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The Owl at the Window: A Memoir of Loss and Hope

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'She is dead. She was here just now and she was alive. How can she suddenly be dead? People in history are dead. Old people are dead. Grandparents are dead. Other people are dead. Not people like me. Not this person. The person I was married to. Had a child with. Not the person who was standing next to me. Chatting. Laughing. Being.'

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 9th 2017 by Coronet
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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Carl Gorham, is best known as the creator, co-writer and producer of the acclaimed comedy animated sitcom, Stressed Eric for BBC2. This award winning animator and sitcom writer has now written a bereavement memoir entitled The Owl at the Window.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect of this book – given to me by publishers Coronet in exchange for an honest review via Bookbridgr. Having read the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter, as well as The
Rebecca Wright
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow - this is an honest emotional and breathtaking read, a page turner. Even though I thought I knew where Carl was taking me with the telling of this tragic and heart wrenching tale he provides a perspective that I had not considered. The painful grief that he, his daughter and surrounding family have endured is there to see but also the life that continues around them, the observations of others, Carl's interpretations of these which are so amusing, and thankfully hope and reassurance which is ...more
Jacqueline The Pufflehuffle Kitteh
This book… It’s hard to describe. The cover is pretty. Simple. This book is one of the most honest and moving books I think I’ve ever read. It made me laugh out loud and cry alternately. I don’t often cry at books but this was just so well done.
I have always had issues with going back and forth in time when reading, but this book made it really easy to adapt. This book is written beautifully and it doesn’t happen very often but I am over the moon to have been given a chance to read something so
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. This is a great read, although the subject is of loss and bereavement. The writing is outstanding and whilst reading, your emotions change from happy to sad. I cannot recommend this book enough
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bereavement and Widow(er)hood: This was a tough one for me to get through because it was just so close to the bone. Gorham's lyrical, beautiful descriptions of his wife, the shocked timeline of her illness and the closely detailed account of her death rang true for me. The way he described her loss, the physicality of the empty space was gutting as that is still what I experience after seven years and I've not found that type of resonance in many other books. So good but so difficult. ...more
Jane Cross
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A warm, honest memoir of bereavement and loss. Well written with a dark humour. Different and enjoyable.
Elaine Dale
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed this book if indeed 'enjoyed' is the right word being a memoir about a man who is made a widower at a relatively young age. His wife dies of cancer and leaves him with a young daughter to bring up. Alternate chapters tell of his life with his wife and others of how he's coping today. ...more
Beth (bibliobeth)
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, a huge thank you to Coronet publishers via Book Bridgr for sending me a copy of this moving memoir of grief and loss in exchange for an honest review. I'm usually quite tentative about reading books like this as I seem to have become a more emotional reader over the last few years with stories like this affecting me more and more each time I read one. I've had my own personal experiences with loss and I was concerned that I would find it quite difficult to read, comparing it with m ...more
Katie Sheen
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hesitant to read this in case I just ended up feeling depressed and anxious, but somehow Carl manages to make this difficult subject perfectly manageable. It's a real page turner, with the format of time shifts not only making me want to read on, but also providing welcome breaks from the intensity of the cancer experience. At times I laughed out loud, at others I was moved to tears, and occasionally I had to put it down and go for a walk to process the emotions that came up for me. All in ...more
Michelle Johnson
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Raw. Beautiful. Touching. An incredibly brave account of grief, life and love. Superbly expressed.
Kusa Waldman
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved this but i don’t know if i can recommend to someone who hasn’t experienced death of a beloved. His grief was eminent but was written in such a way that you feel understood, it doesn’t add to your grief or make you feel worse. It is artistically devastating.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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An incredible story of one family's loss and how they deal with it and come out the other side to rebuild their life. It deals with the writer's family, himself, his wife and their young daughter and the evil that tears them apart, cancer. It is a mix of emotions, will make you cry, laugh, and feel the pain that this family goes through. The early death of Vicky, Carl's wife and how the family copes through it all. It is told from many angles and from around the globe. It took me 3 or 4 times lo ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a Goodreads Giveaway. This book had me laughing and crying alternately - it is a very sad story about Carl's wife who died of cancer leaving him with a 6 year old daughter to raise. The story goes back and forwards in time - starting with him as a youngster and throughout his meeting and life with his wife. There are many happy times but also many very sad times which makes one think how one would cope if faced with this situation. It's a strange thing to say but I did enjoy reading the ...more
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Carl Gorham is best known as the creator, co-writer and producer of the multi award-winning cult animated sitcom ‘Stressed Eric’ for BBC2. Broadcast in more than 20 countries, it was the first animated comedy series to be shown in primetime on NBC in the USA for 35 years.
He also co-wrote/produced and voice-directed a 52 episode adaptation of the best-selling Meg and Mog books for CITV - 3 of those

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