Book Corner 2023.7

by Amy Liptrot

This is about the author’s alcoholism. She’s from Orkney and returns there for a year when she’s in her 30s or thereabouts and her life has been destroyed by alcohol. Orkney, off the northern tip of the Scottish mainland, is small and isolated to begin with, and she spends a winter on one island that is particularly small and isolated, living alone in a cottage. This is the part of the book that most appealed to me, having Hermit Envy. The descriptions of Orkney only made sense to me because I’ve seen Iceland.

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