A Mother's Journey Through Lossby Anne-Marie Cockburn
On 20th July 2013 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl Martha Fernback died suddenly after swallowing half a gram of MDMA powder, more widely known as ecstasy. Within hours her mother, Anne-Marie Cockburn, began to write down her feelings as a way to channel her shock and try to make sense of the tragic loss of her only child.
From an early age Anne-Marie has used writing to try to make sense of her life. This recent tragedy propelled her out of the shadows and gave her the confidence to share her writing with the world. In this book we join her in real time on her shocking and agonising journey, as she deals with the impractical demands placed upon a grieving single parent, begins to cope with the realities of life on her own and faces up to a future she could never have predicted. From the moment Martha died, Anne-Marie recognised that she still had a future, a life to live. This revealing, emotional and, ultimately, uplifting book shows how she used the art of writing, combined with determined self-belief, to guide her during this terrible time.This anniversary edition includes an additional chapter, bringing Anne-Marie’s story up to date.
If you would like to know more about Anne-Marie’s story you can visit her website. You can also donate to her JustGiving page to help raise awareness of her campaign for advances in teenage education and drug reform.
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“This is red-raw, unadulterated, up-close grief” The Guardian, 13th December 2013
“raw prose” The Times, 15th March 2014
“extraordinarily moving book” Daily Mail, 12th March 2014
“Cockburn’s raw grief is laid bare on every page of the book, called 5,762 Days to mark the short time Martha was alive.” Oxford Mail, 17th January 2014
“a moving, eloquent piece of writing drawn from the depths of her despair” Lisa Salmon, Press Association, 15th January 2014
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