Sixty Degrees North: Book summary and reviews of Sixty Degrees North by Malachy Tallack

Sixty Degrees North

Around the World in Search of Home

by Malachy Tallack

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Sixty Degrees North by Malachy Tallack
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2016
    352 pages
    Genre: Travel & Adventure

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From the northern wilds of Greenland and Scotland to the far away reaches of Scandinavia and Siberia, a moving meditation on the allure of travel and the meaning of home.

The sixtieth parallel marks a borderland between the northern and southern worlds. Wrapping itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, it crosses the tip of Greenland and the southern coast of Alaska, and slices the great expanses of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life.

In Sixty Degrees North, Tallack travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory.

An intimate journey of the heart and mind, Sixty Degrees North begins with the author's loss of his father and his own troubled relationship with Shetland, and concludes with an embrace of the place he calls home.

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"Starred Review. An enthralling meditation on place." - Kirkus

"Readers interested in the regions and peoples around the 60th parallel will be drawn to this work." - Library Journal

"A subtle, thoughtful study of life on the sixtieth parallel. Highly enjoyable." - The Financial Times (UK)

"Tallack is one of a burgeoning group of young travel writers who have reinvigorated the genre with elements of psychogeography: the study of how places make us feel." - The Guardian (UK)

"It is a brave book...and a beautiful book." - Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

"Malachy Tallack is the real deal, a writer given over to pure curiosity, honest witness and that most precious of gifts, an unselfconscious sense of wonder. Not just a vibrant new voice, but a wise, questioning and highly sophisticated talent." - John Burnside, author of Waking Up in Toytown: A Memoir

"Elegant, meditative, and wry. Tallack takes the reader on some fascinating excursions." - Gavin Francis, author of True North: Travels in Arctic Europe

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Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack has written for the New Statesman,The Guardian, the Scottish Review of Books and many other publications. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014 and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. As a singer-songwriter, he has released four albums and an EP, and performed in venues across the United Kingdom. He is editor of the online magazine The Island Review and co-editor of Fair Isle: Through the Seasons. He is from Shetland and currently lives in Glasgow.

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