The #2 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER from the author of MURDER BEFORE EVENSONG
'Immensely moving and disarmingly witty' Nigella Lawson
'Such a moving, tough, funny, raw, honest read' Matt Haig
'Beautifully written, moving and gut-wrenching, but also at times very funny' Ian Rankin
'Captures brilliantly, beautifully, bravely the comedy as well as the tragedy of bereavement' The Times
'Will strike a chord with anyone who has grieved' Independent
When the Reverend Richard Coles's partner died suddenly, shortly before Christmas in 2019, what came next took Richard by surprise. Despite his years of experience assisting his parishioners in examining life's moral questions, Richard now found he needed guidance himself. Much about grief was unexpected: the volume of 'sadmin' that must be undertaken, how much harder it is travelling solo for work, the pain of typing a text message to your partner - then remembering they are gone. This deeply personal account of life after grief will resonate, unforgettably, long after the final page has been turned.
A great comfort, knowing I’m not the only one going through the madness.
I would like to say thank you to The Revd. Richard Coles for writing this book I found really comforting, as I too am going through grief and the madness that accompanies it. Grief in lockdown has been difficult and knowing that I’m not alone in these strange waves of sadness, rage and regret has been reassuring. I have found it difficult to read other books at this time,but this one has been an easy read so well written, it transports its readers in time and place.
As funny as it is sad, so compelling.
I read this in one sitting, it’s so beautifully written and a great comfort read for anyone recently bereaved. It makes sense of the mourning process somehow even though everyone’s story is personal and unique.
A very touching and poignant book full of love admiration and grit. After suffering not a death but my son being paralysed it really touched a nerve. The helplessness and hopelessness of it all. In some ways I think having to see him every day is probably worse than a death but reading this I could certainly relate to his feelings.