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James with a Silent C

Length: 348 pages5 hours


This is both a memoir and a long love letter from Kerry McPhail to her husband Jim who died of Hepatitis C, leaving her a young widow. The book never falters into sentimentality. Kerry’s narrative voice is strong, blackly funny and bluntly truthful as she describes Jim’s desperate early years, his youth spent on the mean streets of Glasgow, his drug addiction and his long, cruel illness. The thread that pulls it all together is her love for him and the postcard descriptions of the years they spent together – head-over-heels in love, teasing, laughing and perfectly matched. Kerry’s story will make you laugh and weep.
Kerry has written a wonderful book that tells an astonishing story… a fitting tribute to a remarkable man and the woman he loved.
— Professor William Rosenberg, University College London

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