Just Looking – upstream and downstream - Book

Just Looking

Upstream and downstream

by Pat Williams

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Format: Paperback (216pp)

ISBN: 978-1-899398-14-0

  • Price: £11.99

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Just Looking is a collection of Pat Williams’ columns from Human Givens, the journal of HGI.

Each topic is a gem of brilliant writing from a master storyteller. By turns delightful, thought-provoking and funny, it’s packed with stories and enlightening observations about life’s vagaries.

“These days we seem to be in increasing thrall to downstream thinking, trying to make sense of things by going even further downstream, instead of going back up to find the living connection. I remember how, as a white child in apartheid South Africa, I would hear the cruel dogma, relentlessly repeated, that all non-white people were ‘inferior’. But any child could see that skin colour was only skin deep, and that the unique, undifferentiated human reality was elsewhere – upstream, I could now say.”

Pat Williams


5/5 (5 Reviews)
  1. Suzanne Roberts

    A rich, insightful book. A pleasure to read.

  2. Ian

    A real treasure trove! ‘Just Looking’ is a book for our times – every page contains hugely relevant insights and reflections. A must-read for anyone with an interest in the human condition.

  3. Nicola

    Thank you! Brilliant to have all these wonderful essays together in one book, Pat’s thoughtful writing is well worth reading and re-reading.

  4. Nigel Hinton

    Pat Williams’ articles are always wonderful – full of wisdom and insight. Much of what she says seems like common sense, written in simple, direct language – except that the sense is, unfortunately, not very common and the simplicity can only come from a writer who has honed her craft and who is sure of what she is saying. She is a straight thinker and a straight talker and she covers a huge range of subjects in a clear-sighted, often witty, way that leaves one refreshed, challenged and grateful. She’s just looking but she’s really seeing and she makes you see, too.

  5. Lise B

    Read this book. These stories and essays flow slowly – like honey from a honey-comb; nutritious and golden.

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