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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.

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

On Sale: 11th July 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781787478657


A memoir full of heart and soul. Passionate and perceptive, Davies writes with great insight about the past, her childhood, her relationship with the sea and the land. Homesick is a moving, thoughtful and joyful book.
James Macdonald Lockhart, prize-winning author of Raptor
This book is star witness for a generation whose lives have been so injured by the housing crisis. It is funny and furious, tender and true.
Jay Griffiths, prize-winning author of Wild
Poignant, honest and very timely - a report from the edges of a fraying culture.
Paul Kingsnorth, prize-winning author of Beast
A marvel, a tonic of wildness - Homesick is a gently powerful and deeply beautiful read
Hugh Warwick, author of Linescapes
An incredibly moving book. To find peace and a sense of home between the sea and the stars after a life so profoundly affected by the housing crisis, is truly inspirational.
Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path
Superb: a compellingly readable reflection on what it means to be alive in a mortuary, free in a society of slaves, and on place, home, relationship, and our need for the surging wild. Angry and kind; poised and desperate; urgent and vital. Davies can help us all to get a life. We need her.
Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
Stirring, striking and extremely significant. A beautifully written search for freedom exploring social justice, mental health, nature and the priceless value of home.
Sam Bleakley, author of Mindfulness & Surfing
An articulate and beautifully written account from the heart of the housing disaster, told at the last point we can choose to change.
Danny Dorling, author of All that is Solid