Let Not the Waves of the Sea

Simon Stephenson

Let Not the Waves of the Sea

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. 3.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
Let Not the Waves of the Sea

Omniscore:

Classification Non-fiction
Genre Family & Lifestyle, Biography
Format Hardback
Pages 320
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication July 2011
ISBN 978-1848545588
Publisher John Murray
 

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.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Christopher Bray

I suspect that beneath the unruffled surface of his prose Stephenson is prone to tremors of guilt at having been gifted the wondrous distress of his subject. He ought not be. For he has been gifted, too, the ability to finesse feelings into one perfect sentence after another. Thus his gift becomes everyone’s gift, and one we are so infrequently granted — that of understanding other lives.

15/07/2011

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The Observer

Ian Birrell

Profoundly moving … This is an extraordinarily personal book — at times, as Stephenson sifts through memories in intricate detail, almost too personal. But such is his surgical skill with words, and his heartrending honesty, that it is impossible not to be touched.

31/07/2011

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The Daily Mail

John Preston

At times Stephenson’s emotions threaten to overwhelm him, but even in extremis, his narrative never loses its drive, its focus, or its honesty. Not surprisingly, this is a gruelling read, and yet ultimately it’s not a depressing one, for it’s as much a celebration of Dominic’s life and the brothers’ relationship as it is a lament for his passing.

29/07/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Beth Jones

Stephenson is a doctor by training and this is his first book, but he has obvious talent and there are some beautiful passages … Occasionally, the book is marred by odd, unimaginative prose ... and the second half doesn’t quite live up to the powerful start. But despite this, Let Not the Waves of the Sea remains a compelling account of a man forced into a harsh, sorrow-filled world.

14/07/2011

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The Sunday Times

Helen Davies

It is fair to say that this is not ideal beachside reading … just like the process of grieving itself, this bittersweet memoir can be confusing, obsessive and overwhelming; Stephenson’s prose can also be overly metaphorical. One can’t, however, help but be drawn along with the undertow of grief. It is also a celebration of brotherly love and the “testosterone-boiling joy of being teenage boys together”.

17/07/2011

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