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After a noisy upbringing as one of six children, and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland began to crave silence. Over the past five years, she has spent periods... Read more
After a noisy upbringing as one of six children, and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland began to crave silence. Over the past five years, she has spent periods of silence in the Sinai Desert and the Australian bush and on the Isle of Skye. She interweaves these experiences with the history of silence told through fairy tale and myth, Western and Eastern religious traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, up to the ambivalence towards silence in contemporary society. Maitland has built a hermitage on an isolated Scottish moor, and the book culminates powerfully with her experiences of silence in this new home.
A Book Of Silence Paperback edition by Sara Maitland
Sara Maitland is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughters of Jerusalem, and several non-fiction books about religion. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and currently tutors on the Distance Learning MA in creative writing for Lancaster University.
A magical exploration of the ancient landscape of forests and the ancient genre of fairytales, drawing fascinating and surprising connections between the two, by the author of the bestselling A Book Of Silence
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Performing a deft metaphorical evisceration of Sigmund Freud's classic 1919 essay that delved deeply into the tradition of horror writing, this freshly contemporary collection of literary interpretations reintroduces to the world Freud's compelling theory of das unheimliche?or, the uncanny. Specifically designed to challenge the creative boundaries of some of the most famed and respected horror...
A collection of essays about geology and the ground beneath our feet first heard on BBC Radio Three, from some of our leading landscape and nature writers. Contributors include John Burnside, Alan Garner, Linda Cracknell, Sara Maitland and Esther Woolfson.
Explores changing attitudes toward solitude throughout history, and offers experiments and strategies for overturning the cultural fear of being alone, arguing that there are benefits to spending time alone.
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For Maitland, the Scriptures, tradition, and the creation are sources of God's greatest gift to us. In "A Joyful Theology, " Maitland makes a lively exploration of creation in order to learn more about the Creator. What she finds is a God who inspires awe, who calls us to be committed to one another, and who invites us to live in joy.
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