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A Book of Not Forgetting by [Tory, Fabia]
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Length: 320 pages Word Wise: Enabled Optimised for larger screens
Language: English

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Painter Fabia Tory has much to be grateful for – a carefree childhood, a precious family and an enchanting island home – until her marriage comes to an unexpected end. Taking solace in her work and the company of her dog Molly, Fabia starts her life all over again in Sydney’s inner west. Several years later, she meets Lewis, a man she falls swiftly and deeply in love with. Brimming with happiness, they explore Sydney and honeymoon in Italy and Paris. Their adventures continue in Central and Northern Australia, Spain and Morocco. Then one day comes a phone call that changes everything. Struggling to cope with the loss of the man she loves so dearly, Fabia becomes a pilgrim of sorts, walking out her grief and pain along the Camino de Santiago.



A heartfelt love story suffused in kindness, humour and travel that will dust you in happiness and touch you with loss.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7120 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fabia Tory; 1 edition (4 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F4IFX7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an Australian book worth having. A Book of Not Forgetting explores lifetimes of experience. Fabia Tory weaves her story around the singular experience of a woman, an artist a carer and survivor in Australia. The book is a professional artist’s first, probably only, switch from paint-on-canvas to words-on-print to express creatively what she sees and saw in those passages. The book is an engrossing unfolding of three stories and two journeys.
The stories link life starting as a free-wheeling child in Sydney suburbia, growing up to become a liberated woman in Australia in the 70s, celebrating but exposing the fragility of relationships, of life and loss through to the grind and highs of attempting to master the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
The main story covers the life and personality of a woman artist in Australia and globally in the last decades of the 20th century. Within that frame, the second story is an exposition of romantic love found in later life but abruptly terminated by sudden death triggering an irrational but amorphous sense of guilt and a search for someone to blame.
Arising from that experience is the third story, a day-to-day relation of doings and encounters on the joy-through-pain ordeal of walking 755km of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Underlying each of those stories is a journey of a person born to be an artist through life as a child, a mother, lover and achieving woman in Australia.
The entire work is overlaid by steps in what represents an allegorical journey: from bewilderment through serendipity to bereavement, despair and ultimately resilient return to functional life as an artist: a cathartic process.
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The loss of a loved one is, unfortunately, a circumstance that nearly all of us will experience sooner or later. Fabia's book is a beautifully written, heartfelt tale of how she dealt with the grief of losing her soulmate. It may make you cry. It will make you laugh as she shares her thoroughly "human" moments. It should certainly fill you with a desire to see for yourself the extraordinary terrain of El Camino in Spain. It will also make you want to gather your family & friends for a big hug.
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I happened on "A Book Of Not Forgetting" via the compassion & generosity of a dear friend.

I myself encountered deep grief with the loss of my son a few years ago and had struggled to understand and come to
terms with it's harsh, raw reality....nothing prepares you.

Reading Fabia Tory's book brought to my mind and being the depth of real love she knew with Lewis, different to the love of a child but no less potent. As you turn the pages into the blossoming of their mid life relationship you appreciate how grateful they were to have finally find each other.....sharing a love of music, art, cooking, and travel but above all a mutual tenderness, respect and grand love. Then the enormous tragedy brought by the death of Lewis. The love story was the essence of the book; everything else was built around that.
Fabia's wonderful upbringing with two artist parents in the bush lands of outer Sydney......her own studies & ever evolving career as an Australian female artist from the 80's and onwards....,then "pioneering" as a young woman with her architect husband, while they owner built a home and reared three children through the 80's & 90's on Scotland Island. This showed me the tenacity & strength that developed in the character of Fabia where later on she was mightily tested.

Her long walk of the Camino "after Lewis", brought the artist's eye & passion for colour, landscape, grand architecture and design into words. Probably a rare combination, writer meeting the painter in one individual.

Grief, humour & authentic humanity lie amongst the ruins of her lost love as we live with Fabia her forty day trek of The Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Brave and honest is this story. It has helped me a little more to understand what we all confront at some point in life. But also how much humour, beauty and the love of good friends help mend the soul.

Thankyou Fabia
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This book wove me around love: entertainingly worded, poignantly painted, and in such an unassuming way that I couldn't help but connect with Fabia and her story.
I’m interested in memoir and rarely find a work that pulls me in and carries me off - still resting with me two months later. It's a comedy, a deeply felt and easily told relationship story, then a tragedy and its gentle survival. It's a document of a real, human love.
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Kept me enthralled reading of love, loss and adventure. A real page turner!
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