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.
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.
Just finished reading this delightful and touching book. Beautiful account of the grieving process and of a shared beach life by the sea. When is volume 2 could read more of the story of these twos life together and more of Janes personal life before Nick.