REVIEW: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead



It takes a lot of courage to write a book. It takes even more to write a book about an event that completely changed your life. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that was as honest about life and grief as Decca Aitkenhead’s All At Sea. The Guardian journalist lays out everything for the reader, the good, the bad and the not very pretty as she reflects on the life and death of her partner. In 2013, Tony drowned while on a family holiday to Calabash Bay, rescuing their eldest son who was swept into the sea by an unexpected wave. Continue reading “REVIEW: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead”




One of the many perks of having supportive parents is that when you take an interest in something they do too. So when I started my Masters course, and later this book blog, my parents started to send me things- sometimes a text or an e-mail with a radio programme they thought might interest me or an author they had heard about, links to websites and articles. My dad sent me The Heart is a Lonely Hunter which I recently read, loved and reviewed, and my mum sent me this book a few weeks ago, Decca Aitkenhead’s All at Sea.

The book was published last month, and my mum ordered it and sent it to me a few days later after hearing the author on BBC Radio. The book relates the true events that changed the life of Decca Aitkenhead irrevocably. One of the best things about being given books is that you get to read things you wouldn’t have picked up for yourself. I don’t often read autobiographical writing, but it sounds like a deeply moving read.