Will This House Last Forever? (Hardback)
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Will This House Last Forever? (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 24/06/2021
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Depictions of grief don’t come more eloquent than Xanthi Barker’s moving and insightful memoir offering a rich portrait of early loss and the challenges of piecing together a life in retrospect.

When Xanthi Barker's father died when she was in her mid twenties, she could make no sense of her grief for a man who had been absent for most of her life. Her father, poet Sebastian Barker, had left Xanthi, her mother and her brother to pursue writing and a new relationship, when Xanthi was a baby.

Growing up she had always struggled to reconcile his extravagant affection - a rocking horse crafted from scavenged wood, the endless stream of poems and drawings and letters, conversations that spiralled from the structure of starlight to philosophy to Bruce Springsteen - with the fact that he could not be depended upon for more everyday things. Though theirs was a relationship defined by departures, he always returned, so why should this farewell be any different, or more final?

Will This House Last Forever? is a heartfelt and wholly original memoir about the pain of having to come to terms with a parent's mortality, the way grief so utterly defies logic, and about learning to see the flaws in those that we love, and let them go.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472274441
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 36 mm


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'I loved this delicate and engaging story of love and grief so much that it made me wish I was still a bookseller so I could press it into the hands of all my customers... It's so honest and beautifully written' - Cathy Rentzenbrink

'Nuanced, moving and absorbing... open, youthful and uncensored... extraordinary' - The Observer

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I rarely read non fiction but there was something about this book that appealed to me. My first thoughts, during the prologue was that nothing I had read previously had contained as much raw emotion as Will This House... More

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