The Easternmost House
Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize
If you enjoyed Raynor Winn’s The Salt Path, Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun, Chris Packham’s Fingers in the Sparkle Jar or Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk, you’ll love The Easternmost House.
Within the next three years, Juliet Blaxland’s home will be demolished, and the land where it now stands will crumble into the North Sea. In her numbered days living in the Easternmost House, Juliet fights to maintain the rural ways she grew up with, re-connecting with the beauty, usefulness and erratic terror of the natural world.
The Easternmost House is a stunning memoir, describing a year on the Easternmost edge of England, and exploring how we can preserve delicate ecosystems and livelihoods in the face of rapid coastal erosion and environmental change.
With photographs and drawings featured throughout, this beautiful little book is a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in sustainability, nature writing or the Suffolk Coast.
‘Destined to be a 21st century classic. Just brilliant.’
-John Lewis-Stempel, author of The Running Hare
‘A marvellous evocation of the Suffolk coast. It made me want to jump on the next train out of London.’
-Andrew Gimson, author of Gimson's Kings & Queens
‘[Juliet] creates a world full of people and poetry, which we must fight to keep forever... the whole book is both touching and often very funny, and I loved the monthly food lists.’
-Jilly Cooper, author of The Rutshire Chronicles
‘Brilliant memoir about nature, landscape, food and the disconnect between town and country.’
-India Knight, The Sunday Times
‘Even when it has all been swallowed by the sea, the art [the Suffolk landscape] has helped create will survive - and Blaxland's book deserves a distinguished place in that company.’
‘I feel like a stalker, but reading Juliet Blaxland’s The Easternmost House, I got straight into my car and drove over to stare at her home. Her wonderful book describes living on the most extreme outpost of Suffolk’s coast of erosion.’
-Janice Turner, The Times
‘The author writes beautifully about her life in this small extremity... a hymn to a simpler life, one lived more in tune with the rhythms of the natural world, with its wonders and its perils.’
‘Prose that flows effortlessly with a wry turn of phrase at every corner. Plus, she’s bloody funny. In The Easternmost House you read the sound of her voice, and so the book rattles along like a good’un. ’
-Caught by the River
‘A beautiful book, eloquent and evocative. Lyrical, poignant and witty, this book is a moving testament to a still enormously vibrant but vanishing time, place and way of life.’
‘Blaxland’s writing is evocative, whether she is writing about the roar of a storm, jugs of homemade Pimm’s or the attempt to create a crop circle. She has a deep love of the coastal landscape she inhabits. ’