Nonfiction Book Group - Thin Places, Kerri Ní Dochartaigh

June 2022 Nonfiction

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A breathtaking mix of memoir, nature writing and history: this is Kerri ní Dochartaigh’s story of a wild Ireland, an invisible border, an old conflict and the healing power of the natural world.

Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in Derry at the very height of the Troubles. One parent was Catholic, the other Protestant. In the space of a year Kerri’s family were forced out of two homes and when she was eleven a homemade petrol bomb was thrown through her bedroom window. For families like hers, terror was in the very fabric of the city.

In Thin Places, Kerri explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, and how we are again allowing our borders to become hard and terror to creep back in. Kerri asks us to reclaim and rejoice in our landscape, and to remember that the land we fight over is much more than lines on a map.


— Robert Macfarlane

— Amy Liptrot

"Powerful, unflinching … Part hymn to nature, part Troubles memoir’"
— Guardian

Kerri ní Dochartaigh

About the Author
Kerri ní Dochartaigh is a Northern Irish writer known for her nature writings. She has published in The Guardian, The Irish Times and elsewhere, and her 2020 debut book Thin Places was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize.

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