After You Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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A brave and extraordinary testament of bereavement, as honest as any I have ever read (Observer )
Written with remarkable wisdom, grace and courage, it is a portrait of a woman fighting to reconcile death with life, and managing to do exactly that. How proud her husband would have been (Mail on Sunday )
McElhone writes with great honesty and without self pity . . . A masterclass in graceful endurance (Sunday Times )
A remarkable story of emotional survival, beautifully told (Daily Mail ) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Natascha McElhone was born in London in 1971. She has starred in a wide range of TV, film and theatre including The Truman Show and Californication. She lives in London with her three boys.
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Ms McElhone's book was featured in a Sunday paper last week, and after reading excerpts, I immediately ordered it. When it arrived, I read it in one greedy go. It's a short book, made up of diary entries and letters she wrote to her husband, who died while she was away filming, and while pregnant with their third son.
The first thing that struck me was the style of writing. Ms McElhone's prose is beautiful at times, but it's shot through with anger, panic and frustration. It's jerky in style, seemingly bouncing from one thing to another. At times it numbly describes the practicalities of death - choosing a coffin, where and how to do the funeral - at others, the words howl at you, and you can almost taste her lonlieness, her forlornness and her horror when the realisation of her situation hits her wiith juggernaut force, again and again. I found myself nodding along at times - she describes in one entry trying to get a phone company to switch the account from her husband's name to hers, and you can feel the heaviness in her heart when she tells them, no, he can't come to the phone as he has died, and the grim acceptance of their half-hearted condolences. I have made those calls, heard those words and my heart broke for her.Read more ›
I did actually know Martin, in my days training to be a plastic surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital in London, as a smart, personable, subtly funny, driven and enviably talented colleague, and once met Natascha, briefly, at the hospital's 1997 Christmas party.Read more ›
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Beautifully written book by a wife of a surgeon who was supposed to be doing my plastic surgery after contracting skin cancer on my nose. Read morePublished 8 months ago by fluffy
I envy this woman for a) finding such a beautiful and complete love in the first place, and b) for her utter courage and strength after such a horrific loss.Published 14 months ago by MISS S L FENN
Brilliant book, amotionally written, I cried throughout when reading it!Published 17 months ago by Miss J Voronova
Appalling. I got to around 8 pages in and ditched it. A "stream of consciousness" drivel that probably wouldn't even have been published had McElhone not been otherwise... Read morePublished 20 months ago by G. ARNOTT