The Clearing

The Clearing: A memoir of art, family and mental health

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 04/03/2021
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This house has been a regular presence in my life for as long as I can remember. My heart has sunk a little every time I walk in . . .

Samantha Clark enjoyed a busy career as an artist before returning home to Glasgow to take care of the house that her parents had left behind. Moving from room to room, sifting through the clutter of belongings, reflecting on her mother's long, sedated years of mental illness and her father's retreat to the world of amateur radio and model planes, Samantha began to contemplate her inheritance.

A need for creativity and a desire for solitude had sprung up from a childhood shaped by anxiety and confusion. Weaving in the works and lives of others, including celebrated painter Agnes Martin and scientist of dark matter Vera Rubin, The Clearing is a powerful account of what we must do with the things we cannot know.

'Samantha Clark writes on the subtle edge of words and thought. She renders the world within and the world of ideas with electric sensitivity and acute intelligence' Jay Griffiths

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349143729
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 168g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 18 mm

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The Clearing
Excellent spontaneous purchase!
I saw this in Waterstones and was intrigued so bought it… I am glad I did.. The first 60 odd pages were hard to get into but I am glad I persevered.The aut... READ MORE
Hugh Simon Carey
The Clearing
This is an excellent book...I am very surprised it has not been nominated for a prize or an award.. Waterstones and Costa you are missing a winner here.
In the bookshop I was intrigued by the book so bought it..I was not disappointed... It is very well written..The story of a period in a insight in... READ MORE
Hugh Carey
The Clearing
A Beautiful Meditation on Grief and Complex Family Relationships
Beautiful meditation on grief and the complex relationships between children and their parents. Clark's memoir starts with the death of her parents and the... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley