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I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and part a deathly bleakness. I got ill, I got well. I went to the freedom fighters of West Papua and sang my head off in their highlands. I met cannibals infinitely kinder and more trustworthy than the murderous missionaries who evangelize them. I anchored a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; ate witchetty grubs and visited sea gypsies. I found a paradox of wildness in the glinting softness of its charisma, for what is savage is in the deepest sense gentle and what is wild is kind. In the end - a strangely sweet result - I came back to a wild home.

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"If a tiger could write poetry or a polar bear prose, they might write a book as exciting as Wild" -- Adrian Mitchell, Shadow Poet Laureate

"Jay Griffiths is a five-star, card-carrying member of the hellfire club... a strange, utterly compelling book, Wild is easily the best, most rewarding travel book that I have read in the last decade" -- Mark Cocker, Guardian, 9th June 2007,

"She tears out a stupendous style, volcanic yet soft like the sound of a river, cadenced as birdsong, in a book almost onomatopoeic in the use of language to match its view of the world.... Her use of etymology to reach into the core of a cultural vision is unsurpassed... a book constructed, through intuitive, poetic associations... she takes on the Western conceptual lexicon, exposing the misapprehensions on which it is based.. The result is a paean, a threnody, a work of great sadness and great joy" -- Toby Green, Independent 25th May 2007

"Very rarely do you come across a book that makes you want to stand on the street corner with a megaphone and bully every passer by into reading it. But this is how I felt about Wild, really one of the most exciting books
I've read for years. It's both a beautiful work of scholarship and a passionate polemic for more love and freedom and joy in today's grey, unsustainable and murderously bureaucratic world"
-- Tom Hodgkinson, Author of How to be Free

'Exhilarating... high-risk stuff, thrumming with unbridled erotic
charge... learned and poetically pagan... Nobody can fail to be enriched by
this book's wealth of observation and description' -- Jeremy Seal, Sunday Telegraph, 27 May 2007

'Incandescent... exhilarating...[Griffiths has] the intelligence
of a naturalist and the luminous originality of a visitor from another
planet... a profoundly important contribution... very readable' -- Richard Mabey, The Times, 26 May 2007

'Remarkable... She tears out a stupendous style... a book almost
onomatopoeic in the use of language to match its view of the world... The
result is a paean, a threnody, a work of great sadness and great joy'
-- Independent, 25 May 2007

A major book by a major writer ... she writes like four kinds of
gorgeous ... Wild is the book that shows how it should be done. -- Bill McKibben, The Ecologist, May, 2007

A vital, unique and uncategorisable celebration of the spirit of
life itself, Wild is a profound and extraordinary piece of work -- The Observer, 20 May, 2007

About the Author:

Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA (2003). Her writing has appeared in various publications including the London Review of Books, the Idler, the Ecologist, Resurgence, the Observer and the Guardian.

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