Before the Light Fades (Hardback)
  • Before the Light Fades (Hardback)
zoom

Before the Light Fades (Hardback)

(author)
£18.99
Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 31/08/2023
  • 5+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

'A fascinating story of courage, doubt and defiance across three generations' SARAH WATERS

'A fierce and beautiful book' EDMUND DE WAAL

'Heartfelt and upfront... A grieving daughter rediscovers her mother's political past' BLAKE MORRISON, Guardian

'A compelling reconstruction of her mother's life as a young anti-nuclear activist defying her suburban parents' CATHERINE TAYLOR, Financial Times

'Eloquent, piercing, gloriously humane' PHILIPPE SANDS

After the sudden death of her mother at age 75, Natasha Walter was thrown into a time of bewilderment and sadness.

It was only when she began to search back through Ruth's history, that she began to understand how her life led to death by her own hand. She learns that Ruth had been brought up to be a conventional young woman, but chose to take huge risks and even break the law for her beliefs in the nuclear disarmament movement of the 1960s.

Reaching further back she explores the history of Ruth's parents, and the story of her grandfather who, as part of the anti-Nazi resistance in the 1930s in Germany, was imprisoned for three years and then went on the run across Europe, finally finding safety in England.

Honest about loss, this memoir also searches for what is valuable in the legacy of a family who lived through some of the great crises of the twentieth century. Without false hope, and with honest passion, Natasha Walter shows us why, even when success is far from assured, it is always important to stand up for what you believe.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349017822
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 214 x 140 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Walter's wise, thoughtful memoir is both deeply affecting and unexpectedly inspiring. A fascinating story of courage, doubt and defiance across three generations, it's the perfect read for daunting times. - Sarah Waters

An eloquent, piercing, gloriously humane memoir on the wonders of life in the most difficult of moments. It touched me very much. - Philippe Sands

A fierce and beautiful book - Edmund de Waal

An important and beautiful memoir about how a daughter's feelings for the loss of her beloved mother changes and evolves through grief... dark, painful but also illuminating and healing - Julia Samuel

Deeply passionate and humane... [a] compelling reconstruction of her mother's life as a young anti-nuclear activist defying her suburban parents... Walter writes powerfully in the book's conclusion about the current challenges facing refugees to the UK - Catherine Taylor, Financial Times

Heartfelt and upfront... A grieving daughter rediscovers her mother's political past - Blake Morrison, Guardian

Truly fascinating... A powerful reminder that our actions really do matter - Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

This is a potent book... Walter spreads it out before us with great tenderness, exquisite writing, clear eyes and an open heart - Louisa Young, Perspective

A book about sadness and memory and the attempts people make to come to terms with overwhelming pain... provides an interesting contrast between the feminist issues that ran through her mother's life and those that have determined her own - Caroline Moorehead, Times Literary Supplement

In this succinct and deeply serious memoir, Natasha relives the days and weeks after her mother's death... the book demonstrates fascinatingly is how children react against their parents - Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Daily Mail

An examination, both glancing and gripping, of [her mother's] life... Walter's familiarity with the displaced and fearful makes her a gentle chronicler of the lives of her grandparents - Claudia Fitzherbert, Literary Review

Walter writes brilliantly about how little a child knows about their parents, and uncovers Ruth's life as the daughter of Jews who fled persecution, and became a Sixties' activist. This is unflinchingly honest: the best book I have read this year - The Tablet

In the course of deeply pondering her mother's legacy, Walter does indeed find meaning, though it's bitter and hard won... The light may well be fading, she concedes; the challenge is to make your stand all the same - Spectator

You may also be interested in...

Politics On the Edge
Added to basket
Surviving to Drive
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Poor
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Unleashed
Added to basket
£30.00
Hardback
Wimbledon
Added to basket
£22.00   £16.99
Hardback
Everything I Know About Love
Added to basket
MILF
Added to basket
£22.00   £17.99
Hardback
Can't Hurt Me
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback
The Trading Game
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
Lucky
Added to basket
£22.00   £17.99
Hardback
The Twat Files
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Way of the Hermit
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Knife
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki
Added to basket
Abroad in Japan
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: