Sophie Cunningham worked in publishing for fifteen years. She now works as a writer and journalist and has been a television columnist for The Age since July 2002. Her first novel, Geography, was published in 2004 by The Text Publishing Company.
'Amazing...Cunningham's walking essays perform a new kind of way-finding - they seek to reconstitute our relation to place by unthinking, unlearning, unwriting, in the hope that the self, too, might change under the influence of trees, and in their company.' * Lifted Brow * 'City of Trees is a deeply ethical and thoughtful call to consciousness, a call to see and feel being in and of the natural world.' * Sydney Review of Books * 'Sophie Cunningham offers a very personal tour...with thoughtful analyses and a relaxed wit.' * Adelaide Review * '[T]he beauty of these essays is the way in which we are transported to the presence of each individual tree under examination. Time slows down for the small observations.' * Australian * '[Cunningham's] naif, free-form style, is a perfect foil for the stories-within-stories-within stories that lie at the heart of this important, entertaining and moving book.' * Age * 'I came to see each essay in this book like a long walk with a destination in mind, but with many fascinating detours and asides to make along the way. ... I found City of Trees almost addictive. ... Reading this book was like taking a bracing walk with a stimulating conversationalist, but if you embark on this walk prepare to be patient - your companion will pause often to snap photos of the trees.' * Good Reading * 'City of Trees is a sorrowful meditation on the effects of climate change and time, but it is also full of wonder, of hope.' * Kill Your Darlings * '...these fine essays convey what factual reporting on the threat of climate change and the loss of habitat cannot: something beautiful is dying, something precious and monumental may be lost forever. ... Cunningham's essays are accounts of her intimate encounters with trees, her gift is in making them feel like they are our stories as well.' * Australian Book Review * 'In this poignant and timely collection of essays, Sophie Cunningham touches on matters private and political, historical and current, beautiful and terrifying.' * Books + Publishing * '[The] ability to hold and make space for opposing concepts is where the strength and beauty of [Cunningham's] writing lies...City of Trees is a breath of fresh air accompanied by the knowledge of how much is lost, or is being lost...Through these essays one can find the hope and understanding to live and thrive in these dark times.' * Readings Monthly *