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In July 2012 Thomas Harding's fourteen-year-old son Kadian was killed in an accident. Shortly afterwards Thomas began to write. Beginning on the day of Kadian's death, and continuing to the one-year anniversary, Kadian Journal is a record of grief, and of a mind in shock. Interspersed within the journal are fragments of memory: jewel-bright everyday moments that slowly combine to form a biography of a lost son.

©2014 Thomas Harding (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"This is the very best account of a parent's bereavement I have ever read, a powerfully immediate and clear-eyed record of a devastating experience. It is also a love story, true and deep." (Julia Samiel, Founder of Child Bereavement UK)

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We all lost someone very special

Kadian Harding was the young son of the book’s author, Thomas Harding and was tragically killed in a collision.

This book describes the life and loss of a much loved son in a poignant and sometimes upsetting, but masterly and eruditely crafted way.

We learn about Kadian and his family from his birth to his passing and about the sorrow that only a grieving parent with Thomas Harding’s skill could adequately convey.

The book raises issues for the reader to ponder but most of all this is a once in a while opportunity to travel deep inside the psyche of an awful event and its aftermath.

As sad as the book is, seen from the perspective of dealing with a dreadful loss it provides an insight into the love and responsibilities of parenthood.

If I my add, from Thomas Harding’s eulogistic praise of Kadian, we all lost someone very special.