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A Human Love Story
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ISBN:
9781780275000
Categories
Mind, Body & Spirit, Travel Writing, Adventure & Guides
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
14 February 2018
Format
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
192
Illustrations
Colour throughout

A Human Love Story

Journeys to the Heart
Introduction by Clare Balding
by Matt Hopwood - Find out more about the author

 

eBook also available from the iBookstore

Matt Hopwood set off with just a small bag and a walking stick, no possessions and an open mind to walk many hundreds of miles the length and breadth of the country, from Lindisfarne to Callanish. He relied entirely on the generosity of strangers for shelter and asked people to tell him their transforming stories. They did. All of these deeply enthralling, profoundly honest stories weave a web of tenderness, connection, compassion and community.

For some people their love story will span decades and tell a tale of romantic love evolving through the passing years. Others’ stories express fleeting moments of connection, care, concern. Most love stories are marked by sadness and loss. Some stories are concerned with maternal and paternal love, others with a love of place, a visceral connection with spirit through landscape. Love stories also connect deeply with our identities, in how we belong and how we are welcomed in society. Each story is different. Each beautiful. Each valuable.

Matt Hopwood is a storyteller and a facilitator of sharing space. He is a graduate in Applied Anthropology from Goldsmith’s University, a former teacher and worked alongside community projects in Kenya, Palestine and Israel. He admits to having struggled to feel or express any emotions at all until he reached his 30s and, having decided to tackle this, he has made it his life’s mission to build, grow and enhance connections between people through their simple and vulnerable, precious stories of love.






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