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Shadow in Tiger Country [Paperback]

Louise Arthur , Tim Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

5 Jun 2000

The extraordinary diary and memoir of just under one year in a woman’s life.

Louise Arthur was diagnosed in February 1999 as terminally ill with a malignant brain tumour. It was inoperable. She was then 28, had been married to Tim for 5 years: and they have a 4 year old daughter.

After reading Ruth Picardie’s book, Louise decided to write her diary – named Shadow Diary – on the web. She started in April – it was frank, poignant, funny, brilliantly observed. Tim also contributed – occasionally – and showed what life was like for him, for their love together. By June 1999, the ‘hits’ to the web site were running at 1,000 a day: she started a column in the Daily Mail: and Channel 4 decided to do a documentary on her.

On January 11, 2000, Louise Arthur died.

Shadow in Tiger Country contains selections from both Louise’s and Tim’s contributions to the Shadow Diary, but has also been written by Tim since her death, and includes samples of both Louise’s earlier writing and her photographs.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Paperback Edition edition (5 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000653242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006532422
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The extraordinary diary and memoir of just under one year in a woman's life.

Louise Arthur was diagnosed in February 1999 as terminally ill with a malignant brain tumour. It was inoperable. She was then 28, had been married to Tim for 5 years: and they have a 4 year old daughter.

After reading Ruth Picardie's book, Louise decided to write her diary – named 'Shadow Diary' – on the web. She started in April – it was frank, poignant, funny, brilliantly observed. Tim also contributed – occasionally – and showed what life was like for him, for their love together. By June 1999, the 'hits' to the web site were running at 1,000 a day: she started a column in the 'Daily Mail' and Channel 4 decided to do a documentary on her.

On January 11,2000, Louise Arthur died.

'Shadow in Tiger Country' contains selections from Louise's and Tim's contributions to the Shadow Diary, but has also been written by Tim since her death and includes samples of both Louise's earlier writing and her photographs.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars empowering 4 May 2003
Format:Paperback
Shadow in Tiger country's first impresion initialy fills the reader with depressing thoughts, given that death is such a taboo subject. However I have never read such a positive, truthful book that engages the reader in addressing the frailtys of human life, which in turn informs the reader of a blueprint to live life to its full potential. Even after the physical is no more Louise has the power to live and I mean LIVE and derive meaning and enjoyment from life. She also describes this passionate love that she experiences with her husband Tim, something that some people will never experience in a lifetime spanning a hundred years or more. Louise and Tim you were very lucky. Read this beautiful empowering book a celabration of life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing and thought provoking 12 Jun 2000
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A tragic true life story of Louise, Tim & Caitlin Arthur following the diagnosis of Louise's terminal cancer. Not just an account of her incredible strength and great humour, but a modern day love story - sadly without a happy ending. It may help you keep life and all its' problems in perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I couldn't put this book down until I had read every last word. Louise comes across as a very brave person, but no more so that Tim her beloved husband. It is a story of true love, blighted but not snuffed out by illness, and I sincerely hope that Tim finds the strength to write another account of his and Caitlin (their daughter) lives are progressing without Louise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read life changer 4 Jun 2000
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Having read the diaries connected to this book I was not sure if it could work, but it does and spectacularly so. The book is thought provoking and poignant. Even though or maybe because I knew the ending, I could not put it down. It made me cry and laugh just the way life does.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enriching true story... 19 July 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a true story. These are real people. Tim and Louise Arthur were married. They did have a daughter. They were happy. Now Tim has been left to raise their beautiful child without her mother. Lousie died of cancer.
I have been known to cry over films, shed a tear if a sentimental song comes on the radio, but never have I cried whilst reading a book. I'm not talking a sniff here or watery eyes. I cried.
This book is beautifully written and a few pages into it you start to feel like you know the author. It is an extremely open and honest account of their relationship, their love for another and their ultimate resignation of Louise's fate.
This book is beautiful and an incredible read. It is not heavy or difficult to get into, it's not hard work... it flows easily and you will laugh as much as you will cry. This story touched me unlike any other book I have ever read.
It is a wonderful example of human courage and that there is such a thing as soulmates.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Aug 2002
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What can I say, a moving yet down to earth book. I have recently been diagnosed with cancer myself and far from being a depressive book found this true story an uplifting and conpulsive read
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