Saturday, 9 May 2020

Review: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

A perfect family holiday very suddenly turned to tragedy for British journalist Decca Aitkenhead when her husband, Tony, drowned whilst rescuing their son who has been caught in the tide. In this autobiography, Aitkenhead recounts her unlikely relationship with Tony, a former drug dealer who had previously been in jail, but had who turned his life around and become passionate about helping troubled teenagers. But it is more than a story of two unlikely people who meet and bring out the best in each other. It is also a story of grieving and how life can change in an instant. 

This was a short but compelling read, tinged with sadness. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this book is the way that the author makes herself vulnerable, depicting not only her grief, but the inner workings of a less than conventional relationship, one that managed to work despite all odds. 

Recommended.