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Held by the Sea Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; First Edition edition (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285638599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285638594
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 .


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Set against the backdrop of the wild Cornish coastline, this book follows the author's bid to come to terms with the loss of her husband Nick, before recharting their romance - retelling the story of their lives together. I think it is an amazing insight into a process rarely dealt with in any medium and contains beautiful descriptions of the nature surrounding the author. Challenging in places, I found this to be an uplifting and life-affirming read.
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A brave, honest memoir about love and loss, Held by the Sea is also an intimate portrait of the author's husband, the playwright, Nick Darke, and a meditation on Cornwall and its natural history. Writing with a lyrical intensity, she negotiates the strange, lonely madness of grief and the peculiarities of widowhood with warmth and wit. She describes the twenty-five years she spent with Nick candidly and sets their relationship and her unfolding grief within the landscape of the North Atlantic Coast, finding solace in the ocean waves, the shifting sands, fishing, the minutiae of rockpools and the moon. Thoroughly recommended.
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