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The Breath of Sadness By Ian Ridley

The Breath of Sadness by Ian Ridley

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Summary

When Ian Ridley's wife, the trailblazing sports reporter Vikki Orvice, died of cancer at 56, he was plunged into a sadness he expected and a madness he did not. Seeking solace from the brutality of his grief and anxiety, he spent a summer watching county cricket, and has written a poignant, tender and candid exploration of love and loss.

The Breath of Sadness Summary

The Breath of Sadness: On love, grief and cricket by Ian Ridley

When Ian Ridley's wife, the trailblazing sports reporter Vikki Orvice, died of cancer at the age of 56, he found himself plunged deep into a sadness that he expected and a world of madness that he did not. In an attempt to make sense of it all and seek some solace from the brutality of his grief and anxiety, he embarks on a summer of watching county cricket. Reliving bitter-sweet memories in places he and Vikki had visited together, he is alternately unnerved and consoled by the ebbs and flows of his mourning. But gradually, against a backdrop of the County Championship's peace and solitude - with the sun on his back and tea, cake and crossword at his side - he finds a way to survive the rhythms and cadences of his grief. The Breath of Sadness is an unflinching account of how we carry on when we are left behind, and a poignant, tender and candid exploration of love and loss.

The Breath of Sadness Reviews

"Ian Ridley's beautifully crafted memoir shows there is no right or wrong way to grieve, and yet grieve we must. A moving insight." JULIA SAMUEL, author of Sunday Times bestsellers Grief Works and This Too Shall Pass. "A fine meditation on life, love, death and grief forged during a gentle summer of county cricket." MICHAEL ATHERTON, former England cricket captain. "If there's ever been a more honest, intimate, visceral, unflinching account of grief than this, well, I'd be very surprised." CHARLIE CONNELLY, THE NEW EUROPEAN. "A heart-rending read. What Ridley has written in his wonderful book is a love letter to the game." JIM WHITE, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH. "I have been immeasurably moved by it." VANESSA FELTZ, BBC RADIO 2. "A love song. Like all the best such tunes it is a sad one, yet also, in the end, life-enhancing." ALEX MASSIE, THE SPECTATOR. "Beautifully produced. A book that will bring comfort to many in that same sad but often inevitable place. Humanity is at hand." JOHN HOTTEN, WISDEN CRICKET MONTHLY." Candid and ultimately life-affirming. One of those rare books that takes you on a journey you didn't want to have to take but feel privileged to be on." STEPHEN KELMAN, BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR.

About Ian Ridley

Ian Ridley is the author of 12 sports books, including the No.1 best-selling Addicted with the former Arsenal and England captain, Tony Adams, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Over a 40-year career, he has written for numerous publications, including the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday and the Mail on Sunday, for whom he was chief football writer, and was named Sports Journalist of the Year in the 2007 British Press Awards. He has also written TV scripts, for Sky One's Dream Team, and a novel, The Outer Circle.

Additional information

GOR010779282
9781838030001
183803000X
The Breath of Sadness: On love, grief and cricket by Ian Ridley
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Floodlit Dreams Ltd
2020-07-14
320
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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