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I am proud to announce that ‘Death and How to Survive it’ has recently been given a Highly Commended award by the British Medical Association, in their 2006 Annual Book Awards.
Death and How to Survive
Death and How to Survive it’ is a practical guide on how to survive the loss of a partner, aimed at widowers and widows who need clear, practical advice on how to deal with grief, loneliness, anger and all the other trifling maladies that they are left to deal with on a daily basis. The book is illustrated with personal accounts from men and women who have survived the loss of a partner and I hope it will break the mould of traditional ‘self-help’ books by providing answers to some of the questions that are rarely addressed.
'She neither shies away from nor glorifies the realities of dealing with the death of a partner, instead she shares all the things she wishes she'd been told when he died with sensitivity and, above all, honesty' Easy Living Magazine
The book is available at all good bookshops and also from Amazon.co uk and Tesco.com.
My memoir, 'Big Hearted Man' is now out of print, but signed hardback copies are still available at a discounted price, direct from this site. The price of the book is £12.00, including P&P (RRP 16.99).
If you would like a copy, then please send your address details, along with a cheque for £12.00 payable to Kate Boydell, to:
Alternatively, you may still order a discounted hardback copy from WHSmith
Or Amazon by clicking on the link below.
However, Amazon will tell you that the book is hard to find and will take 4-6 weeks to order, which is nonsense. You can also order the book from any bookshop, quoting the title and author or by using the following numbers:
I.S.B.N. 1-899293-34-5 for the softback
I.S.B.N. 1-899293-39-6 for the hardback.
Sometimes the lives of ordinary people can be extraordinary. Sometimes a couple can find a love that is so pure and so true that it can outshine any fictional love story. Charlie and Kate found such a love, and the strength of that love carried them through the best and the worst of times. But they’re not famous, so why would you want to read about them?
Why? Because it will make you value every second of your own life, no matter how boring and mundane it may appear.
This is a book with universal appeal, and even if you’ve never read anything more demanding than a Haynes manual or the instructions on the back of a Pot Noodle, you should try reading it. It’s funnier than a visit to the dentist and sadder than a man wearing sock and sandals.
Read this story and you might discover how a firm handshake and a decent pair of shoes can make you irresistible to women. Read this story and you might stop rummaging in the cupboard for Mr. Kipling and go out and find Mr. Right instead. Read this story of life and death and love and laughter.
It’s chocolate cake for the soul.
Reviews from Amazon.co.uk for ‘Big Hearted Man’
'…It's a book that stays with you. My partner kept asking me questions about you and wanted to meet you. Not just the author, the person. If I hadn't known you I would have had the same reaction. At the risk of bursting into song, it is a book that reaches out and touches. It touched us both deeply, and that doesn't happen enough...'
You must read this, 9 September, 2003
‘I am a man in much the same position as Kate - my wife died last October (2002) leaving me alone with 4 children aged 11, 9, 6, & 9 months. Kate opens her soul in a way that makes you laugh, weep, empathise and feel what really matters in life. She is exceptionally brilliant on bereavement and anyone who has gone through the loss of a young (although it makes no odds how old your spouse is when he/she dies - this book should be read by any age group for it's totally honest, raw brilliancy) loved one, and the vast majority of people who will not go through the rollercoaster of a life less ordinary, should buy it immediately. I defy you not to cry like a baby and laugh like an 18 year old.’
‘This is a remarkable book; a fairytale love story with a tragic ending that is still uplifting. Kate's life and love with Charlie is described with honesty, passion and tremendous wit. I would say to anyone who has lost someone dear that this book will do them more good than any amount of valium, booze or anti-depressants. And to anyone else I would say that it is better than the 'chocolate cake for the soul' as described on the cover! It will give you all the pleasure with none of the calories. This book deserves to be on every family's shelf because it is a real story about lovely people who you will care about. My family will all receive a copy for Christmas!’
‘If you want to read the most amazing love story read this. If you
want to read a story of truly amazing courage through adversity read this.
If you want to read an affirmation of love read this. If you want to know
about bereavement and loss and true devastation read this. If you want help
and a guide to life read this.
Reading their story, with it's openness about grief and its consequences, made me laugh, weep and cry in equal parts.
This book is simply brilliant .‘