Small Bodies of Water, by Nina Mingya Powles (Canongate 2021)

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Nina Mingya Powles, who lived in Wellington for a while, and is now in London, is a poet and writer. This is a collection of personal essays, mostly with some connection to swimming, water, and coasts, and through this she explores such things as migration, food, family and connection, butterflies and fish, and home. It's a lovely book, nostalgic, yearning, descriptive and varied. Essential reading.