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

Books on multiple bereavements: Blue Nights

There are very few books about grief for the death of a grown-up child. Fewer still written by widowed people. The widow taking on this subject is one of the best writers in recent decades.   Blue Nights by Joan Didion   This is the second half of the story that begins in A Year of Magical Thinking. The first book describes the first year … Continue reading Books on multiple bereavements: Blue Nights

Book review: A Grief Observed

If anyone has pressed a bereavement book into your hand, there’s a good chance that it was A Grief Observed. First published in 1961, it regularly features in amazon’s top ten bereavement bestsellers. The author, C.S. Lewis, was a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and is best known for his Chronicles of Narnia series, which starts with The Lion, the Witch and the … Continue reading Book review: A Grief Observed