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The Iceberg: A Memoir by [Marion Coutts]

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The book's truth is so pure and compressed, as though Coutts had condensed the coal of her experience into a diamond. Encountering it is like a near-death experience, at once traumatic and profoundly, permanently illuminating. Love itself is in these pages: not a representation of love, but love, pure and simple. The book reeks of it. ― New York Times

An exquisitely expressed portrait of three lives operating in the shadow of catastrophe... This is human trauma, profoundly and beautifully told. ― Independent on Sunday

Not quite like any other bereavement memoir... it reads like a huge juggernaut, its inevitable awful ending hurtling towards you at full speed from the first page. ― Evening Standard

Readers should be warned that sharing such a grief as closely as this marvellous book compels one to do is painful... This is a book that clearly had to be written... And certainly it ought to be read by anyone who ever pauses to consider our mortality. -- Diana Athill ― Sunday Telegraph

Marion Coutts has written a fierce love letter-cum-elegy in The Iceberg... This is far more than just another book about grief. -- Marina Warner ― Observer

The Iceberg is mesmerising, harrowing and radiant. There are times when to go on reading is almost unbearable, yet it is impossible to put it down. -- Cressida Connolly ― Mail on Sunday

It is a memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion... The Iceberg is an extraordinary story told in an extraordinary way. ― The Sunday Times

In writer and artist Marion Coutts' unflinching yet uplifting memoir... she becomes a chronicler of what it means to be human. ― Financial Times

Searing, shocking, unflinching, profoundly moving. ― Spectator

At times so painful that it's hard to keep reading, this is nonetheless an unexpectedly reassuring book. ― Books of the Year, Daily Mail

The writing is lyrical, textured, perfectly paced; the sentences short so that we feel Coutts's moments of panic, her quickened heartbeat... [A] startlingly beautiful and inspiring pioneer text ― Independent

Hey - want to uncontrollably weep your eyes out? Read Marion Coutts describing her husband dying of a brain tumour. ― @caitlinmoran

The Iceberg is a depiction of loss so raw it couldn't but melt the coldest of hearts. But Coutts is also something of an alchemist when it comes to language, her prose a uniquely beautiful landscape of emotion. ― Independent, Books of the Year

An almost sculpted account of her and her infant son's endurance as her art critic husband died of a brain tumour: it is grand beyond words. ― The Scotsman, Books of the Year

Harrowing but spellbinding... communicates in an original, challenging way the changes in her life after her husband, Tom Lubbock, was diagnosed with a brain tumour - well deserves its acclaim. ― Guardian, Books of the Year

One of the most compelling and challenging books of the year. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quivering, working to its fatal conclusion. ― The Sunday Times, Books of the Year

Marion Coutt's memoir of her husband Tom Lubbock's last days following the diagnosis of a brain tumour is as devastating as you might expect. Yet such is the intensity and passion of her writing, it's also strangely exhilarating. ― Josh Cohen, The Guardian, Books of the Year

The most heartbreaking memoir of the year... The writing is raw with grief, and offers no pat lessons or easy answers. ― Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year

A perfect piece of writing, it does justice to a terrible situation, giving it grace and even glory. -- Claire Tomalin ― The Week

Deeply affecting and beautifully written. ― Literary Review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She wrote the introduction to Tom Lubbock's memoir Until Further Notice, I am Alive, published by Granta in 2012. She is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and lives in London with her son. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00JNYNHJA
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atlantic Books; Main edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1744 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
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