Homeward bound for the new year

Jennifer Kavanagh’s The O of Home is touching and inspiring in a way that brings to mind Thoreau’s Walden.
The O of Home… is a remarkably honest, unpretentious, clear-eyed account of a courageous woman getting rid of her worldly goods, and a lot of emotional baggage, and finding a new and exhilarating freedom.

There are chapters about old age, death, displacement and homelessness: the whole is knitted together by the author’s voyage of self-discovery.

Robert McCrum, the Guardian blog