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Let Not the Waves of the Sea

Simon Stephenson

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Biography: general, Autobiography: literary, Prose: non-fiction

The world changes when you lose somebody you love...

LET NOT THE WAVES OF THE SEA is Simon Stephenson's account of his journey following the loss of his brother in the Indian Ocean tsunami. If it is a story of grief, it is also a story of hope and of the unexpected places where healing can be found.

Simon's journey takes him from Edinburgh in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, to Downing Street in London, to Thailand and the island where his brother died, to the scene of an ancient tsunami on the north-west coast of the United States, and to the town where he and his brother's favourite childhood film was made. Along the way there is heartbreak, dengue fever, Greek mythology, and hard physical labour in the tropical heat, but there is also memory, redemption and humour as well.

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Praise for Let Not the Waves of the Sea

  • Enviably well written perfect sentence after another - FT

  • Like William Styron's moving memoir of depression, Darkness Visible, there is profound empathy here -

  • A fine meditation on what is salvaged from loss. A humane and manly book - Janice Galloway, Scotland on Sunday

  • [A] moving and honest account...the book contains countless heartbreaking moments - Sunday Times

  • A beautifully crafted portrait of bereavement that tells us something new about the landscape, people, customs and hardship that he encountered along the way - Sunday Telegraph

  • Profoundly is impossible not to be touched - Observer

  • As much a celebration of Dominic's life and the brothers' relationship as it is a lament for his passing - Daily Mail

  • An immensely moving, truthful and honest elegy. Stephenson has created something extraordinary - Neel Mukherjee

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