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The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home

‘You will marvel at the beauty of this book’ George Monbiot
‘Incredibly moving‘ Raynor Winn

Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with four other adults and a child. Working several jobs and never knowing if she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart.

Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, in the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decides to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security torn apart; now, she resolves to make a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own.

With the freedom to write, surf and make music, Catrina rebuilds the shed and, piece by piece, her own sense of self.

This is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature.


Hugh Warwick, author of Linescapes
A marvel, a tonic of wildness - Homesick is a gently powerful and deeply beautiful read
Sam Bleakley, author of Mindfulness & Surfing
Stirring, striking and extremely significant. A beautifully written search for freedom exploring social justice, mental health, nature and the priceless value of home.
Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
Superb: a compellingly readable reflection on what it means to be alive in a mortuary, free in a society of slaves, and on place, home, relationship, and our need for the surging wild. Angry and kind; poised and desperate; urgent and vital. Davies can help us all to get a life. We need her.
Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path
An incredibly moving book. To find peace and a sense of home between the sea and the stars after a life so profoundly affected by the housing crisis, is truly inspirational.
Danny Dorling, author of All that is Solid
An articulate and beautifully written account from the heart of the housing disaster, told at the last point we can choose to change.
George Monbiot
You will marvel at the beauty of this book, and rage at the injustice it reveals.
Evening Standard
Davies clearly and succinctly describes the vastness of the housing problem
Big Issue
A lyrical love song to unconventional living forced by the housing crisis