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IN KILTUMPER by Niall Williams and Christine Breen

by: In Kiltumper

This is one of those lovely books that’s like a meditation on life. It’s about trying to live beautifully. 34 years ago, when they were in their twenties, Niall Williams and Christine Breen made the impulsive decision to leave their lives in New York City and move to Christine's ancestral home in Kiltumper in rural Ireland. In the decades that followed, the pair dedicated themselves to writing, gardening and living a life that followed the rhythms of the earth. In 2019, with Christine in the final stages of recovery from cancer, they decided to document a year of living in their garden and in their small corner of a rapidly changing world. Proceeding month by month through the year, this is the story of a garden and a couple who have made their life observing its wonders. There’s a hand-drawn map of the garden at the start and charming drawings to start every chapter.

304pp, 241 x 161 mm, Hardback, 2021, RRP £18.99