All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
A Memoir

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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.
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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 life, and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.


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About Decca Aitkenhead

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DECCA AITKENHEAD is an award-winning journalist (1996 Catherine Pakenham Award, Interviewer of the Year in 2009) for The Guardian newspaper. She has been a columnist and features writer for many UK national newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television. She lives in rural Kent with her two young sons.
Author Residence: Kent, UK
 
Published August 16, 2016 by Nan A. Talese. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 15 2016

...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.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 19 2016

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.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Claire Messud on May 07 2016

All at Sea compels the reader’s trust and sympathy, but also provokes us to consider our hypocrisies.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Apr 10 2016

This book is impossible to forget: I finished it in one sitting – in a paralysed, stunned, empathetic trance.

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