Book Review: Seven Steeples – Quiet, magical novel shows we are never truly alone in nature

Sara Baume’s chronicle of a couple living in not-so-splendid isolation in rural Ireland is rendered in hypnotising, inviting and reflective prose

The language in Sara Baume’s Seven Steeples is ‘hypnotising, inviting and reflective’ Picture: Kenneth O Halloran

During the pandemic, many of us experienced a shift in what we felt was important to our daily lives. Suddenly, the natural world became a source of respite, especially for city dwellers, and many left their urban environments in search of more connection with nature.

Sara Baume’s quiet and patient novel Seven Steeples follows Sigh and Bell, a couple who cut themselves off from their family and friends and move to a small house in ...