This is a special Signed Edition, and has very limited quantity available

Cacophony of Bone Signed Edition

Kerri ni Dochartaigh author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:4th May '23


Available to order, but very limited on stock - if we have issues obtaining a copy, we will let you know.

This hardback is available in another edition too:

A lyrical and captivating meditation on nature, time and the meaning of home from the acclaimed author of Thin Places

Kerri ní Dochartaigh will be visiting the bookshop to sign copies of Cacophony of Bone towards the beginning of May. Books will be sent out or made available for collection in the days following. Don't miss out on a signed & dedicated copy!

Two days after the Winter Solstice in 2019 Kerri and her partner M moved to a small, remote railway cottage in the heart of Ireland. They were looking for a home, somewhere to stay put. What followed was a year of many changes. The pandemic arrived and their isolated home became a place of enforced isolation. It was to be a year unlike any we had seen before. But the seasons still turned, the swallows came at their allotted time, the rhythms of the natural world went on unchecked. For Kerri there was to be one more change, a longed-for but unhoped for change.Cacophony of Bone maps the circle of a year - a journey from one place to another, field notes of a life - from one winter to the next. It is a telling of a changed life, in a changed world - and it is about all that does not change. All that which simply keeps on - living and breathing, nesting and dying - in spite of it all. When the pandemic came time seemed to shapeshift, so this is also a book about time. It is, too, a book about home, and what that can mean. Fragmentary in subject and form, fluid of language, this is an ode to a year, a place, and a love, that changed a life.

Raw, visionary, lucid and mystical, Cacophony of Bone speaks of the connection between all things, and the magic that can be found in everyday life -- KATHERINE MAY
I am a little in awe of Kerri ní Dochartaigh's work - the clarity and disinhibition of her storytelling; the wild freedom of her prose. Here is a brave and bold book, and one that deserves to be read, then read again -- HELEN JUKES
Kerri ní Dochartaigh is something of a modern-day mystic, a writer of acute sensitivity and wonder. There is such beauty, such pain, such rawness in this diary of an extraordinary year - you read it feeling quickened, awakened - that you, too, are missing a layer of skin. It's a very special book indeed -- LUCY CALDWELL
This is a brilliant second book from a unique and deeply gifted writer who constantly renews our sense of the natural world and the landscape of the heart -- KEVIN BARRY
In Cacophony of Bone as in her previous work, Kerri has a deeply personal voice that feels as if it comes not from her, but from the earth beneath her -- MARC HAMER
The writing has an incantatory quality. Teeming with abundance even when it is filled with grief, and wholly open to the world around it, in terms of nature and also the feelings and moods of the reader herself. Unlike anyone else writing just now -- NIAMH CAMPBELL
My heart expands as I read each simple, but stirring page. There's an intensity and profundity to Kerri's words that I've never encountered in prose before -- MANCHáN MAGAN
Kerri Ni Dochartaigh's written form is unique and a wonder - like finding a 'hag-stone' on a beach of otherwise everyday solid pebbles - her words are strong and resilient, yet allow light to flow through their very core - Igniting hope, grief and allowing us to find connection with the other than human world -- JO SWEETING, @thestonecarver
Praise for Thin Places: Kerri's voice is utterly her own, rich and strange. I've folded down the corners of many pages, marking sentences and moments that glitter out at me. Wow -- ROBERT MACFARLANE
Dochartaigh takes great solace in nature, and much of the book is a meditation on the beautiful landscapes and flora and fauna that surround her . . . Passionate, moving and beautifully written * * Sunday Times * *

ISBN: 9781838856281-S

Dimensions: 220mm x 144mm x 50mm

Weight: 442g

304 pages