This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals (Hardback)
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This Party's Dead: Grief, Joy and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 18/02/2021
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What if we responded to death... by throwing a party?

By the time Erica Buist's father-in-law Chris was discovered, upstairs in his bed, his book resting on his chest, he had been dead for over a week. She searched for answers (the artery-clogging cheeses in his fridge?) and tried to reason with herself (does daughter-in-law even feature in the grief hierarchy?) and eventually landed on an inevitable, uncomfortable truth: everybody dies.

While her husband maintained a semblance of grace and poise, Erica found herself consumed by her grief, descending into a bout of pyjama-clad agoraphobia, stalking friends online to ascertain whether any of them had also dropped dead without warning, unable to extract herself from the spiral of death anxiety... until one day she decided to reclaim control

With Mexico's Day of the Dead festivities as a starting point, Erica decided to confront death head-on by visiting seven death festivals around the world - one for every day they didn't find Chris. From Mexico to Nepal, Sicily, Thailand, Madagascar, Japan and finally Indonesia - with a stopover in New Orleans, where the dead outnumber the living ten to one - Erica searched for the answers to both fundamental and unexpected questions around death anxiety.

This Party's Deadis the account of her journey to understand how other cultures deal with mortal terror, how they move past the knowledge that they're going to die in order to live happily day-to-day, how they celebrate rather than shy away from the topic of death - and how when this openness and acceptance are passed down through the generations, death suddenly doesn't seem so scary after all.

Publisher: Unbound
ISBN: 9781783529544
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 222 x 141 mm

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“A fascinating memoir exploring deathivals around the world”

I received a review copy from Unbound via NetGalley of ‘This Party’s Dead’ by Erica Buist. It is subtitled: Grief, Joy and Spilled Rum at the World's Death Festivals.

‘Spoiler Alert: We are all going to die.’... More

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“Full of humour about death”

Well, who would have thought a book about death and death festivals would be so entertaining? We start the book on what the author calls the “Worst Tuesday” when her father-in-law to be is found dead in his house and... More

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“Beautiful, thought provoking book”

I supported the writing of This Party’s Dead and followed its development via Unbound and I am so glad I did.

It is a beautiful, gentle, thought provoking and funny book that above all bursts with love.

I know how... More

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