- Elliott & Thompson (UK & Commonwealth)
‘A beautiful memoir of one small plot of land and one complex human mind.’ Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun
‘So many readers will find themselves in these pages.’ Katherine May, author of Wintering
‘A timely reflection on what it means to be human, and the redemptive power of nature.’ Charlotte Philby
When we find ourselves lost, we all need something to hold on to – to hope for…
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 where she begins to uncover the hidden layers of her plot's history – and of herself. As a new year arrives, offering a life-changing diagnosis and then a global crisis, the smallholding has become her anchor and her family's shelter – a way to keep herself earthed.
‘So good – tender and penetrating and beautiful – that I just want to tell everyone.’ Lucy Mangan
‘A stunner. Full of wisdom about the world we are all looking at with new eyes.’ Emma Freud
‘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 much-needed story of resilience drawing on the histories of the people who have gone before and to whom this land once belonged.’ Dr Pragya Agarwal, author of Sway