Loss, grief and love are the themes of this remarkable memoir from one of Britain's most distinguished poets.
Some months after Dannie Abse's wife Joan died in a car accident in June 2005, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief and a portrait of marriage which lasted more than fifty years. It is an extraordinary document, painful but celebratory; funny as well as sad, bursting with joy as well as sorrow and full of a deep understanding of what it means to be human.
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'A remarkable and tender document' -- Sunday Times
'A supremely fresh and vital performance, matching profound
emotion with witty observation... This is a truly marvellous book' -- Boyd Tonkin, Independent
'For all its painful honesty, a surprisingly joyful and compelling
book... Imbued with all the best qualities of what it means to human and in
-- Owen Sheers, Independent on Sunday
A fragment of autobiography written from the most private part of a poet's heart, with a pen dipped in blood and tears... Elegiac and celebratory -- Daily Telegraph, Carol Ann Duffy
Full of memorable images... As Abse performs the strange and also strangely valuable work of mourning, he offers, with The Presence, wit and balm -- Financial Times
It's a very moving document, suffused with the pain of losing Joan, at the same time acknowledging her continuing presence'
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091796334
Book Description Hutchinson, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091796334
Book Description Hutchinson, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091796334