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The Iceberg: A Memoir

The Iceberg: A Memoir (Paperback)

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"In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the eighteen months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an 'adventure of being and dying'. This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love and language."



BiographyMemoirsHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyCoping with personal problemsCoping with illnessHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyGiving up smokingCoping with death & bereavement Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 02/04/2015 ISBN-13: 9781782393528  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She wrote the introduction to Tom Lubbock's memoir Until Further Notice, I am Alive, published by Granta in 2012. She is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and lives in London with her son.

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I'll be honest: I baulked at reading this for a long time. But now that I have, I want everyone everywhere to take a copy home. Yes, it's harrowing, but it's also about the farthest from a 'misery memoir' you can possibly get. Coutts has an extraordinary ability to tease out the fibres of grief, hold them up to the light and describe them in eloquent, exquisite prose. There's sadness here, but there's also joy, hope, and keen awareness: not so much of the fragility as the hidden strength of everything we take for granted, from loved ones to language itself.

Marion, Fiction

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 17/03/2015

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