Following in the footsteps of Eat Pray Love, this book tells a story of radical self-discovery and hard truths, Delving even deeper, however, it explores the relationship between people and the wild, and asks the question: “how much wild exists in a human being?”
This book will entirely change your perspective on what it means to live, and will (nearly) have you packing your bags to escape to the wild.
My Year Without Matches
Pages per day: 40
Claire Dunn captured me immediately with her descriptions of this country’s dense forests and utterly unique wilderness. I don’t know if this is because I’m Australian so I can straight away identify with what she’s saying, or whether it’s because she has such an passionate relationship with the bush that she is able to describe it so intimately and beautifully that you can’t help but be captivated. I suspect it’s a bit of both.
After working for years as an environmental campaigner, Claire was one day struck by the fact that while she knew all about the forest, she didn’t have a relationship with it. Feeling like somewhat of a fraud, she made the decision to participate in a wilderness retreat, comprised of one year living in the Australian bush learning survival skills and what it means to really have a connection to the land.
The thing I loved most about this book was how raw it was. Claire is brutally honest about the hardships of living in the bush, both physically and mentally. I hold so much admiration for her, as the journey she experienced during her twelve months away is, in my eyes, completely awe-inspiring. The connection she develops with the wild is so unique and extraordinary that I am blown away, and am left contemplating my existence in nature.
My Year Without Matches is a must-read for anyone who is feeling lost, unsure, confused, curious, energetic or brave. It will shock you and rattle you, yet also comfort you in a way that only the wild can. This is truly a book that will bring with it a vast spectrum of emotion, and inspiration in abundance.
Claire’s passion and adoration for the wilderness oozes from every page, and that is what makes this book so stunning. Her unflinching accounts of the realisations she came to about herself and the world around her are hard-hitting and leave you asking questions about your own life and the way you conduct yourself. My Year Without Matches has changed my outlook on the world, and I have no doubt that I will be revisiting the pages when in need of inspiration or wisdom for a long time to come.
You can pick it up from Book Depository here, with free shipping worldwide.
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