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Reflecting Back, One Year On


Something to send to someone you care about – to reflect on the year that we’ve been through – a small, thoughtful gesture to say you’re there; that you understand. Each purchase of this gift includes a £1 donation split between Refuge and the NHS charities.

Zadie Smith’s Intimations is a slim volume of essays reflecting on our shared experiences of a global pandemic: ‘this collection of little pieces by Zadie Smith will endure as a beautiful thing. Although it’s born out of the pandemic and the lockdown, it feels like a doorway into a new space for thought,’ says Tessa Hadley, writing in The Guardian.

Add in a sweet treat, some scented tealights and a drink of your choice, and this little package extends an invitation to the recipient to sit down, to make some time for themselves – and perhaps take a quiet moment to reflect back.

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Thought-provoking and deeply consoling, a perfectly distilled set of essays on the strangest year many of us have experienced, from one of our wisest and most humane thinkers. Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time.

'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and comprehensive accounts. This is not any of those - the year isn't half-way done. What I've tried to do is organize some of the feelings and thoughts that events, so far, have provoked in me, in those scraps of time the year itself has allowed. These are above all personal essays: small by definition, short by necessity.'

Crafted with the sharp intelligence, wit and style that have won Zadie Smith millions of fans, and suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.

'As well as offering a new guide to living in a wild, messy and unfair world, Smith provides a reminder that we can use this crisis to imagine a better one' Evening Standard

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