The Story Of A Personal Housing Crisis That Led To A Discovery Of The True Value Of Home LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE You Will Marvel At The Beauty Of This Book, And Rage At The Injustice It Reveals George Monbiot Incredibly Moving To Find Peace And A Sense Of Home After A Life So Profoundly Affected By The Housing Crisis, Is Truly Inspirational Raynor Winn, Author Of The Salt Path Aged Thirty One, Catrina Davies Was Renting A Box Room In A House In Bristol, Which She Shared With Four Other Adults And A Child Working Several Jobs And Never Knowing If She Could Make The Rent, She Felt Like She Was Breaking Apart Homesick For The Landscape Of Her Childhood, In The Far West Of Cornwall, Catrina Decides To Give Up The Box Room And Face Her Demons As A Child, She Saw Her Family And Their Security Torn Apart Now, She Resolves To Make A Tiny, Dilapidated Shed A Home Of Her OwnWith The Freedom To Write, Surf And Make Music, Catrina Rebuilds The Shed And, Piece By Piece, Her Own Sense Of Self On The Border Of Civilisation And Wilderness, Between The Woods And The Sea, She Discovers The True Value Of Home, While Trying To Find Her Place In A Fragile Natural WorldThis Is The Story Of A Personal Housing Crisis And A Country Wide One, Grappling With Class, Economics, Mental Health And Nature It Shows How Housing Can Trap Us Or Set Us Free, And What It Means To Feel At Home

8 thoughts on “Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed

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    I came across this book after reading a review in The Guardian As a Cornishman about to return to my native county after decades living elsewhere I was naturally intrigued The description of the Penwith landscape is memorable, as is her connection with the sea and her love of the natural world which her shed brings her intimately in contact with.She threads references to Thoreau s Walden which a reading of her book has returned me to thank you with an exploration of the current housing shortage This is given particular poignancy by her own experience of being a member of generation rent.The book is admirably frank about how her personal circumstances brought her back to her battered but much loved shelter on the far cliffs of the peninsula where she had been brought up Even a highly articulate, Cambridge educated woman with the talent and energy to write two well received books, as well as her musical achievements, can find herself in a position of near destitution in austerity Britain She can give voice to this while thousands of others live in silent penury as we return to near Edwardian conditions of slum housing under a far right Conservative Party which has lost its remaining vestiges of care for the least fortunate.Well worth reading and re reading particularly for someone who left the county 40 years ago for university and work A salutary and timely reminder of the challenges so many of the younger generation face.

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    This is thoroughly readable and very touching account of the author s fight to find time and space to pursue her creativity and find herself It is a damning indictment of the lack of fair housing policies in this country If one woman has to live in a shed in order to find time and space to pursue her undoubted talent it makes me wonder how much creativity and entrepreneurial spirit we are stifling as a country by keeping vast swathes of our population tied to working long hours simply to service insecure accommodation The book also touches on how we find, recognise and live by our values, both personally and as a society This is an important and well written book by a keenly intelligent writer and deep thinker worthy of an honorary doctorate in my opinion.

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    I saw the author talking about her new book from her shed on my local television news programme, and I was so intrigued by her story I went and bought her book immediately for my kindle The author lives in the far West of Cornwall, and having spent most of her life there, she is able to talk honestly, painfully and truthfully about what it is like living in a low wage high priced housing economy, driven by tourism and lack of central government infrastructure spending.She writes well from the heart, the soul, but not without realistic objectives and thought She links in problems in our modern lives climate change, incompetent politicians, second home ownership, poor pay, lack of structured career path and not fitting in to current society.I can relate to all of these, and have experienced them all too The issues she raises are ones which are set to deteriorate rapidly over the next few years, particularly household debt, unemployment, over development, species decline and the unrelenting speed of life.Even if you cannot relate to the author s experiences, you need to stop, read this book, and take time to assess your life We all do Now.

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    This is an excellent book Having really enjoyed Cats previous book Ribbons are for Fearlessness , an account of her busking adventures around Europe, I had no choice but to order Homesick Her writing style is slick and relaxed, making the transition from chapter to chapter easy and engaging Her views on the ongoing housing crisis is spot on and pushes the panic button for me, worrying about how my children will cope Cornwall has specific housing problems, easily seen if you visit Mousehole in winter and count the lights on in the houses.not many If you are looking for an excellent read, from a new writer, get this Cheers.

  5. says:

    This wonderful book is a vivid and personal account of the authors determination to not just survive, but to find meaning and a home in a world that often values just one thing.While raw capitalism trudges the world and it s inhabitants towards an environmental, spiritual and social precipice, this account of one womans courage, gives voice to many.The deep philosophy conveyed in the writing is beautifully understated and portrayed though simple, lived experience Without straying into politics, this book illuminates some simple, burning truths and offers solutions and inspiration and is a pleasure to read.

  6. says:

    i loved this book and read it in a day, as a canal boat dwelling dad who sometimes has doubts about choices ive made, this book really re affirmed that the house mortgage dream is not what it was.

  7. says:

    I couldn t put this down It really made me think about what is important in life a mind opening read.

  8. says:

    The Hard graft of a Woman who just wants to feel safe, finding herself in a selfish world when she is very talented and just wants to find a niche so say lots of us of her Era.