5,742 days : a mother’s journey through loss by Anne-Marie Cockburn

5742On 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. 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 is a difficult book to review given the circumstances of its conception. Written as a diary the prose are acceptable but understandably go round in circles at times. The story is tragic. If ever anyone needed proof that each day should be filled with love and life, this is it.

Penny

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