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An Interview with Malachy Tallack
book coverIn Sixty Degrees North, one of Longitude's Year's Best Reads, writer Malachy Tallack travels westward along the northern latitude in the wake of his father's death. Through his journey he explores themes of isolation, wildness and exile while considering the relationship between the people and their land and confronting his own feelings about home.
  Longitude. The 60th parallel gave your journey a meaningful shape. Did you find similarities between the countries linked by the imaginary line?
Sixty Degrees North
Shetland IslandsThe Shetland Islands are a Scottish archipelago located to the northwest of Great Britain. Visitors to Shetland are told that the island lies upon the 60th parallel, as though this means something. And to many locals, it does. For them, the 60th parallel signifies that the archipelago is more than just isolated islands—it is connected to the larger world in a meaningful way. When Shetland native Malachy Tallack was 16, his father died. “It was the kind of quiet, ordinary day on which nothing extraordinary ought to happen. But it did,” he writes. Shortly after the funeral, he found himself staring out the window of his house in Lerwick, Shetland, imagining the 60th parallel unfolding before him into the distance.
Fair Isle
Kindly contributed by writer Malachy Tallack, book coverwhose new travel narrative Sixty Degrees North recounts his journey across the 60th parallel, through Shetland, Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia, as he grapples with his father’s death and the idea of home.
  Sometimes, the way we respond to a particular place can be surprising. Just as new people can make us relaxed or cheerful or uneasy, so too can new locations; and those feelings are not always predictable or explicable. I am still not entirely sure why, on my first visit to Fair Isle, more than ten years ago, I was so utterly bewitched.