Coperta “Late Fragments”

Late Fragments

Narator: Helen Duff

Durata: 4h 46m

*THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER*What are the things we live for? What matters most in life when your time is short? This brave, frank and heartbreaking book shows what it means to die before your time; how to take charge of your life and fill it with wonder, hope and joy even in the face of tragedy.*THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER*What are the things we live for? What matters most in life when your time is short? This brave, frank and heartbreaking book shows what it means to die before your time; how to take charge of your life and fill it with wonder, hope and joy even in the face of tragedy.Ambitious and talented, Kate Gross worked at Number 10 Downing Street for two British Prime Ministers whilst only in her twenties. At thirty, she was CEO of a charity working with fragile democracies in Africa. She had married 'the best looking man I've ever kissed' – and given birth to twin boys in 2008. The future was bright.But aged 34, Kate was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. After a two-year battle with the disease, Kate died peacefully at home on Christmas morning, just ten minutes before her sons awoke to open their stockings.She began to write as a gift to herself, a reminder that she could create even as her body began to self-destruct. Written for those she loves,her book is not a conventional cancer memoir; nor is it filled with medical jargon or misery. Instead, it is Kate's powerful attempt to make sense of the woman who emerged in the strange, lucid final chunk of her life. Her book aspires to give hope and purpose to the lives of her readers even as her own life drew to its close.Kate should have been granted decades to say all that she says in these pages. Denied the chance to bore her children and grandchildren with stories when she became fat and old, she offers us all her thoughts on how to live; on the wonder to be found in the everyday; the importance of friendship and love; what it means to die before your time and how to fill your life with hope and joy even in the face of tragedy.‘The most honest, beautiful, heart wrenching and eye opening book I’ve ever read. I will keep reminding myself of Kate Gross’s words and her story’ Fearne Cotton‘Raw, honest, yet unexpectedly positive … A warm and oddly uplifting read. Gross is funny in the darkest moments of truth. Neither falsely upbeat nor purposefully dramatic or tear-jerking, the book brings Gross to life’ Independent‘Shows you how to live life to the brim … boy, does [Kate’s] writing have pulse. Clear-sighted and cold-eyed, her sentences are light as leaves and she was as wise as a magi … When [her twins] wonder about their mother, here she will be, bold and brave, caught on the page in all her wonderful vitality’ Mail on Sunday, 5*‘This book could make you rethink the way you live your whole life … there is a sense of wonder, a determination to live and love with her whole heart in the little time [Gross] has left … Funny and sharp and celebratory’ Sunday Express, 5*‘A joyful act of love … witty, always serious, but rarely solemn. Her prose is grounded, unshowy and blessed with a casual poetry … To read this book is to learn what can be snatched back from death … it is vividly, beautifully alive’ Robert Webb, New Statesman‘It is extremely difficult to write on this subject evocatively, but without sentimentality … [Kate] treats herself as a case study, a bystander with a story to tell. The effect is readable, engaging and enriching … To do that as your final act is amazing’ Daily Telegraph 5*‘Gross writes with steadfast, exquisite skill and although this remarkable book is hard to get through without a box of hankies, it is also one of the most galvanising you are likely to read all year – READ IT AND LEAP’ Metro‘With her lucid prose and piercing perception she is as much of a loss to the world of literature as she is to politics … Should be mandatory reading for every adult, urging them to fight the human impulse to take life in all its richness for granted’ Daily Express 5*Kate Gross was 36 years old when she died from colon cancer on Christmas day at her home in Cambridge. Before her cancer, Kate read English at Oxford University. She joined the civil service and worked in Number 10 Downing Street for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. On leaving, she set up the Africa Governance Initiative, a charity which works to rebuild structures of Government in post-conflict Africa. She was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her work. She blogged about her cancer at and wrote there in more medical detail than she does in her book which is almost entirely free of any medical jargon or writing on the nature of cancer. It is a book instead about life. She is survived by her husband Billy and their five year old sons Isaac and Oscar.10 b/w plates• The interest in Lynda Bellingham’s book (173k TCM by November) demonstrates a rising engagement with this subject. Similarly we expect word-of-mouth success with ‘Late Fragments’, feeding off serial in January and big publicity. Another comparison title is ‘H is for Hawk’ (TCM 32,000).• Kate’s writing on her fight with cancer has featured in Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Vogue and in The Times. the impact of her pieces has been remarkable. Her second piece (about her last Christmas) had an enormous response. It reached over 932,000 followers and Kate’s blog had 13,000 views, 1000+ Facebook shares, and 57 comments on day one. We expect significant support from this community and other high profile celebrities.This word of mouth has continued to balloon over the last week. Over 66k people visited her blog on Boxing Day when news of her death broke, mostly driven by mentions on Twitter and FB.• Kate was awarded an OBE in this summer’s Birthday Honours list – for her public service in Africa. Her local paper described her as ‘a cancer blogger’. She prefered to be thought of as someone keen to do good in the world.• 66k people visited her blog on 26/12/14 after Tony Blair led tributes to Kate after her death on Christmas morning.• Kate’s mother, Jean Gross will be interviewed across the media in week of publication. Kate’s pre-recorded Private Passions interview will be broadcast on R3.• Kate’s best friend is the comedian Katy Brand. A podcast interview between them will appear on Guardian website and be used promotionally across social media.• A significant twitter campaign will include extracts of Kate’s favourite poetry (featured in the book). Her surprising and witty reading list from the book will also be used.Competition: Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lessons by Mitch Albom; Before I Say Goodbye by Ruth Picardie; C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too by John Diamond; The Last Lecture: Lessons in Living
Publicat de: HarperCollins Publishers

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