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Can death bring something good to my life?

A few weeks before Christmas, Clover's sister died of breast cancer, aged 46. Just days before, she had been given years to live. Her sudden death split Clover's life apart. The Red of My Blood charts Clover's fearless passage through the first year after her sister's death. It is an audiobook about what life feels like when death interrupts it and about bearing the unbearable and describing an experience that seems beyond words. Lyrical, hopeful, it is also about the magical way in which death and life exist so vividly beside one another and the wonder of being human. 

©2022 Clover Stroud (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"An absolute gutting masterpiece of a book." (Lisa Taddeo)

"Clover Stroud is a fearless explorer of the human heart and a writer of incomparable grace and passion. She also understands more about loss, sorrow, grief and resilience than most people will ever have to learn." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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I liked the way the author weaves the energies of grief through the forest. She used colour to describe its greatest sting and this for me in a sign of a fantastic writer who is capable of healing those who are lucky enough to read and listen to her life story. Stroud is a survivor of great life challenges that we can draw strength from. Just like her sis Nel.

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What an absolutely wonderful, heartbreaking and beautiful piece of writing. I feel this book will stay with me forever. It was incredible.

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A raw, heart felt book, took my breath away at times!

I found myself taking deep breaths often throughout this book. I love the way Clover Stroud writes - and also how she speaks. I find her expression to be honest and slightly naughty - which is a relief to me!
Listening to this book had me pulling over in my car multiple times - and taking a moment to think and feel.
It sparked a sort of cathartic processing of my own experiences of the death of my sister at a similar time. The strange things you walk through after someone dies, the thoughts, the turmoil, the shit, the pain, the bubble. Also the people, places and things that leave a strange imprint on you at the time.
For me, the best bits were:
the special language- the code between sisters - Pure New Wool’. Heart wrenching:( beautiful.
The shadow of death that hangs around you when someone dies - somehow she manages to put this on paper.
And the worrying about her dead body. Seriously, I am so pleased someone said this out-loud!
It’s intense - but if you’re looking for someone/something to walk through the experiences of loss & death & life & love & searching with, this is for you. If you’ve ‘been there’ you will find a kindred spirit within this book & those who know, know how important that is.

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I didn't want it to end...

I loved having Clover and The Red Of My Blood in my ear. It was comforting having someone understand. To write about how death feels and how life continues and becomes much more sharply in focus. So many moments in this memoir stirred me, made me clasp my hand over my mouth to stifle my sobs as tears fell from my eyes. And in the next moment I'm saying "yep" in agreement and nodding my head and smiling. There is truth and human connection in this book. It's much more than a memoir it's a bridge from this word to the next. Thank you Clover. ❤ Louise Grasso @daughterofthebottle

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Breathtakingly personal and amazingly written!

What a work of art!
Clover has done it again!
This book follows on from the death of her sister Nell in 2019.
The way clover writes is so emotive and brutally honest, it feels as if you are reliving the journey with her.
If anyone is looking for a read, then this is it!
A beautifully written experience of having to live after your closest human leaves without you.

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Where are you, where are you, where are you??? - raw, honest, full of love.

Clover Stroud writes about grief, loss, love with such honesty. She bleeds onto the pages and and shows how we can move back into the light again after it all feels so unbearably dark when you just want to die too the colours can and do start to seep back through and life takes a different shape

I would imagine her sister Nell is incredibly proud and maybe even having a fu&&ing picnic. Buy the book to make sense of this reference) it’s a must read.
A Must, must, must!