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All at sea — trying hard to stay afloat

After her partner drowns rescuing their son in the Caribbean, Decca Aitkenhead finds her only hope is to write about it

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

All at Sea Decca Aitkenhead

Fourth Estate, pp.284, £16.99, ISBN: 9780008142148

‘This happens to other people.’ The Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead says she had heard the phrase countless times, interviewing the survivors of random disasters, and the idea had always puzzled her: ‘Why would they think other people are any different from them?’ But when her partner of ten years drowned while rescuing their small son from the Jamaican sea on a family holiday in May 2014, she was startled to catch herself feeling exactly the same thing.

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