Size: 215 mm x 180 mm
Publisher: Beehive Books
‘This is a treasure of a book. Marguerite takes us with her on her amazing journeys, creating vivid pictures and real moments for us to enjoy. Long may she travel.’
‘Marguerite MacCurtin is an interested observer, ever respectful. She writes beautifully of landscape, of fabrics, of colour, and – of course – of people.’
Edward McParland, architectural historian and author
‘These travel essays are the genuine article. They are very well written.’
Dervla Murphy, cyclist and travel writer
Travel essays have been popular from medieval times to Charles Dickens and from Mark Twain to Michael Palin. Such gifted authors help bring alive what they have seen for the enjoyment of those who are content to be ‘armchair travelers’. ‘Invisible Threads’ by Marguerite MacCurtin broadcaster and writer, similarly invites readers to see through her eyes and enjoy her journeys and encounters across seven continents. Known by many radio listeners thanks to her entrancing story telling style on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany the present collection of essays casts a similar spell as the author carries us from Antarctica to Tibet and from Moscow to the Nile. Everywhere she travels while the history and often spectacular scenery entrance her it is above all the local people who are at the heart of her tales. ‘It is their stories, their beliefs, their religious practices, their rituals and their empathetic connection with the traveler in their midst’ that inspired her she claims. Divided into five parts over 165 pages this slim volume manages to regularly transport the reader to different worlds yet also to realize the connections between human beings that transcend barriers of race, language, culture, and geographical location. A book to be enjoyed across the generations and a delightful introduction to the wonders of travel and the varied ways of life of the human family.
- Reviewer: Fr Paul Clayton-Lea, Intercom, April 2023
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‘We had no word in common, but without the benefit of language, it is the non-verbals that click into place: body language, gesture, mime, eye contact, facial expressions, basic intuition. The condition of being human is universal, I discovered, and the underlying impulse to reach out and connect transcends the barriers of race, language, culture and geographical location.’
In this evocative collection of essays on her incredible journeys across the seven continents, Marguerite MacCurtin explores the common threads that connect us and highlights that our need to connect is instinctual and universal. From Antarctica to Tibet, she writes with insight, humour and wonder about her extraordinary encounters.
About the Author:
Marguerite MacCurtin is a broadcaster, writer and passionate traveller. She has travelled to some of the world’s most remote and dangerous places, including the sacred mountain of Mount Kailash in western Tibet. She has written for Sunday Miscellany, The Quiet Quarter and Another Time, Another Space.