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The Quest to Belong

by Jo Swinney

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What does Home mean when we move away, and feel like we lost where we belong? Jo Swinney uses her story to illuminate what Home means today. 

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  • Feel like you've lost what home means?
  • You aren't alone, as Jo Swinney tells her story of finding where to belong
  • Filled with thought and reflections, Home is a moving and illuminating book for those feeling lost.
'Home is where the heart is,' we say. But cheap catchphrases apart, in a world where more people move home more often than ever before, and many families end up spread across countries or around the world, what does it mean to speak of home - and where can we find true belonging?

Born in the UK, growing up in Portugal, studying in Canada and now living back in the UK, Jo Swinney's peripatetic life has brought her face to face with the challenges of leaving people and places behind, and landing somewhere new every few years needing to find a way to put down fresh roots.

Weaving her own story into an enticing exploration of the idea of home, Jo Swinney helps us face up to the challenges that can seem so hard to face when friends and family live far away, when the place we live just doesn't seem like it could ever be home, or when the home we know ceases to satisfy. Together, she argues, we can start to piece together a fuller picture of what it might mean to find a true home, somewhere we can really belong.

Home by Jo Swinney was published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division in June 2017 and is our 18184th best seller. The ISBN for Home is 9781473648654.

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Prologue: Setting Out

The quest begins

Chapter One: Heart-Sick

My home is not here

Chapter Two: On Board the Kinship

My family is my home

Chapter Three: Welcome to My World

My culture is my home

Chapter Four: Heartland

My country is my home

Chapter Five: Wanderlust

I have no home

Chapter Six: The Anchored Soul

At home in myself

Chapter Seven: 'Til Death

My marriage is my home

Chapter Eight: Right Here

My Neighbourhood is my home

Chapter Nine: Bricks and Mortar 

My home is my house

Chapter Ten: Care in the Community

My church is my home

Chapter Eleven: What do you do? 

My work is my home

Chapter Twelve: The story of my life

My past is my home

Epilogue: Where is home?

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Details for Home

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division (June 2017)
Number of Pages256
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4492269
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