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The Madness of Grief


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The Reverend Richard Coles is the presenter of SATURDAY LIVE on BBC Radio 4. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number-one hit single and appeared on STRICTLY COME DANCING. He read Theology at King's College London, and after ordination worked as a curate in Lincolnshire and subsequently at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. He is the author of LIVES OF THE IMPROBABLE SAINTS and two memoirs, the bestselling FATHOMLESS RICHES and BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES (both W&N). He presents 'Saturday Morning Live' on BBC Radio 4 and lives in his parish of Finedon, Northamptonshire.www.richardcoles.comwww.twitter.com/RevRichardColes


Beautiful, honest and massively comforting. * Dawn French *
Immensely moving and disarmingly witty. * Nigella Lawson *
Such a moving, tough, funny, raw, honest read. The beautiful articulation of Richard's grief will be a comfort to so many. * Matt Haig *
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, bestselling author of BREATHTAKING *
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 and Written in Bone *
This is a book that captures brilliantly, beautifully, bravely the comedy as well as the tragedy of bereavement. The Madness of Grief is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, painful and strangely comforting as it confronts the reality of what happens to us all in the end. -- Rachel Sylvester * THE TIMES *
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. -- Victoria Segal * THE SUNDAY TIMES *
His musings on joining the ranks of what he calls "fellow casualties of the war with death" will strike a chord with anyone who has grieved... The book 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. -- Martin Chilton * INDEPENDENT *
Heartbreakingly sad and searingly honest... For those who find themselves bereaved, this book is sure to help. -- Nicole Carmichael * DAILY MIRROR *
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 *
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 *
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. -- Alex Burrows * THE QUIETUS *
In this memoir, he 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. -- The Revd Mark Oakley * CHURCH TIMES *
Deeply moving . . . [the book] has an immediacy that is not born of long reflection and it is all the better for it * FINANCIAL 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. -- Hannah Stephenson * I NEWSPAPER *
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 *

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