The Stubborn Light of Things by Melissa Harrison: a strong contender for your Christmas list

If The Stubborn Light of Things was an object other than a book, it would be a wooden countryside gate, drifting open at the gentlest of touches to let you onto the path beyond. Nature-writing is a tricksy beast of a genre. I find myself less enamoured as time goes by of the books that … Continue reading The Stubborn Light of Things by Melissa Harrison: a strong contender for your Christmas list

How to Befriend Your Octopus

I re-subscribed to Netflix so I could be enchanted by My Octopus Teacher, a documentary about a South African filmmaker’s bond with a wild octopus. She is the opposite of a mammal; cool-blooded, boneless. And yet. She has intelligence – or at least, an intelligence that our own intelligence is primed to recognise. Curiosity. Playfulness. … Continue reading How to Befriend Your Octopus

Isolation Thoughts (3): If, If, If

My Outlook calendar is in an alternate reality to me. Island Holiday! Sophie’s birthday party. Hike! Book group. Mike’s birthday party. Kat? Lido. Pack up flat. Cheddar Gorge Trip. Leaving drinks. In physics, the many-worlds interpretation holds that for each decision you make, a parallel reality hives off. Branches away. I've always been an If? … Continue reading Isolation Thoughts (3): If, If, If