I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain by Anita Sethi.



Stanfords Book of the Month for May 2021 is ‘I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain’ by Anita Sethi.

A journey of reclamation through the natural landscapes of the North, brilliantly exploring identity, nature, place and belonging. Beautifully written and truly inspiring, ‘I Belong Here’ heralds a powerful and refreshing new voice in nature writing.

Anita Sethi was on a journey through Northern England when she became the victim of a race-hate crime. The crime was a vicious attack on her right to exist in a place on account of her race. After the event Anita experienced panic attacks and anxiety. A crushing sense of claustrophobia made her long for wide open spaces, to breathe deeply in the great outdoors. She was intent on not letting her experience stop her travelling freely and without fear.

Anita’s journey through the natural landscapes of the North is one of reclamation, a way of saying that this is her land too and she belongs in the UK as a brown woman, as much as a white man does. Her journey transforms what began as an ugly experience of hate into one offering hope and finding beauty after brutality. Anita transforms her personal experience into one of universal resonance, offering a call to action, to keep walking onwards. Every footstep taken is an act of persistence. Every word written against the rising tide of hate speech, such as this book, is an act of resistance.

Published by Bloomsbury.

Available at Stanfords now:
https://www.stanfords.co.uk/I-Belong-Here-A-Journey-Along-the-Backbone-of-Britain_9781472983930

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