The Presence

Dannie Abse

WINNER OF THE WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/ACKERLY PRIZE.

A number of months after the demise of poet Dannie Abse’s spouse, Joan, in a automobile accident, he started to put in writing a diary which is each a report of current grief and a portrait of a wedding that lasted greater than fifty years. It’s a rare doc, painful however celebratory, humorous but typically tragic, bursting with pleasure in addition to sorrow and stuffed with a deep understanding of what it means to be human.