Belonging

Natural histories of place, identity and home

Amanda Thomson

Belonging by Amanda Thomson (Hardback ISBN 9781838854720) book cover

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Reflections on family, history, identity, place and nature, from acclaimed writer and artist Amanda Thomson

Reflecting on family, identity and nature, Belonging is a personal memoir about what it is to have and make a home. It is a love letter to nature, especially the northern landscapes of Scotland and the Scots pinewoods of Abernethy – home to standing dead trees known as snags, which support the overall health of the forest.

Belonging is a book about how we are held in thrall to elements of our past. It speaks to the importance of attention and reflection, and will encourage us all to look and observe and ask questions of ourselves.

Beautifully written and featuring Amanda Thomson’s artwork and photography throughout, it explores how place, language and family shape us and make us who we are.


“A beautifully written meditation on rural surroundings and her place within them”
sunday Times

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“Amanda Thomson’s new book manages to carve out a distinctive niche for itself … This is a passionate book and infused with a sense of rootedness”
Stuart Kelly
the Scotsman

“One of the best things I have read in ages … Quiet and beautiful and powerful”
Alys Fowler

“Thomson writes of the natural in a way I have yet to encounter before. There is no real hoo-haa, no flowery description of which to speak yet somehow, I came away with that ache inside me — that renewed obsession with the world that is only borne of a very particular kind of writing — poetic, loving, raw … Like no other”
Kerri Ní Dochartaigh
caught By The River

“A thoughtful and intricate meditation on many things: Scotland’s settlements and how those intertwine with the country’s natural landscape, the connections and disconnections between family and home, and the fine line between what is nature and what is art … A pleasure to read”
the Skinny


Amanda Thomson

Amanda Thomson is a Scottish writer and visual artist, and a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. Her first book, A Scots Dictionary of Nature, was published in 2018. She has spoken at many book festivals and had her work published in Antlers of Water, Willowherb Review, The Wild Isles, Gifts of Gravity and Light and the Guardian. She lives and works in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands and Glasgow.

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