Troubador Edna's Death Cafe

Released: 05/09/2018

eISBN: 9781789011579

Format: eBook

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Edna's Death Cafe

Talking about death, celebrating life


As in life, death is not without its agenda. This is something seventy-nine year old Edna Reid finds out when her partner, Ted, suddenly dies.

To cope with her loss, she sets up a Death Cafe to break down the taboo around death and to encourage other members of the community to discuss it openly. Over tea and cake, the participants hide their fears behind a veil of dark humour.

Religious fanaticism clashes with Victorian spiritualism as Edna’s meetings trigger lively conversations on the fragility of life, anxiety over dying, cost of funerals, and making sure long-lost greedy relatives don’t benefit from inheritances.

Soon, a series of events begin to unfold which threaten to undermine Edna’s livelihood and the Death Cafe meetings. These events just happen to coincide with the arrival of a mysterious stranger into the village.

Who is she and why is she so hostile to Edna?

A witty, engaging and beautifully told story about a subject that we often shy away from - dealing with the realities of death. Despite the seemingly dark subject matter, it made me laugh out loud (OK, I snorted!), but also made me pause for thought. Highly recommended.

by Sara

We obviously have no possibility of preparing for our own birth but we rarely think about planning for our own death, only for fleeting moments when we come face to face with the loss of a friend or relative.
Angelena Boden's novel, based in a village in the Peak District is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes sombre take involving a collection of locals who, despite several reservations and scepticism eventually get involved when the owner of their local cafe, Edna, following a personal loss of a loved one decides to run a series of Death Cafe meetings.
Great characterisation and an entertaining read.

by Will Edwards

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