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The Rising Down

"Highly recommended by our LoveReading team, this book inspires contemplation and a fascination with the history of a place, it’s just glorious!"

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Just glorious! If you’re inspired by new thoughts and feelings sparking into life and hanker after a book that is as wise and wonderful as it is moving and uplifting, then The Rising Down should go straight to the top of your reading list. Author Alexandra Harris began to explore, to dive deeply into the place she grew up, and found herself discovering a whole new world. She writes with the most beautifully eloquent pen, her words picked me up and remained a part of me as I read, with the final chapter sending goosebumps skittering down my arms and into my heart. The fascinating illustrations include photos, documents, letters, and appear throughout the book. The words brought to life an area I thought I already knew, however I will now look differently wherever I am, slow down to let my eyes wander and examine, to allow thoughts of how, and why, and what, to take hold. Although the focus is Sussex, in reality it encompasses every spot inhabited by humanity over the centuries. You don’t have to have stepped a foot onto the Sussex Downs in order to feel a connection with this book. I feel it would also traverse time, a hundred years ago a reader would exclaim at the very same things that I have. As well as the place, the people are brought to life, I felt how much they mattered and that they counted as an individual within this landscape. I was moved by their stories, by seeing their place in the world. As well as a Liz Pick of the month, The Rising Down also joins our LoveReading Star Books. I have fallen deeply in love with The Rising Down, it not only encourages a connection as it relates to people and place, it also moves and inspires. Highly recommended.

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