On Quiet reviewed by Annie

Nikki Gemmell has added to the ‘On’ collection with On Quiet, a little book with a big message, so relevant to today’s society. In our busy, noisy lives she recommends we all take some time to have a little more quiet, particularly women.

She points out that the word noise is ‘derived from the Latin word nausea, meaning seasickness’. And too much of it can make us ill. It is not though about telling girls and women to be ‘quiet, obedient, neat. … a tool of the patriarchy to silence, to render the female invisible, especially as they age’, but to take time for themselves.

I made a point of reading this when I had the space to take it in, on a recent plane trip, one of the few times when I am forced to sit down, don’t have to be somewhere, doing something for someone else, where meals are brought to you and cleared away. The message is clear, and I know what I need to do, or not do, but need and social conditioning don’t always mean I can. We all need to try harder to take some time out, and the world will be a better place for it.



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