Sixty Degrees North (2015)
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
- "In the fineness of its investigation of the meanings of home, and the needs for travel, it reminded me of William Fiennes’s The Snow Geese. It is a brave book in its honesty and self-exposure, I think, and a beautiful book in terms of the subtlety of its thinking and the quality of its descriptive prose, that at times possesses the lucidity of the northern light in which so much of it is set." Robert Macfarlane, author of The Wild Place and The Old Ways.
- "Malachy Tallack is the real deal, a writer given over to pure curiosity, honest witness and that most precious of gifts, an unselfconscious sense of wonder. Sixty Degrees North reveals, not just a vibrant new voice, but a wise, questioning and highly sophisticated talent." John Burnside, author of A Life About My Father and The Summer of Drowning.
- “Elegant, meditative and wry... Tallack takes the reader on some fascinating excursions.” Gavin Francis, author of Empire Antarctica and True North.
UK / Ireland
- "The book’s real power comes from Tallack’s poet’s eye" New York Times.
- "An enthralling meditation on place" Kirkus Review.
- "Tallack beautifully sketches a sort of emotional geography of place" The Dallas Morning News.
- "A graceful account of northern peoples’ relationship to their environment, and a thoughtful consideration on the meaning of home" Winnipeg Free Press.
- "This book is a new kind of travel writing that emphasizes and explores the relationship between people and place." Providence Journal.
- "Sixty Degrees North will prompt the reader to look at the world around them differently, but also spark an internal shift." Bookish.com.
UK / Ireland
- "A joy to read, its prose as clear as the light on the Greenland ice-cap" Michael Kerr, the Telegraph.
- "Acute and sensitive" Stuart Kelly, Times Literary Supplement.
- "60 Degrees North is an inspiring pursuit of knowledge, both inner and outer" Amy Liptrot, Caught by the River.
- "Dignified, thoughtful and sophisticated" Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue.
- "An intimate, brave and honest book ... A five star read from start to finish" Press & Journal.
- "Tallack does travelogue well, acutely balancing fact and fancy" Will Self, Guardian.
- "So original, and so compelling ... he takes the brave step of putting himself right at the heart of the story, using his own experiences to ask searching, never-less-than fascinating questions about identity, homecoming and what it means to truly belong to a place." Roger Cox, The Scotsman.
- "A subtle, thoughtful study of life on the 60th parallel" Sara Wheeler, Financial Times.
- "Consistently captivating prose" Yorkshire Post.
- "The best travel writing is never just the outer journey to a particular place; it also always involves an inner journey. [Tallack’s] book mixes history, literature, and geography alongside personal encounters recounted with humour and candour" Catholic Herald.
- "Fabulously well written, gripping and full of emotion, as well as humour" Scotland Outdoors.
- "Tallack is forever testing the psychological dynamics of the sense of belonging." Nature.
- "Tallack is the new voice in travel writing; travelling, meeting people, meditating on home and belonging" Irish Sunday Independent.
- 'A beautifully written meld of travel writing, natural history and personal memoir ... a remarkable odyssey’ The Bookseller.