Heart warming and thought provoking a truly amazing read!
I adored this book! I laughed, I cried, I nodded my head in agreement, as someone who has not only lost a parent, has a parent with MS and is a parent myself I could relate to this book on so many different levels and it will stay with me for years to come.
My favourite quote from the book has to be “He had focussed more on the dead than the living. “You get fewer complaints that way” he had told me with a shrug.”
by Cherrie Walker
A very thoughtful, emotional read, both happy and sad.
by Shelia Nixon
This is a wonderful book. It combines loving details of relationships with extended family over many decades with insightful observations and personal reflection on what it is to be a parent, a child, a son and a father. It examines the writing process on a personal level, and draws on journals, letters, poems and musings from multiple generations of the same extended family. From Jewish refugees who arrived in the UK in 1900 to Irish farmers of the mid century and including contributions from the author's children born after 2000 , it covers a century of struggle, romance, loving, birthing and dying, but most importantantly of living. Of living the sorts of lives which we all live, full of uncertainty but also full of love; struggle as well as success, feelings of overwhelming sorrow at the loss of a beloved daughter still in her teens, and of overwhelming joy at the birth of a grandchild. And the eternal mystery of what it all means, coping somehow with losing one's parents at whatever age we are, and how to guide and nurture the next generation. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who is a son, daughter, father or mother, and who ponders on life's mysteries while trying to receive and give love to one's family, past, present and future..
by Adrian Walker