If the Spirit Moves You by Justine Picardie

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If the Spirit Moves You is the story of life after death-it chronicles a year in the life of Justine Picardie following the death of her sister, her soulmate, from breast cancer. It tells of the yearning to conjure again a voice from the vast silence, of how we fill the space that appears when someone dies, or how the void fills itself, of a bond between sisters that, like an endless conversation, carries on.

Told in a series of diary entries from Good Friday 2000 to Easter Sunday 2001, it is filled with significant characters from the author's life-her Jewish academic father, who searches for answers to life's existential questions in the Kabbalah; her Catholic therapist mother; her husband; her children-as well as the spiritualists she encounters and their machines that speak to the dead.

If the Spirit Moves You is poignant and bracing, cosmic and uplifting, all at once.
 

About Justine Picardie

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Justine Picardie is a journalist working most recently at British Vogueand as editor of the Observer Magazine.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by MACMILLAN. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Written in the form of a diary, in a polished voice capable of both intense poignancy and dry humor, she tells of chasing spirits with the College of Psychic Studies and the Society for Psychical Research, with sensitives consequential and mortifyingly inconsequential, with spirit channelers who ...

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Vigor Mortis: The End of the Death Taboo Kate Berridge 320pp, Profile, £17.99 If the Spirit Moves You: Life and Love after Death Justine Picardie 208pp, Macmillan, £15.99 The Angel of Death is abroad throughout the land: you can hear the tapping of his word processor.

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Publishers Weekly

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As an editor at London's Observer, Picardie hired her younger sister, Ruth, to write a series of columns chronicling her personal experiences with breast cancer.

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