Thunderstone by Nancy Campbell
An intimate journal across the space of a defining summer, Nancy Campbell's memoir is celebration of the people and places that hold us when the storms gather; a soul-shaking journey that reminds us what it is to be alive.
'It was believed lightning would not strike a house that held a thunderstone. And so these fossils were placed on top of clocks, under floorboards, over stable doors . . . But there are some storms that thunderstones cannot prevent.'
In the wake of a traumatic lockdown, Nancy Campbell buys an old caravan and drives it into a strip of neglected woodland between a canal and railway. It is the first home she has ever owned.
As summer begins, Nancy embraces the challenge of how to live well in a space in which possessions and emotions often threaten to tumble - clearing industrial junk from the soil to help wild beauty flourish. But when illness and uncertainty loom once more, it is this van anchored in the woods, and the unconventional friendships forged off -grid, that will bring her solace and hope.
'A beautiful and often very funny account of hope and healing in the face of illness and uncertainty.' TLS
'How to find beauty and wonder even in the most trying of circumstances' The Scotsman
Imprint: Elliot & Thompson Ltd
Publication Date: 6/4/23