• The Iceberg

The Iceberg

The Iceberg

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  • Author
    Marion Coutts
  • Publisher
    Atlantic Books Ltd
  • Publication date
    03 July 2014

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Iceberg

  • Author

    Marion Coutts

  • Date Published

    03 July 2014

  • Publisher

    Atlantic Books Ltd

  • Pages

    300 pages

  • ISBN

    9781782393511

Book Description

THE WINNER OF THE 2015 WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE, 2014
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOK AWARDS, 2014 (BIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR CATEGORY)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD, 2014

In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife.

In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the eighteen months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact.

Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity and impotence are all examined and brought to light.

Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an 'adventure of being and dying'. This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love and language.

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