Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed

by Catrina Davies


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‘You will marvel at the beauty of this book, and rage at the injustice it reveals’
George Monbiot

About this book:

The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home. Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with four other adults and a child.

Working several jobs and never knowing if she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart. Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, in the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decides to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security torn apart; now, she resolves to make a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own.

With the freedom to write, surf and make music, Catrina rebuilds the shed and, piece by piece, her own sense of self. On the border of civilisation and wilderness, between the woods and the sea, she discovers the true value of home, while trying to find her place in a fragile natural world. This is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature.

It shows how housing can trap us or set us free, and what it means to feel at home.

‘Incredibly moving. To find peace and a sense of home after a life so profoundly affected by the housing crisis, is truly inspirational’
Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path

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