The Book of The Blog

To be published by Blink Reality/Blink Publishing on the 8th October, 2015.

On 27th February 2011, a few days into a much-needed holiday in Barbados, writer Helen Bailey’s husband JS went for a swim in unexpectedly strong currents. But less than an hour later Helen found herself kneeling on the beach, watching helplessly as paramedics tried to save her husband’s life. It was too late. Devastated and alone, Helen was widowed, and four thousand miles from home.

In this witty, poignant and sage series of events based on her phenomenally popular blog, Planet Grief, Helen takes readers with her on her journey through life after inconceivable loss. This is Helen’s story of testing therapists, attending parties, finding comfort, surviving Christmas and learning to keep living – all the while accompanied by her faithful dachshund, Boris.

Honest and searing, yet often laugh-out-loud funny, this is a compelling account of a marriage and a truly life-affirming testament to the power of survival.

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Sally Ellis
Reply August 16, 2015

I would like to share an experience about being an author of a bereavement book.

Please don't be upset (or surprised) if the sales of your book are in 2 figures rather than 3 or 4! Writing my book was therapeutic and I don't regret doing it for a second but generating sales has been very difficult.

"I will wait for you. No matter how long." is widely available but nobody seems interested.

Planet Grief
Reply August 16, 2015

Sally, thank you for your comment. I've written or collaborated on over twenty-two other books (mainly young adult and teenage fiction) and so I know only too well (and too often!) how a great book can sink without trace. It can be very frustrating. You've hit the nail on the head though when you say that writing the book was therapeutic. Most authors (of any genre) tend to say that they write because they have to, rather than for great sales, though obviously you want as many people as possible to read your story and any message behind it. I think that the bereavement genre is a very niche market anyway - unless you are a celebrity and there is something else to drive it.

All anyone with any creativity can do is do the work and put it out there, see what happens and then keep on creating in whatever form is 'our' way of expressing ourselves.

All the best, Helen

Reply August 19, 2015

Roll on the 8th October - I've pre-ordered!! - and I love the artwork on the cover, the hound looks awesome.