"What we feel homesick for ... is not a place itself, but the unrecoverable moment of leaving that place, and the fact that it is never the same place to which we return." So wrote John Hughes in The Idea of Home.
These stories by Mark MacLean play on that theme; they are about the idea of home and our sense of place. Whether we're in the deserts of Australia or the North of England, we long for the places where we are not. We envy the world traveller as much as the ninety-year-old living in the home she was born in with equal measure. We cherish the places known as much as the places imagined and the places remembered.
The landscapes are the old landscapes revisited.