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The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home. *'You will marvel at the beauty of this book, and rage at the injustice it reveals' George Monbiot* *'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* 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.… (mere)
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Titel:Homesick : why I live in a shed
Forfattere:Catrina Davies
Info:London : riverrun, 2019.
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Really interesting book that is part memoir, part critique of the housing crisis in the UK. Reminded me a lot of Mark Boyle’s books. I think this book will pop into my thoughts for quite a while to come. ( )
  thewestwing | Aug 12, 2022 |
Thoreauesque Shed Dweller in Cornwall, England
Review of the riverrun paperback edition (2020) of the original riverrun hardcover (2019)

I had previously never heard of Catrina Davies, until I happened to see this tweet which was copied by someone else that I follow on Twitter. It has since had almost 42,000 Likes. Her positive spirit and her unique living situation led me to immediately source a copy of her Homesick memoir.
See photograph here at https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E5HV64QWEAAZxPb
Photograph sourced from Twitter here.

Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed tells the story of how Davies came to live in an abandoned shed at a crossroads on the Penzance Peninsula in the Southwestern most tip of England several years ago. The shed was actually in her family as it had been her father's office decades ago. Due to the overpriced housing situation in Bristol, Davies at first moved to the shed as a temporary measure. Her renewed connection to her family roots and the surrounding environment led her to gradually renovate and repair the shed into a home situation.

The tale is collapsed into a 1-year cycle in the book as Davies gradually seeks out the amenities of water, cooking, heating, gardening, electricity, wall and roof repairs and, most drastically, the right to inhabit a previously inhabitable dwelling. She tells the story with drama and joy and with a constant optimistic spirit (although there are definitely setbacks along the way). Quotes from Thoreau's back-to-nature memoir Walden (1854) are spread throughout the book as inspiration.

Homesick is actually the 2nd memoir from Catrina Davies. Her first book Fearless: A Story of Love, Loss and the Midnight Sun (2021) about her adventures busking across Europe was recently reissued.

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I can't find the BBC2 Cornwall program (referred to in the tweet above), but there are several other interview clips with Catrina Davies online such as Why I live in a shed on YouTube. ( )
  alanteder | Aug 5, 2021 |
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The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home. *'You will marvel at the beauty of this book, and rage at the injustice it reveals' George Monbiot* *'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* 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.

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