Author(s): Julia Blackburn
This title is shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Biography Award and the 2012 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Julia Blackburn and her husband moved to a little house in the mountains of northern Italy in 1999. She arrived as a stranger but a series of events brought her close to the old people of the village and they began to tell her their stories. Of how their village had been trapped in an archaic feudal system and owned by a local padrone who demanded his share of all they had - even a pretty wife or daughter, of the eruption of the Second World War, of the conflict between the fascists and the partisans, of death and fear and hunger of how they hid like foxes in the mountains. 'Write it down for us,' they said, 'because otherwise it will all be lost.' "Thin Paths" is a celebration of the songlines of one place that could be many places and a celebration of the humour and determination of the human spirit.
Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Biography Award and the 2012 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize , this is a moving and fascinating account of the history, landscape and people of a remote village high in the Ligurian mountains.
Shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2011.
Julia Blackburn has written five books of non-fiction - Charles Waterton, The Emperor's Last Island, Daisy Bates in the Desert, Old Man Goya and With Billie - a family memoir, The Three of Us, which won the 2009 J. R. Ackerley Award, and two novels, The Book of Colour and The Leper's Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She is the author of seventeen short stories specially commisioned by BBC Radio, a selection of which were published in My Animals and Other Family, and four radio plays, including The Spellbound Horses, which is due to be broadcast in 2011.