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After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father

After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father [Kindle Edition]

Natascha McElhone
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A brave and extraordinary testament of bereavement, as honest as any I have ever read (Observer )

Written with remarkable wisdom, grace and courage, it is a portrait of a woman fighting to reconcile death with life, and managing to do exactly that. How proud her husband would have been (Mail on Sunday )

McElhone writes with great honesty and without self pity . . . A masterclass in graceful endurance (Sunday Times )

A remarkable story of emotional survival, beautifully told (Daily Mail )


Natascha McElhone, star of The Truman Show and Californication, was filming in LA, seven months pregnant with her third child with her other two young children playing in the gym across the road when she got a call from a friend that would change her life forever. Her husband, Martin, the love of her life and father to her delightful children and an apparently healthy man in his early 40s had died suddenly of a heart attack.

In the weeks and months that followed the devastating shock Natascha continued to write her diary and letters to Martin (something she had always done as, due to her work, she was used to being far from home). They were letters of love, letters about their gorgeous boys, letters about the birth of the new baby and diary entries detailing the mundane and heartbreaking details of her new life: house repairs and terrifying family finances; trying to keep the children's lives as normal as possible in the face of such abnormal new circumstances.

The result is a powerful, honest and moving story of a magical love affair and all-consuming grief, of being a mother alone and trying to live for the future.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen AFTER YOU - Natascha McElhone 21. Mai 2011
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
Tagebuchaufzeichnungen einer jungen, schwangeren Witwe nach dem plötzlichen Tod ihres Ehemannes
- einfach überwältigend, aufwühlend, herzzerreissend.
Jeder Satz eine Liebeserklärung an den Verstorbenen.
McElhone versteht es, ihre Selbstzweifel, ihre Zukunftsangst, die Sorge um ihre beiden Söhne und
das ungeborene dritte Kind in unglaubliche Worte zu fassen,
voller Emotionen, voller Hingabe.
Absolut lesenswert !!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A monument to love and courage 6. Dezember 2010
Von doronjunger - Veröffentlicht auf
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Great art, or for that matter any other line of work, is created out of love, it would appear. So it is with this great little book of letters composed by the actress Natascha McElhone in her first year after the sudden and wholly unexpected death of 42 year-old husband, plastic surgeon Martin Kelly. Her grief's unadulterated rawness and her searing emotional honesty make reading this 110-page volume nothing short of a tour de force, and we can only speculate about the emotionally wrenching experience, however therapeutic, of writing it, and her brave decision ultimately to publish it. The very fact of this book's publication renders it a work of love directed not just to the husband and father who never these letters shall read, or their three sons who one day, no doubt, will do so filled with immense pride, but readers at large, privileged to vicariously accompany Natascha for the especially turbulent first twelve months of the emotional rollercoaster that constitutes life after Martin (lest my referring to them here by their first names seems overly familiar, any pretense to detachment or formality by the end of the ride seems the greater inappropriateness). Collectively we can consider ourselves fortunate that Natascha came down on this side of the proverbial fence she makes clear she was on at one point about publishing her letters.

I did actually know Martin, in my days training to be a plastic surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital in London, as a smart, personable, subtly funny, driven and enviably talented colleague, and once met Natascha, briefly, at the hospital's 1997 Christmas party. I last spoke with Martin in 2008, when I inadvertently interrupted his out-patient clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital by calling him from Manhattan, where I then lived, for advice, which he graciously gave, on a friend's baby born in London with a facial deformity.

Martin and Natascha's motto was: "Work hard. Expect nothing. Celebrate." Her book expresses it perfectly. The mere fact and tragic circumstances of Martin's death notwithstanding, Natascha never, at least not in these pages, wallows in self-pity, and owing to her evidently irrepressible, whimsical and self-deprecating sense of humor I found myself more often smiling than her book's unfathomably sad subject matter brought tears to my eyes (though there was plenty of that). Far from the diva one might count on her to be, or the glamorous 'OK Magazine' lifestyle of otherwise untroubled privilege she might be expected to lead, Natascha comes across as vulnerable and unedited, all the more lovable for her unguardedly, bravely and generously shared insecurities and neuroses (in contrast, Martin - after all the object of this oeuvre - remains subtly less approachable to us, perhaps because through Natascha's lens he appears too close to perfect).

Natascha's description of the experience of grief from her children's perspective is impossible to remain unaffected by. One particularly moving passage, indicative I suppose of this cyberage of ours, is the incident she recounts, close to the anniversary of Martin's death, of Theo prompting her to vainly click on Martin's Skype username to see what would happen.

It comes as no surprise to read on Amazon's UK site and elsewhere that Natascha's book is helping bereaved readers in their grief. But this isn't a book just for widows and widowers - I would recommend it also to wives and husbands. A marriage therapist friend of mine once revealed to me that she mourns her husband daily to appreciate what she has. And husbands and fathers may gain a glimpse of how their loved ones might remember them in death, and thus be reminded of what matters in life. As profoundly and completely as Natascha experienced being loved by Martin, it is the palpable intensity of her love for him, and so articulately expressed acute grief over her loss, that surely make him the envy of every man alive. What better memorial?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Poignant 21. Dezember 2012
Von T. M. Truax - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this because I am a fan of Natascha Mcelhone and wanted to see how she was as a writer. What I found was a requiem of passage ~ the integration of grief and celebration over her husband's life and passing. It was honest, gritty, gut wrenching, and engaging.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Completely Real 8. Januar 2013
Von Zachary - Veröffentlicht auf
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Amazing book, amazing writer, amazing woman.

It's a completely raw & real book, and one can really feel her pain and heartache at the loss of her husband.

I've always been drawn to her as a woman watching the show Californication cause she seemed very real, and this book only confirms my assumption.

Highly recommended.
5.0 von 5 Sternen It was amazing, and I cried and laughed 19. August 2014
Von Diana Jorgensen - Veröffentlicht auf
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Extremely intimate and personal account of Natascha Mcelhone's grieving process. It was amazing, and I cried and laughed. It's a book you can read from start to finish or flip through and start whenever. She's a lovely writer. The point is to enjoy every moment you have with and without those we love-- at least as I took it. She kept certain things private (out of the book), for which I'm glad for her. If you've lost someone dear to you, perhaps her method of coping (writing letters to her husband) will be of help. I enjoyed it.
5.0 von 5 Sternen After You 12. Mai 2014
Von adrian - Veröffentlicht auf
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This journal helps you look into how hard it is to cope with losing a spouse. Natascha Mcelhone is honest and true in her words.
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