The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Hardback)
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The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages
Published: 01/04/2021
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Emotionally charged yet clear-sighted and reflective, the Reverend Richard Coles's account of grief in the wake of his partner’s sudden death provides much comfort and profound insight into the nature of life, death, religion and community.

Whether it is pastoral care for the bereaved, discussions about the afterlife, or being called out to perform the last rites, death is part of the Reverend Richard Coles's life and work. But when his partner the Reverend David Coles died, shortly before Christmas in 2019, much about death took Coles by surprise. For one thing, David's death at the early age of forty-three was unexpected.

The man that so often assists others to examine life's moral questions now found himself in need of help. He began to look to others for guidance to steer him through his grief. The flock was leading the shepherd. Much about grief surprised him: the volume of 'sadmin' you have to do when someone dies, how much harder it is travelling for work alone, even the pain of typing a text message to your partner - then realising you are alone.

The Reverend Richard Coles's deeply personal account of life after grief will resonate, unforgettably, with anyone who has lost a loved one.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474619622
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 22 mm


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Beautiful, honest and massively comforting - DAWN FRENCH

Immensely moving and disarmingly witty - NIGELLA LAWSON

Will strike a chord with anyone who has grieved . . . shines with the sort of wry, self-analytical wisdom you might expect from Coles. Full of resonating reflections, ones that urge us all to be kinder, to love more strongly - INDEPENDENT

Such a moving, tough, funny, raw, honest read. The beautiful articulation of Richard's grief will be a comfort to so many - MATT HAIG

Captures brilliantly, beautifully, bravely the comedy as well as the tragedy of bereavement . . . simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, painful and strangely comforting as it confronts the reality of what happens to us all in the end - THE TIMES

Beautifully written, moving and gut-wrenching, but also at times very funny, each smile and laugh a candle in the dark - IAN RANKIN

An astonishingly brave, bold and honest book about the tragedy - and unexpected comedy - of bereavement. Such a harrowing, hopeful and comforting book. If I could prescribe Richard Coles, I'd administer him stat to us all - Dr Rachel Clarke, author of DEAR LIFE

This is not a self-help book on how to cope with death and loss, it is an honest, raw and personal account of a man's descent into the Madness of Grief. Richard provides a frank account of the trials and tribulations he endured during the weeks between the death and the funeral of the man he loved. Funny, sad, touching and thought provoking, it reminds us that grief has no normality, no time limit and most importantly, no rules - PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK, author of ALL THAT REMAINS

Bold, intimate writing . . . THE MADNESS OF GRIEF is not a manual for the bereaved, but as a vivid account of how it feels when the world suddenly falls away, it performs another kind of service - THE SUNDAY TIMES

Deeply moving . . . has an immediacy that is not born of long reflection and it is all the better for it - FINANCIAL TIMES

Heartbreakingly sad and searingly honest . . . For those who find themselves bereaved, this book is sure to help - DAILY MIRROR

You don't need to be religious to find comfort in this book. Anybody who has experienced a similar complex grief will relate to many of Coles's anecdotes - Helen Brown, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

In this memoir, Coles shares his truth, stays kind, and, when possible, brings a smile . . . By reflecting the hurts of others' losses with such beauty and integrity, he confirms that it is his open humanity that is priestly. It gives me yet another reason to admire him - CHURCH TIMES

An honest book, and a brave one - THE OLDIE

Moving and candid, this book will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one, or has had to cope with someone they love whom they just cannot help - I NEWSPAPER

Although not a self-help book, the homilies, experience and catharsis within creates invaluable solace. It will resonate for the myriad struggling with grief wrought by the pandemic - THE QUIETUS

Beautifully written, raw and deeply personal . . . A revealing and often funny insight into love and loss - ATTITUDE

This brief, wise, frank book deals with the surreal mundanity of bereavement - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Books of the Summer

His reading is pitch-perfect . . . creating an aural kaleidoscope. It is, at heart, a meditation on the nature of loss and one that is as strangely comforting as it is wrenching and painful - Alex Clark, FINANCIAL TIMES, Audio Books review round up

A WORTHY heir to C. S. Lewis's 'A Grief Observed'... To be in Coles's company is always uplifting, even when he's writing about unbearable sadness and loss. - Ysenda Maxtone-Graham, DAILY MAIL, Best Books of 2021

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“Brilliant and devastating with a universal message”

Written shortly after the death of his partner David in December 2019, the Rev’d Richard Coles’ meditation on love and loss is a raw, honest, and deeply moving account of the few weeks between David’s final admission... More

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“Wonderful read”

Very touching and moving account of true loss. Having lost my partner too, I could relate to a lot of what was written in this book. Death is not an easy subject to talk about so it is a very courageous step to take... More

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“Very moving”

This is an intimate account of death and grief, and the tangled nature of all the little details thereof.

It's hard to know how to "review" something that is clearly so personal, but it's also a... More

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