Jay Griffiths

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Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time

Reviews and Endorsements

“Jay Griffiths has produced nothing short of an original opening of the human mind, a study of what makes us tick. Her book touches nature and language and us with an enlightening spirit, and it demonstrates that we have been in the thrall of a concept of our own invention, one that we have barely acknowledged, much less understood. Her book is cleverness in the service of genius.”
Citation on winning the Barnes and Noble “Discover” award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA, 2003

“Jay Griffiths, like the Elephant's Child, has the gift of insatiable curiosity. She is intensely aware of the world around her, its wonders, its horrors and its absurdities. She questions and protests and celebrates – all in a language which is constantly alive, often sparkling and deep, like a good river. She is a revealer and a healer - to travel through time in the company of such a magical writer is a delight.”
Adrian Mitchell , Shadow Poet Laureate

“A fascinating, highly original meditation on time. Jay Griffiths exposes the political nature of the linear, mechanical and global time of industrial culture and contrasts it with the myriad “times” embodied in nature's processes, known to indigenous cultures. Her writing style is rich and rhythmic, reflecting her main thesis. This is a book which needs to be read slowly .”
Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life

“This is smart, edgy work, from an original and exciting mind. Jay Griffiths' voice is a light beam in the fog of twenty-first century debate.”
Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams

“An exercise indeed in Dharma, poetry and philosophy."
Gary Snyder, Pulitzer prize-winning poet

“She writes like an angel”
A.D. Nuttall

“An extraordinary work... if I believed in anything compulsory, I'd make this book compulsory reading... Rather than simply having chipped away at presumption, Griffiths has devastated it. Publishers are fond of putting ‘this will change your life' on the front of books, but, frankly, few are worthy of such comment. This, I believe, is.”
Penny Rimbaud, poet and lyricist of Crass

“A mine of ideas, of anecdotes, connections, angles”
Ivan Illich , author of Deschooling Society and Tools for Conviviality

“A truly brilliant and wonderful book, beautifully written. This is one of the best books I've read in years.”
Vandana Shiva , author of Monocultures of the Mind

“A thoughtful, original and intuitive account of how we perceive time which offers many alternative chronological considerations... amusing and erudite, fascinating and spirited. Bravo!”
Peter Reading, The Times Literary Supplement

  “A wonderful, delightfully humourous polemic against everything that's wrong with the way we deal with time today”
The Independent, Books of the Year

“An irresistibly provocative and political analysis of time... Her wittily enthusiastic thesis is that time has too long been used as a tool to power: as a manifesto, it could cause a revolution.”
Iain Finlayson, The Times, Books of the Year

“A whirl of a book. Any page will get you hooked.”
New Scientist

“A compulsively readable book cleverly combining influences as diverse as Otis Redding, Beltane and Australian aboriginals; Griffiths does for time what Robert M Pirsig did for truth-obsessed philosophy in 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'. It's also a sexual, playful, intensely female book. Griffiths argues that through their monthly menstruation cycles, often affected by the moon, women are much more in tune with cyclical concepts of non-linear time. With 'Pip Pip' Griffiths may just have beaten the clock. Passionately written and cogently argued, it's a book you should make time to read.”
Pete May, Time Out

  “Both revolutionary and a real pleasure to read. Certainly this must become one of the principal texts of anyone campaigning for social or environmental justice.”
The Ecologist

  “Splendid, extraordinarily wide-ranging, emphasizing the political import of the subject. Impressive, absorbing and radical, provocative, impassioned, often outrageously witty.”
The New Internationalist 

“Griffiths does not use the term capitalism to cast her slings and arrows, but her arguments are all in revolt against its strictures. If you want a riot of fun covering the historical and social aspects of time, this is the book to read."
Socialist Review

“A wonderfully argued and very moving book”
BBC Radio 4 , Open Book

  Pip Pip is a brave and novel rage against the machine of time. It oozes ideas as rich as a literary death-by-chocolate. Savour a spoonful at a time and allow several months to digest.”
The Big Issue  

“There are lots of books on time, but none like this lyrical account that proceeds via argument instead of examination... Flowing with ideas, an audacious and exhilarating book.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“A wildly exuberant and exhilarating polemic. Enormously intelligent, fresh and innovative, this is a book unlike any other I have read."
The Age

“It defies genres, it flows seamlessly from the poetic to the academic, from Joycean puns to rich Sinclair-like meandering, from moments where one can almost see the ink dry as another thought blossoms. Her writing is so alive; in many ways it mimics the flowing circularity that the book speaks of, the organic, fluid moving pulse of life itself.”
John Jordan , artist and activist, editor of “We Are Everywhere”

“A book of profound originality and energising novelty, an extraordinary investigation into the enclosure of time. It shows how time, like land and labour, is a universal commodity which has been seized over the centuries by wealth and power, and used to control economic and political life. Cheeky, intelligent, brave enough at times to be profoundly weird, it is a seminal work, introducing us to a realm of power politics which has never been examined before. When you've read this book, human life will never look the same again.”
George Monbiot, Bookmarks magazine

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