My July choice for The Year in Books was Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a memoir that I very much enjoyed, and followed with The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, memoir combined with nature writing set on the Scottish island of Orkney. It was starkly honest and hauntingly redemptive. This month’s book is Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin. Having written, many years ago, about the figure of the flaneur in both my undergraduate and Masters dissertations, I was fascinated to come across this feminist re-imagining of the concept, a book about the relationship between women, the city and creativity.
Last month, for the third summer in a row, I had the pleasure of attending the Sisterhood Camp summer retreat. This year’s camp was held at fforest in Wales, on the edge on the Teifi marshes nature reserve, a location that I was happy to return to after last year’s family adventure and November’s frosty Sisterhood winter retreat.
My most recent choice for The Year in Books was A Writer’s Diary, Leonard Woolf’s selection of extracts from the diary of Virginia Woolf. I’m still slowly working my way though it, marvelling at Woolf’s incredible mastery of language, fascinated by the stories from her everyday life. In June, although I didn’t record it here, I read The Gifts of Reading, an essay by Robert Macfarlane that I selected as my book choice for the Sisterhood Camp Book Group, a short but thought-provoking book which prompted captivating discussions during our campfire conversation. During that same book group, my book choice for July was recommended to me- Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild.