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All Things Bright and beautiful,
This review is from: Our Billie (Paperback)All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small.....
This song could have been written for Billie Holiday Clayton, the daughter of Ian, the word smith who has just taken me through the pages of his book "Our Billie",
it is every parents worst nightmare, the tragedy of losing a child, the grief, the guilt the sheer hell of a spring day's adventure which turns into the most tragic nightmare, a day which has turned all the families lives around and one which will be with them for the rest of their days.
It is the true story of the events of a spring day, when an innocent trip up a lazy river in a canoe, turns into a raging monster and swallows them up, spitting out the Father and son but swallowing the beautiful Billie, twin sister to Edward who survives.
This is the most moving story I have ever read, as Ian tells his story I am constantly pushing my feet into the soggy boots he has to borrow, as his own are swept away down the cruel river, trying to imagine how I would feel in the same circumstances, my heart goes out to all. At times I feel I am intruding, such is the talent of the writer.
This is the story of love and survival, not with the bitterness of the day, but with the wonderful strength of spirit, of a family determined to turn their own loss into a positive. Billie will never be forgotten, her memory will live on and shape the musical lives of the children of her home town of Featherstone, in Yorkshire, her family inspired by Billie's love of music, work ceaselessley raising funds to buy musical instruments for the children also providing the tuition to play them, who knows one day the "Billie Holiday Clayton Fund" will produce one musician she would have been proud of, who knows it may even be her twin brother Edward, who is studying the piano.
This is a book every parent should read.