Sara Maitland - Author

About the Author

Sara Maitland was born in 1950 and grew up in London and South West Scotland. She went to Oxford University to study English and in 1972 Faber published some early short stories in a series they then called Introduction. Her first novel, Daughter of Jerusalem, won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1978. She makes use of old stories from diverse traditions – fairy stories, myths and folk tales and, although she writes novels and non-fiction, short stories are her favourite genre. She currently lives in a house on a wild moor in northern Galloway with Zoe, a sort of border terrier.

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Hogyan legyunk egyedul

Hogyan legyunk egyedul

Author: Sara Maitland Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

Ki szeret egyedul lenni?Tbbnyire sajnljuk az egyedl lA ket. Termszetellenesnek, egoistnak, antiszocilisnak, sA t veszlyesnek tartjuk viselkedsket. Pedig az egyedllt fontos rsze letnknek. Lelknk mlyn mindannyian vgyunk r, csak nem merjk bevallani. Mert flnk. Flnk a trsadalmi elA tletektA l s persze sajt magunktl. Mirt rdemes mgis fellemelkednnk ktsgeinken? Hogyan legynk egyedl? Mifle lmnyekben, rmkben lehet rsznk? A szerzA rendkvl meggyA zA trtnelmi, antropolgiai s kultrtrtneti fejtegetsei alapjn bemutatja, hogy az egyedllt ntudatosabb, kreatvabb tesz, egyttal rbreszt a termszettel val csodlatos kapcsolatunkra s igazi nnkre. Az erklcsi s rtkrendi zA rzavar korban az nsegtA knyveknek is megjulsra van szksgk. Az let iskolja (The School of Life) sorozat egyfajta jjszlets. Olyan, mindannyiunkat rintA tmkkal foglalkozik, mint a pnz, a munka, a technolgia, a szex, a testedzs s az egyedllt.

A Map of the New Country Women and Christianity

A Map of the New Country Women and Christianity

Author: Sara Maitland Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2016

Most feminists have turned away from the Christian churches, regarding both Catholicism and the protestant denominations as bastions of sexism and patriarchal oppression. However, Christian feminists committed to improving the position of Christian women and to the spiritual renewal of their respective churches are drawing inspiration for their struggles from the contemporary Women's Movement. In this study Sara Maitland looks at what has been happening to Christian women in general, and Christian feminists in particular, over the last fifteen to twenty years. She sets their experiences in the framework of the history of the churches and reviews it in the light of events such as the Second Vatican Council, the ordination of Baptist and Episcopal women ministers in America and Britain, and the debate about the ordination of women in the Anglican communion. She argues that the insights gained by Christian feminists put them in a unique position to prophesy to their respective churches, leading them back to the Gospel imperatives of love, justice and freedom, and that an understanding and acceptance of this role of women is crucial to the well-being of the whole Church. As well as studying the history, theology and institutional structures of the denominational churches, the book uses a wealth of interview material from both sides of the Atlantic to describe the experiences of women from many different backgrounds, including nuns, women priests and lay workers. Sara Maitland concludes that Christianity can and must pass beyond the long centuries of oppression and division into `a new country', a country in which women and men are equally `made in the image of God'. First published in 1983.

Angel Maker

Angel Maker

Author: Sara Maitland Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2014

Women's lives are at the center of this stunning collection of short stories by the writer The New Yorker says "e;provides unexpected delights....Questions and answers alike shine with intelligence and an almost ninteenth-century concern for ideals."e;Though Sara Maitland's interests are as varied as the people who inhabit her stories, there is a common theme to this work that extols risk taking over safety. Acrobats, women warriors, a girl who wants to become a garden, a long-distance runner, housewives and mothers, and a reformed sixteenth-century conquistador are among the characters revealed in this dazzling collection.By turns elegant and simple, erotic and elegiac, the stories draw on classical mythology, folktales, inexplicable accidents of history, and disquieting experiences of the supernatural. And, as Ann Beattie has writen of Sara Maitland's wise and magical fiction, "e;it speaks to today's reader in a voice that is irresistible."e;Familiar names from literature--Gretel, Eurydice of the green fields, the shepherd Prince Endymion, Lady Artemis-commingle with contemporary characters called David, Meg, and Liz, who desperately seek love and fulfillment and frequently have babies when they can't get what they want. Close by is the echo of Mary Magdalene, teaching us about endurance and perserverance in a voice rich with the experiences of the sex object and the "e;true-love dichotomy."e; The author suggests: "e;She must have thought the crucifixion a bit mad too."e;Sara Maitland never holds back; instead, she invites us again and again to a place of risks, and we enter, "e;not because we must, but because we will."e; And when you are about to lose heart, you meet Caroline, who has learned what it is to be strong, how it feels to be free of fear, how it feels to be totally herself: "e;Then she looked at Richard and he was smiling, not pityingly, not even kindly, but with open admiration."e;

Ancestral Truths

Ancestral Truths

Author: Sara Maitland Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2014

There were three possible reasons given for the disappearance of the two hikers on Mount Nyangani: the treacherous terrain and climate; the banditos armados; the unforgiving spirit called Chirikuzi. In David' case there was a fourth--that Clare might have killed him.Unable to remember exacly what happened on the mountain in Zimbabwe and trying to come to terms with the loss of her hand in the accident, Clare is taken home to Scotland where her large, loving, questioning, and uncomfortably acute family become almost unbearable. She had wanted David dead, but did that mean she had killed him? Her mother's High Church concern, Anni's sharp-tongued radicalism, santly Felicity's internal fury, and her deaf niece Alice's fascination with the prosthetic hand seem at first to distract from Clare's problems, until the aristocratic family's pieties pierce her cocoon of post-traumatic amnesia.Family resentments flare and fade, divisions fester and heal, and as clare uncovers buried fears, she comes to understand that the real question about the accident on Mount Nyangani is less what she has forgotten than why.Intricate in design, disturbing in its explorations of mind and spirit, and with a surprising twist at the end, Ancestral Truths employs a striking narrative voice to explore the shifting relations between belief and truth, love and desire, to reveal that beauty and danger walk hand in hand. Sara Maitland summons her knowledge of theology, mysticism, mathematics, and human nature to give this deeply perceptive novel its wit and cohesive richness. As Ms. Maitland's characters gradually recognize the inseparability of their strengths and weaknesses, the authof of Three Times Table raises her art to a new pitch of excitement and originality.

