Accidentals Cover

Format: Hardback
Price: £12.99
Available: 15 December 2020

ISBN: 9781911293521
Format: E-Book
Price: £5.99
Available: 19 December 2020

Following on from the evocation of childhood and family in Sift (Impress Books, 2010), Accidentals celebrates occasions and instances seen in the perspective of a whole lifetime, bringing together a disparate range of subjects among them, capsizing a small boat in a North Sea gale; two visits to Petra, thirty-eight years apart; the paintings of Samuel Palmer; lighthouses; favourite films; seahorses; Voltaire’s Candide. Enriched by Erica Sail’s drawings and some of the author’s poems, the book still keeps at its centre a single life lived one where, as Lawrence Sail writes, ‘the role of the accidental, in more than one sense of the word, has been much more prominent than I had realised […] A life in which the contingent plays such a part may come closer to farce more often than its leaseholder would like to admit, but at least the admission may ward off hubris’.


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