What Is Beautiful in the Sky

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In February 2020 Michael Harding returned from a month away to the isolation of his home in the hills above Lough Allen. A few months previously Michael’s great friend and teacher the writer Tom MacIntyre had passed away. Over the course of one sunny spring day as the sun rose and set during that tumultuous time of lockdowns and self-isolation, Michael Harding looks back at a life lived, and in doing so, he vividly and evocatively brings to life what is at the heart of a country’s identity; storytelling, love, and human intimacy; and shows us how even though everything has changed, yet many things remain the same.

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‘In these strange days Michael Harding’s route taking and wise words gently nudge us towards the future, steadying us as we navigate the great unknowns ahead’ Joe Duffy

The bestselling new book from acclaimed writer and Irish Times columnist.

It’s dawn and in the early morning light, Michael Harding is walking in his garden in the hills above Lough Allen in Leitrim, dreaming of the new beginning in Donegal he had planned before the world changed in the early months of 2020.
Here, in his stunning and intimate new book, we travel with Michael through this day as he looks back at a life lived within, and as part of, the Irish landscape. In doing so, he vividly brings to life what is at the heart of Irish identity: storytelling, love and human connection. With honesty, insight and tenderness, he shows that while everything has changed, that which is important remains the same; and how, in this new world, we can live with hope and faith in everything that is beautiful in the sky.
What is Beautiful in the Sky is an account of our times: a record of our past and a promise of new beginnings.

‘This morning is special. The air is cleaner than it used to be. Birds sing with a deeper resonance. The apple trees shed their petals and fatten their fruit with an astonishing defiance; as if nature itself carried a coded message; everything will be OK in the end. Hope may seem lost with each new death but love has become more visible in every hospital corridor in the world.
“Let’s begin again.”

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Weight0.215 kg
Dimensions19.6 × 12.8 × 2.4 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

304

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

828.9209 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K