A Map of the New Country Women and Christianity

A Map of the New Country Women and Christianity

Author: Sara Maitland Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2014

Most feminists have turned away from the Christian churches, regarding both Catholicism and the protestant denominations as bastions of sexism and patriarchal oppression. However, Christian feminists committed to improving the position of Christian women and to the spiritual renewal of their respective churches are drawing inspiration for their struggles from the contemporary Women's Movement. In this study Sara Maitland looks at what has been happening to Christian women in general, and Christian feminists in particular, over the last fifteen to twenty years. She sets their experiences in the framework of the history of the churches and reviews it in the light of events such as the Second Vatican Council, the ordination of Baptist and Episcopal women ministers in America and Britain, and the debate about the ordination of women in the Anglican communion. She argues that the insights gained by Christian feminists put them in a unique position to prophesy to their respective churches, leading them back to the Gospel imperatives of love, justice and freedom, and that an understanding and acceptance of this role of women is crucial to the well-being of the whole Church. As well as studying the history, theology and institutional structures of the denominational churches, the book uses a wealth of interview material from both sides of the Atlantic to describe the experiences of women from many different backgrounds, including nuns, women priests and lay workers. Sara Maitland concludes that Christianity can and must pass beyond the long centuries of oppression and division into `a new country', a country in which women and men are equally `made in the image of God'. First published in 1983.

Big-Enough God

Big-Enough God

Author: Sara Maitland Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2014

A Big-Enough God continues the author's literary challenge by offering Christians a path for spiritual journey that encourages belief in a deity that is larger than our imagination. Free from the constraints of doctrine or ecclesiology, the author comes to her task, the joys of revelation, armed with a fresh feminist perspective. Writing as a Christian and a feminist, Maitland approaches the subject of a big-enough God that is beyond gender or image--but not beyond choice--to define theology as the art of telling--and listening to--stories about the divine. If God exists, it is as a being which wishes above all to reveal itself in its work and which labors constantly in its relationships with its creations.

How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

Author: Sara Maitland, The School of Life Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is literally anti-social and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she helps us to practise it without anxiety and encourages us to see the benefits of spending time by ourselves. By indulging in the experience of being alone, we can be inspired to find our own rewards and ultimately lead more enriched, fuller lives. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched January 2014: How to Age by Anne Karpf How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young How to Connect with Nature by Tristan Gooley

Moss Witch And Other Conversations

Moss Witch And Other Conversations

Author: Sara Maitland Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Gossip from the Forest The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales

Gossip from the Forest The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales

Author: Sara Maitland Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us - we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying. In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the background and the source of the fairytales made famous by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam, whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginitive re-telling of a fairytale. Written with Maitland's wonderful clarity and conversational grace, Gossip from the Forest is a magical and unique blend of nature writing, history and imaginative fiction.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Author: Sara Maitland, Chris Gollon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2009

This is a fascinating collaboration of compelling human stories by a well-known author with powerful contemporary paintings by a high-profile artist. Sara Maitland's compelling human stories give voice to Chris Gollon's powerful contemporary sequence of Stations of the Cross (painted from life and reproduced in the book in high-res colour images): a unique and potent collaboration. The Stations were commissioned for St John on Bethnal Green, a visually prominent London Anglican church designed by Sir John Soane, the neo-classical architect who also created the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 2001 the congregation made the extraordinary decision to commission a site-specific Stations of the Cross , the traditional 14 pictures of the last day of Jesus' human life, used from the Middle Ages onwards for meditation and prayer.Perhaps unexpectedly, they chose a contemporary artist not best known for his religious works: Chris Gollon. By Easter 2008 the whole series was completed; the sequence was first used on Good Friday when the pictures gained considerable media attention. The commission for the Stations has taken 8 years to fulfil and they have been widely featured in national broadsheets, arts press and all denominations of religious arts press. The paintings are now reflected in a sequence of stories: first-person narratives by a well-known author who has been closely involved with the project.

Writer's Way

Writer's Way

Author: Sara Maitland Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2005

The Writer's Way is a comprehensive and rewarding introduction to the art of creative writing. Its no-nonsense yet accessible tone and practical contents make it the perfect guide, whether you are a raw beginner of you have started writing and are looking for friendly guidance to help develop your talent. Distinguished author Sara Maitland has an extensive background in teaching creative writing and is the perfect companion for this journey of self discovery. She knows the potential pitfalls confronting every writer - the lack of confidence or "e;block"e; that can strike at any time, leaving you literally lost for words - and draws on her vast experience to help you tackle them. She also shares with you the unrivalled joy writing can bring - the sheer pleasure she takes in her art lending her text a happy authority. With 40 literary exercises sprinkled liberally throughout, you will never feel alone. Whether you read it in one sitting, or take your time working through the exercises as you go, this is a terrific book to get you going and keep you going, on the writer's way.

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