by Richard W. Hardwick


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Andalucia by Richard W. Hardwick

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, every second you have left with them is precious.

Richard W Hardwick wrote about his partner's breast cancer to help him cope, and then he wrote about their past because he was scared she might not be there to help him remember it for their children. Andalucía tells the story of a young couple falling in love in the Golan Heights, bathing in the Sea of Galilee, living in the cheapest hostel in Amsterdam's red-light district and becoming homeless in Greece. Past and present is skilfully woven together to form a unique and beautiful portrait of a family facing the ultimate fear.

Gripping, heart-breaking, raw and inspiring, Andalucía is an unforgettable journey, both geographically and of the soul. It is also a life-affirming celebration of the strength of human spirit, the healing power of nature and the importance of community.

'Told with courage, humour and love, Andalucía weaves past and present with great skill so the pace of the narrative never falters. There is a zest for life on every page of this book which I found both moving and inspiring'
- Pat Barker, winner of the Booker Prize

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780956955500
Publisher: Lapwing Books
Publication date: 09/11/2011
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Richard W Hardwick is the writer in residence at a maximum security prison in North-East England. His first book 'Kicked Out' was Waterstone's Recommended Read and Borders Book of the Month. His second book 'Andalucia' came from the shock of his partner being diagnosed with cancer and was written because he was fearful she would not be alive to help him tell their young children about their past. Booker Prize winner Pat Barker described Andalucia as "inspiring".

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