Held by the Sea Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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A very favourable comparison between Held by the Sea and Joan Didion s Year of Magical Thinking... Jane mourns with the sea constantly in her sights... Anyone who knows the beaches of North Cornwall will know that they are possessed of a special kind of light, well-recognised by the Newlyn artists... somehow I sensed that light reflected in the pages of Held by the Sea. There is grace here along with that life-saving glimmer of hope for anyone feeling that pain of loss. --DoveGreyReader
A profound book. It describes factually and lyrically the many aspects of grief, of loss, of rebuilding a life after a partner s death... Her reflection on death, life, love, labour, fishing, creating, surviving and thinking confirms the essence of life in everything and the important part that death plays in emphasising what life means. --Western Morning News
It takes a strong woman to present their grief to the world and Jane Darke does a tremendous job of it in this book. A truly emotional read that will leave you with a tear in your eye and a heart full of admiration. --Cornish Today
About the Author
Jane Darke is a painter and filmmaker based in north Cornwall. Her film, The Art of Catching Lobsters , dealt with the death of her husband, Nick, and was described by the Daily Telegraph as a simple touching insight into love and grief while the Daily Mail reviewed it as one of the most heartbreaking and uplifting programmes of the year . She was awarded the First Director award at the Celtic Film and Television Festival for her first film, The Wrecking Season .