Do You Still Have Time For Chaos?, by Lynn Davidson (THWUP, February 2024)

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Lynn Davidson is primarily known as a poet, having published 4 collection, but this beautifully packaged book is a lyrical memoir, which weaves together the story of her late life decision to leave New Zealand for Scotland, with family history, her own past life, literature and observations of the natural world. It's gentle, quiet, beautifully observed and written, compassionate and humane. It tells of a maverick ancestor, a ghostlike presence throughout the book, relates experiences of single parenting, poverty, the isolation and despair brought by the pandemic, of determination and courage. A quietly inspiring book.