Your cart

Close

Total AUD

Checkout

Imprint

  • Virago
  • Virago
  • Virago
  • Virago
  • Little, Brown Audio

Before the Light Fades: 'Fascinating' Sarah Waters

Natasha Walter

6 Reviews

Rated 0

20th century, Memoirs, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Feminism & feminist theory, Political activism

From the acclaimed writer and thinker, a moving memoir about losing her mother as well as honouring the legacy of a family whose members struggled bravely against some of the worst crises of the twentieth century.

'A fascinating story of courage, doubt and defiance across three generations' SARAH WATERS

'A fierce and beautiful book' EDMUND DE WAAL

'Heartfelt and upfront... A grieving daughter rediscovers her mother's political past' BLAKE MORRISON, Guardian

'A compelling reconstruction of her mother's life as a young anti-nuclear activist defying her suburban parents' CATHERINE TAYLOR, Financial Times

'Eloquent, piercing, gloriously humane' PHILIPPE SANDS

After the sudden death of her mother at age 75, Natasha Walter was thrown into a time of bewilderment and sadness.

It was only when she began to search back through Ruth's history, that she began to understand how her life led to death by her own hand. She learns that Ruth had been brought up to be a conventional young woman, but chose to take huge risks and even break the law for her beliefs in the nuclear disarmament movement of the 1960s.

Reaching further back she explores the history of Ruth's parents, and the story of her grandfather who, as part of the anti-Nazi resistance in the 1930s in Germany, was imprisoned for three years and then went on the run across Europe, finally finding safety in England.

Honest about loss, this memoir also searches for what is valuable in the legacy of a family who lived through some of the great crises of the twentieth century. Without false hope, and with honest passion, Natasha Walter shows us why, even when success is far from assured, it is always important to stand up for what you believe.

Read More Read Less

Praise for Before the Light Fades: 'Fascinating' Sarah Waters

  • An eloquent, piercing, gloriously humane memoir on the wonders of life in the most difficult of moments. It touched me very much. - Philippe Sands

  • Deeply passionate and humane... [a] compelling reconstruction of her mother's life as a young anti-nuclear activist defying her suburban parents... Walter writes powerfully in the book's conclusion about the current challenges facing refugees to the UK - Financial Times

  • Walter's wise, thoughtful memoir is both deeply affecting and unexpectedly inspiring. A fascinating story of courage, doubt and defiance across three generations, it's the perfect read for daunting times. - Sarah Waters

  • Heartfelt and upfront... A grieving daughter rediscovers her mother's political past - Guardian

  • Truly fascinating... A powerful reminder that our actions really do matter - Sunday Times

  • An important and beautiful memoir about how a daughter's feelings for the loss of her beloved mother changes and evolves through grief... dark, painful but also illuminating and healing - Julia Samuel

Read More Read Less

Natasha Walter

Natasha Walter is author of THE NEW FEMINISM. She is a regular contributor to the national papers and BBC Radio.

This website uses cookies. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here.Close cookie policy overlay