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The Resource All at sea : a memoir, Decca Aitkenhead

All at sea : a memoir, Decca Aitkenhead

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All at sea : a memoir
Title
All at sea
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Decca Aitkenhead
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Language
eng
Summary
"A beautifully written, breathtakingly honest, unsentimental, and profound memoir from one of the UK's most popular journalists. On a hot, still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead's life changed forever. Her four-year-old son was paddling peacefully at the water's edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son's life--then drowned before her eyes. When Decca and Tony first met, a decade earlier, she was a renowned Guardian journalist, profiling leading politicians of the day; he was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did--until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy. Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, All at Sea is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other's lives, and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ While on a relaxing family beach vacation in Jamaica, Guardian journalist Aitkenhead
			watched helplessly as her husband, Tony, drowns after rescuing their four-year-old son. Her remarkable memoir recounts the emotional toll his death takes on her and her two sons. The narrative explores how the foggy lens of truth, through which she, as a journalist, previously viewed tragedy, can shatter when tragedy hits home. Aitkenhead and Tony made for an unlikely pair. She covered the political beat for the Guardian while he dealt drugs and smoked crack, with violence part of his life. Yet the couple fell in love and had two sons together, and Tony became a model husband and father. Aitkenhead probes her own psyche to explore the numerous incongruities in her life that surface during her relationship with Tony. She looks at the serious depression that arose in her family when her mother died. Aitkenhead’s tightly written memoir looks beyond commonly held truths, taking readers deep into the morass of human emotion and leaving them gasping for air. Agent: Natasha Fairweather, United Agents. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/16/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 20, p)
  • An award-winning journalist's account of how she came to terms with the accidental drowning death of her beloved companion and father of her two children. When Aitkenhead met Tony, she was a successful writer for the Guardian who had grown up with two bohemian parents. He was a charming mixed-race crack addict who "wholesaled cocaine for a living" and smelled of "designer cologne and cannabis." Both were married, but in time, they developed a powerful attraction to each other and left their respective spouses to become "the most implausible couple I had ever known." Their challenging but ultimately happy union came to a tragic end 10 years later on a beach in Jamaica where Tony died trying to save their small son from drowning. Aitkenhead remembers her partner—who defied all stereotypes of a street-hustling gangster—with deep affection. "Although a criminal, he was trustworthy and surprisingly guileless," she writes, and had a "deep hippy streak" that manifested in a love of camping, cooking, and children. A few years into their relationship, the author discovered that she was pregnant and left Tony out of fear for what his crack habit would do to their child. Unwilling to lose her, Tony immediately joined a Cocaine Anonymous group and ended all crack use. He embraced his role as father and later as a charity worker who helped "desperately dispossessed children" from dysfunctional households. With Aitkenhead's encouragement, Tony went to college and earned a degree in psychology and criminology. That she and her partner were able to learn from each other and work through their race and class differences to form a cohesive family unit makes the book memorable. But in the end, it is the author's resilience after her lover's death—which she describes with poised eloquence—that renders the narrative especially satisfying. An unsentimental yet affecting memoir.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2016)
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autobiography
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10521869
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Aitkenhead, Decca
Dewey number
070.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Aitkenhead, Decca
  • Aitkenhead, Decca
  • Journalists
  • Bereavement
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General
  • Bereavement
  • Journalists
  • Great Britain
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All at sea : a memoir, Decca Aitkenhead
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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1611571
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
225 pages
Isbn
9780385540650
Lccn
2016006847
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780385540650
  • (OCoLC)931642275
Label
All at sea : a memoir, Decca Aitkenhead
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1611571
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
225 pages
Isbn
9780385540650
Lccn
2016006847
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385540650
  • (OCoLC)931642275

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