Book review: Hood by Emma Donoghue

Pen O’Grady makes her way through the first week after her girlfriend, Cara Wall, dies in a traffic accident. She confides in the reader her thoughts and reminiscences on her life with Cara, as well as on the mundane matters of taking phone messages and arranging for time off work.   The humour and irreverence of Pen’s voice is charming in itself but there are … Continue reading Book review: Hood by Emma Donoghue

Book review: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

The English translation is available as two novellas in one book: Kitchen and then the shorter, Moonlight Shadow. In both stories young women are finding their way through the aftermath of the death of a loved one.   In Kitchen, Mikage, who has already lost both parents and a grandfather, is now reeling from the death of her grandmother. Finding herself alone in the world, … Continue reading Book review: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Book review: The Owl At The Window

Carl Gorham has written a memoir about life with his wife Vikki, her death and how he got through the first year or so of widowhood with their six-year-old daughter.   I listened to the audiobook version, which is read by comedian Alan Davies. It might be my favourite reading of an audiobook. His voice conveys real warmth and copes equally well with the emotionally … Continue reading Book review: The Owl At The Window

Book review: Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Amidst the froth and scattiness, Helen Fielding treats her heroine’s response to grief with light but splendid realism.
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Review: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

Decca is a British journalist whose first book was The Promised Land. Travels in search of the perfect E. I read her in Cosmopolitan in my twenties and she now writes about politics, the arts and more for The Guardian. She’s always seemed razor-sharp and fearless and she brings every ounce of that to her new book, All at Sea. The story tells of her … Continue reading Review: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

Review: Bough Down by Karen Green

Like Imtiaz Dharker, Green is an artist as well as poet and her pictures illustrate this collection of poems.   The images in the pictures are fragmented and obscured, which echo the feel of the poems as they sift through events for shards of meaning.   Her husband was a well-known novelist who died by suicide and there is a pervasive sense of shock and … Continue reading Review: Bough Down by Karen Green

Book review: The Snow Leopard

Peter Matthiessen was forty-six and recently widowed when he went trekking in the Himalayas. This book is his account of that trip, taken with a friend who was studying rare wildlife.   The narrative is written in the form of a diary and melds together travelogue, detailed cataloguing of natural history and an introduction to Buddhism.   Among his many works of fiction and non-fiction, … Continue reading Book review: The Snow Leopard

Book review: The Girl You Left Behind By Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes has a huge following and is maybe best known for Me Before You, which was recently made into a film. That book’s sequel, After You, deals with a young woman figuring out her life after the death of her boyfriend.   This book, The Girl You Left Behind, was published in the same year as Me Before You and centres around a French … Continue reading Book review: The Girl You Left Behind By Jojo Moyes

Christmas in grief memoirs

There are few feelings better than someone saying exactly how you’re feeling, especially when you can’t find the words yourself. We’ve gathered together some words about Christmas from some superb widowed memoirs and the last one is from a radio show.   Genevieve Davis Ginsburg was a marriage counsellor when her husband died. Her book is a practical how-to, with the insight of how her … Continue reading Christmas in grief memoirs

Book review: The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

Georgia Waltz had the perfect, super-swanky everything until her husband dropped dead while training for the New York City marathon. She then discovered there was rather a lot he hadn’t told her, most pressingly, that they had no money.   This is not a how-to on regaining solvency after losing it all but it is an escapist caper about rich New Yorkers, laced with some … Continue reading Book review: The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

Our interview with Amy Biancolli

There is so much warmth in Amy’s book, Figuring Shit Out, about the first weeks and months after her husband’s suicide. And if you live in a part of the world where there are not neighbourhood bands and neighbours don’t respond to grief with an extensive rota of hot meals then you might want to start some new traditions.   Q: You’ve done a TEDx … Continue reading Our interview with Amy Biancolli

Our interview with Mark Liebenow

If Mark’s writings don’t have you packing a rucksack or at least taking a stroll through the park then he’ll undoubtedly have you wandering around Yosemite in your imagination. Grief is a natural process and by turning to nature when his wife died, Mark shows us how it can help us soothe the pain and find balance and meaning again.   Q: You write a … Continue reading Our interview with Mark Liebenow