- Author Claire Ratinon
- Narrator Claire Ratinon
- Publisher Random House
- Run Time 7 hours and 33 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Climate change, Colonialism and imperialism, Ethnic groups and multicultural studies, Gardening: fruit and vegetable, Gardens (descriptions, history etc), Green politics / ecopolitics / environmentalism, Local and family history, nostalgia, Memoirs, Nature and the natural world: general interest, Trees, wildflowers and plants: general interest.
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What to expect
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“When we speak of our origins, that which made us, we speak of our roots. We acknowledge how our identities are intertwined with land, whether it’s the one we are standing on or another we lay claim to.”
Unearthed is the story of how Claire Ratinon found belonging through falling in love with growing plants. For years her troubled relationship with the land of her birth left her feeling unwanted, but reconnecting with nature allowed her finally to put down roots.
Like many diasporic people of colour, Claire grew up feeling cut off from the natural world. She lived in cities, reluctant to be outdoors and stuck with the belief that success and status could fill the space where belonging was absent. Through learning the practice of growing food, she unpicked her beliefs about who she ought to be. Over her first year living in the English countryside and with the first vegetable patch of her own, she finds a pathway back to nature’s embrace. And through growing the food of Mauritius, recording her parents’ stories and exploring the history of the island, she also strengthens her connection to her homeland.
A beautiful work of nature-writing, memoir and storytelling, Unearthed urges us to look to the world outside for the belonging and home we seek. It is a heartfelt call to reconsider our history, the way we think about nature and the complex relationships we all have with the land.
© Claire Ratinon 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022
A beautiful book about nature, and how reengaging with the foundational experience of our species of growing and cultivating crops can be a source of healing and spiritual truth… I recommend itAfua Hirsch
It is rare for a book to come along that tells a story that has never been heard before. Unearthed is just that and more. Deeply felt, deeply told, deeply generous, Claire Ratinon’s story of trying to find a place of belonging in a post-colonial landscape is one that will change hearts and minds. How vitally we have needed this narrative, how beautifully it has been told.Alice Vincent, author of Rootbound
ExquisiteNova Reid, Author of The Good Ally
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