The Madness of Grief

The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 01/04/2021
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The Madness of Grief
Brilliant and devastating with a universal message
Written shortly after the death of his partner David in December 2019, the Rev’d Richard Coles’ meditation on love and loss is a raw, honest, and deeply mo... READ MORE
Tess Clothier
The Madness of Grief
Very moving
This is an intimate account of death and grief, and the tangled nature of all the little details thereof. It's hard to know how to "review" something tha... READ MORE
Hazel at Oxford
The Madness of Grief
The agony of grief where there are "no words"
Every one of us will deal with grief and bereavement at some time. Very few of us will have to face what Richard Coles does. Not only is he a public figure... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
The Madness of Grief
Devastatingly moving.
When I saw the Communards at a nightclub in Birmingham in 1986 (when Don't Leave Me This Way was the biggest selling single of the year) I would never have... READ MORE


Whether it is pastoral care for the bereaved, discussions about the afterlife, or being called out to perform the last rites, death is part of the Reverend Richard Coles's life and work. But when his partner the Reverend David Coles died, shortly before Christmas in 2019, much about death took Coles by surprise. For one thing, David's death at the early age of forty-three was unexpected. The man that so often assists others to examine life's moral questions now found himself in need of help. He began to look to others for guidance to steer him through his grief. The flock was leading the shepherd. Much about grief surprised him: the volume of 'sadmin' you have to do when someone dies, how much harder it is travelling for work alone, even the pain of typing a text message to your partner - then realising you are alone. The Reverend Richard Coles's deeply personal account of life after grief will resonate, unforgettably, with anyone who has lost a loved one.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474619622
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 310g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 22 mm

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The Madness of Grief
Wonderful read
Very touching and moving account of true loss. Having lost my partner too, I could relate to a lot of what was written in this book. Death is not an easy s... READ MORE
Pam Attwood
The Madness of Grief
Seers through to the heart
This very moving and so honest account from the Revd Richard Coles of the death of his partner David had me reading it twice through in quick succession. ... READ MORE
Helen Sanderson
The Madness of Grief
Honest and Poignant
An honest account and so aptly titled. The numbness and sometimes mystifying behaviour that we display when bereaved is clearly outlined and beautifully wr... READ MORE
The Madness of Grief
A tender read
Tender, heartbroken and yet interspersed with incredible warmth and wit. I found the elements of history and religious ceremony/structure a little dull but... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)