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  • Julia Blackburn listens. To the voices of a people who call out from a distant time, and to the sound of her own careful, inspiring way of listening. To what it has meant for a hunting society to be locked out of their own lives as well as for her to be locked down. Travelling to the landscapes of the Karoo, yet remaining tied to a corner of the English countryside, Blackburn explores the ruthlessness of colonial frontiers, what we hear from those they dispossess, and what it means to be at the heart of who we are. Here is a work of astonishing breadth, clarity and power. Again and again, as I read, I gasped at the intense relevance and importance, as well as the beauty of this book.

    Hugh Brody
  • It is such a wonderful book. It made me stretch my hand to my lover. It made me want to show my children the footprints, scars and stones under our feet. It made me want to sit down to look at the sea... It made me deeply grateful that I am alive.

    Max Porter (Praise for Time Song)
  • Both Wordsworthian and Woolfian ... This book is a wonder.

    Adam Nicolson (Praise for Time Song)
  • Breathtaking... [a] splendidly rich book... I admire the intelligence, the appetite for discovery and the shining imagination that have gone into it.

    Gillian Tindall (Praise for Time Song)
  • This book gripped me by its clairvoyant and poetic conversation with the past and Julia Blackburn's extraordinary sympathy and perspicacity in finding in the lightest and smallest traces the story of our human species

    Antony Gormley (Praise for Time Song)
  • Poetic and fascinating

    Olivia Laing (Praise for Time Song)

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