All at Sea: A Memoir (Hardcover)

A Memoir

By Decca Aitkenhead

Nan A. Talese, 9780385540650, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2016



All at Seais a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other's life, and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.
On a hot, still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, DeccaAitkenhead's life changed forever. Her four-year-old son was paddling peacefullyat the water's edge when a wave pulled him outto sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and savedtheir son's life then drowned before her eyes.
When Decca and Tony first met, a decade earlier, she was a renowned Guardian journalist profiling leading politicians of the day; he was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy.
Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, All at Sea is a breathtakingly honest, profound, and utterly unforgettable memoir.

About the Author

DECCA AITKENHEAD is an award-winning journalist who conducts interviews with leading figures in public life for The Guardian. She lives in rural Kent with her two young sons.