by Jenny Diski - £8.99 Virago Press Ltd (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781844080168 | ISBN 10: 1844080161
Jenny Diski's attempt to keep still and mentally idle resulted in a year in which she travelled to New Zealand, spent two months almost alone in a cottage in the country and visited the S mi people of Lapland.
Diski failed to keep still and like the philosopher Montaigne, kept a record of her ramblings both mental and physical hoping - as he did - in time to make her mind ashamed of itself.
Interspersed with ill-tempered descriptions of these trips are digressions on the subject of her sore foot; thoughts about growing older, spiders, fundamentalism and the problems of keeping warm.
"This hazy grip on who she is, on where she ends and where the world begins - combined with her exceptional skill at moving words around on the page until they spark - allows her access to the furthest reaches of human consciousness in this remarkable, original, often funny, truly moving journey."
(Anita Sethi, Independent on Sunday)
(Price & availability last checked: June 2018)