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Kadian Journal [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Harding
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In July 2012 Thomas Harding’s fourteen-year-old son Kadian was killed in a bicycle accident. Shortly afterwards Thomas began to write. This book is the result.

Beginning on the day of Kadian’s death, and continuing to the one-year anniversary, and beyond, Kadian Journal is at once a record of grief, a moving tribute to a lost son, and a celebration of a life lived to its fullest.

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"Out of unbearable grief comes a book of profound love: there is no shred of self-pity in this marvellous book. The malicious and random brutality of fate and the racking pain of loss have met their match in Thomas Harding who miraculously turns those horrors into something memorably great." (Stephen Fry)

"Harding's remarkable memoir is written with transparent emotional intelligence. It makes one understand how it was for a father to lose a boy unique in his eyes and loved by everyone who knew him: Kadian." (Kate Kellaway Observer)

"This is the very best account of a parent’s bereavement I have ever read, a powerfully immediate and clear-eyed record of a devastating experience. It is also a love story, true and deep – offering film-like clips of the joys of parenthood, and of the agony when it abruptly ends." (Julia Samuel, Founder and Patron of Child Bereavement UK)

"Heartbreaking … profoundly moving … a tender tribute." (Daily Mail)

"A wonderful book, unflinching in its portrayal of the agony - and fury - of grief but at the same time filled with the incandescent love and joy felt by a father for his son, his beautiful boy. Rarely has that intimacy been so lyrically and beautifully described." (Sally Brampton)

"Heart-breaking … For a man in such raw, intense pain, Harding writes with incredible precision … Kadian Harding’s 14 years shine brilliantly from its pages … Thomas Harding has been generous in sharing his boy with me and I am grateful he found words." (Helen Brown Daily Telegraph)

"This book is raw and heart-breaking but it is never intrusive or gratuitous. The writing is real and spare, the love so very deep that the reader can scarcely look away … A beautiful tribute." (Sunday Express)

"A memoir, a threnody and a love song" (The Times)

"Stunning. The most moving book I've read." (Ian Austin MP)

"A raw and compelling read, weaving between the accident, its aftermath, precious moments in Kadian's life and the unique relationship between a father and son." (Angela Levin Daily Telegraph)

Book Description

A poignant, painful and inspiring evocation of a lost son, and of the burden of grief from the Costa Award shortlisted author of Hanns and Rudolf.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (22 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434023019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434023011
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly honest account of a tragedy 28 Jun. 2014
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It is impossible to imagine being in Thomas Harding's place - watching a loved child die in an accident. So it would be wrong to say that the book helps us to "understand" the grief. But we can empathise with the emotions and the book will help anyone who is going through anything similar. The honesty cries out from each page - the deep love, regret, guilt and, ultimately, celebration of a life that any parent or child or person will recognise. A beautiful book about a beautiful boy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An emotional roller coaster alternating smiles with tears. I don't know the family but I was on the A4 the day of the accident and feel very close to this story. I read the book cover to cover in 48 hours which is unheard of for me. A beautiful and moving account of a young life and a father's grief. I really feel for the family and I hope that writing this book helps them come to terms with their loss. It is a challenging read and makes you stop and think about your own life as well as reaching out to the author. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful tribute 30 Jun. 2014
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This is a difficult book to read especially if, like me,you are a parent. Thomas is so skilled as a writer he can find words to describe this unthinkable nightmare. I found this book utterly heartbreaking and although I am praising it please be warned it will upset you. Thomas succeeds in bringing kadian to life on these pages, what a lovely remarkable young man he sounds to have been. Thomas and Deborah sound to have given him a wonderful life in those all too short years. What I took away from this book is this, you can only take reasonable precautions against disaster. Life is sometimes random and cruel. I know a part of him will always feel responsible for what happened but it could happen to anyone sadly. You could deny your children all that fun and adventure, which Kadian got to experience, in the name of keeping them safe and something could still strike out of the blue. Whilst being a terribly sad account of loss and love this manages to also be a celebration of a life lived to the full.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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An exceptionally personal and moving story, that is really well written. It is a book that you will still remember, long after you have finished reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 24 May 2015
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I found it impossible to put this book down. I bought it soon after my husband passing away. Many of the fillings the writer has also apply to.mine: dizzy, forgetting things. My husband died after a long and good life. Kadian at the start of a life still very young. But what a brilliant, lovely person. He will shine as a very bright star in the sky and in your hearts. Thank you for getting to know your brilliant son.Anna Chalk
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
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A Heartbreaking but beautiful read ...
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