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              A Still Life: A Memoir
               

              A Still Life: A Memoir (Hardback)

              By George, Josie

              • RRP: $41.70
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              • Internationally sourced

              The miracle is, perhaps, that I am still here - that I continue - and that despite all that's come before, I believe my life to be good. That is the truth hidden under all of this: that I am deeply happy to be alive. Josie George lives in a tiny terraced house in the urban West M...idlands with her son. Since her early childhood, she has lived with a debilitating combination of illnesses and disability. Her days are watchful, restricted and often solitary, lived out in the same circumscribed hundred metres around her home. But Josie's world is vibrant, vivid, intricate, dynamic; her small universe teems with wonder, because she has learned what to look for. The patterns of ice on a frozen puddle; the small acts of kindness between her friends at the community centre; the birds in flight at sunset; the slow changes in the morning light, in her small garden, in her growing son. In January 2018, Josie sets out to tell the story of her still life, over the course of a year. As the seasons shift, and the tides of her illness draw in and out, Josie unfurls her history: her childhood bright with promise but shadowed by illness; her painful adolescence and her hopeful coming of age; the struggle of her marriage, and the triumph of motherhood. And then a most unexpected thing happens in Josie's quiet, ordered world: she falls in love. A Still Life is a story of illness and pain that rarely sees the light: illness and pain with no end or resolution; illness and pain that we must meet with courage, ingenuity, imagination and hope. Against a world which values progress and productivity above all else, Josie sets out a quietly radical alternative: to value and treasure life for life itself, with all its great and small miracles.
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              ISBN 9781526611970
              Released NZ 4 May 2021
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              A Still Life: A Memoir
                

              A Still Life: A Memoir (Paperback)

              By George, Josie

              • RRP: $29.50
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              • Pub Date
                3 Feb 22

              'A manifesto for recalibrating' DAILY MAIL 'I can't think of many books where the reader feels so passionately on the side of the narrator' GUARDIAN 'A profound redefinition of the very idea of vitality' FINANCIAL TIMES Josie George lives in a tiny terraced house in the urban Wes...t Midlands with her son. Since her early childhood, she has lived with the fluctuating and confusing challenge of disabling chronic illness. But Josie's world is surprising, intricate, dynamic. She has learned what to look for: the routines of her friends at the community centre; the neighbourhood birds in flight; the slow changes in the morning light, in her small garden, in her growing son, in herself. In January 2018, Josie sets out to tell the story of her still life, over the course of a year. As the seasons shift, and the tides of her body draw in and out, Josie begins to unfurl her history. And against a world which values progress and productivity above all else, Josie sets out a quietly radical alternative: to value and treasure life for life itself, with all its great and small miracles. 'Full of kindness, A Still Life will make you a better person' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'A Still Life is joy-lit: vivid, lovestruck, hopeful and wise' MELISSA HARRISON 'Josie George is the kind of writer I strive to be ... A tough, tender, beautiful book about existing in a body in the world' ELLA RISBRIDGER 'Could not be more timely ... An immensely talented writer' LINDA GRANT
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              ISBN 9781526612007
              Released NZ 3 Feb 2022
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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