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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091906822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091906825
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"brilliantly written and life-affirming" (Elle)

"'searingly honest and ultimately uplifting account'" (She)

"'Open and honest, without a shred of self-pity...a book that will truly inspire you to know that hope conquers all'" (Essentials)

"Anyone who has ever grieved for someone they love should read this book." (Alistair Campbell)

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'Anyone who has ever grieved for someone they love should read this book.' Alistair Campbell

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Schofield on 8 Feb 2006
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I don’t think I can do a review of this book justice as I can’t articulate just how moving and emotional I found it to be. From page one I was hooked; Lindsay Nicholson is your average woman in every way; attempting to juggle a home, a family and a career, and this is what makes her story more terrifying; that someone’s world can be destroyed so suddenly and viciously.
This is a memoir of love and loss, of death and rebirth. Although the book is at times, VERY difficult to read, this is only because Lindsay’s story is so painful and she tells it so movingly and honestly. Reading this book puts everyday problems into perspective and stops you taking life for granted. I couldn’t put this book down and also read it in two days and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it.
But don’t be put off by thinking this is just a painful and upsetting account of bereavement. Yes there are a lot of difficult pages to turn, Lindsay gives a no holds barred account of the intensity of her grief, but it’s also a memoir of strength and courage. She did flounder on the seabed for a long time, but in the end managed to float to the surface and start living again. Lindsay has spent so much of her life coping and dealing with her loss that it was truly wonderful to read of her life slowly being rebuilt by the end of the book.
This book gives hope to anyone who’s ever lost someone dear and will stay with me for a long, long time. Read it – I can guarantee you’ll gulp away tears but it will also make you appreciate everything and everyone you have around you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2005
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This is one of the most honest book I have ever read. From the beginning Lindsay tells of her journey without asking for pity and without trying to be someone she was not. I read most of the book through teary eyes, as I felt that I was really sharing the experiences written about. At the end I didn't come away with a huge sense of happiness and wellbeing that everything had turned out 'nicely' but I somehow felt some of the strength that Lindsay had developed. This is not a book for the newly bereaved as it is a fairly traumatic read, but excellent for someone who is trying to support a friend or family member throught the pain of loss.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug 2005
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This is a book about real life - good and bad, and very hard at times. Lindsay has been unlucky in life's lottery. I have some experiences in common with Lindsay: first in my family to go to university, two daughters and a miscarriage. I have some experiences in common with John: I lived in Exeter during my childhood and I was diagnosed with AML last year. There is a possibility that my chemotherapy has induced MDS, which was Ellie's disease. But most important of all, Lindsay is about my age, so this was my era, my lifetime that she was writing about and what it's been like to be a mother in the 20th/21st century. This book was fascinating, honest, true, harrowing, brilliant....
I read Sheila Hancock's book "My life with John Thaw" just before this; it deserves 5 stars but this book deserves more.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2006
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This book was recommended to me after I lost my mother and 7 year old son within a day of each other to bacterial meningitis. I could totally relate to the madness you swim in and out of whilst trying to continue each day. Lindsay gave me hope that I won't always be on the seabed. It is almost a year since my loss and I know I still have a long way to go, but Lindsay has showed me whilst I will never get over it I can still have a life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "rae_scott" on 13 Aug 2005
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An excellent account of the tramantic experiences suffered by the author and how she got through them. Easy to read (I read the whole thing in two evenings), an unforgettable story which should be read by anyone who has lost someone close.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chrissie on 23 Aug 2008
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This book was very well written and aptly describes how bereavement/depression can temporarily paralyse you. The author was very brave in being so honest about how her temper/anger got the better of her at times, but I didn't feel she lapsed so far into self pity that she lost the reader. I can't imagine what a struggle it must have been to have to get up each morning to look after other people when all you want to do is stay beneath the duvet after losing your husband and child,(but being a parent can demand that of you) The author is one gutsy lady and was very lucky to have supportive friends and family around her. I wish her well in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan E. Green on 8 Mar 2010
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A brilliant book and very well written, I give it top marks and I would recommend it to everyone, even those who have not lost a loved one. We all have to travel this path sometime in our lives, Lindsey has taken us step by step through her grieving without it being a morbid or depressing read. I just could not put this book down, my housework was put on hold. Thank you Lindsey for being so open and for sharing your feelings with us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 9 Aug 2010
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I have been a widow 12 years----this is the second time I have read this book--I now know that I did not lose my mind other widows have felt like I did THANK YOU
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