batsy This is really pretty! 3mo
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Severnmeadows @velvetfur I hope you enjoy it 😊 3mo
Severnmeadows @Betsy @Cathythoughts Yes! It could be the cover for Far from the Madding Crowd, but the first few chapters I‘ve read are full of a modern kind of frustration and worries - but it‘s very good. 3mo
sudi Beautiful 😍 3mo
readordierachel Ooh, that's lovely 3mo
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