Carrying the Elephant

Carrying the Elephant : A Memoir of Love and Loss

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dear joe, your wild noisy huge brother
is dead. I couldn't do what my parents did:
bring two boys, four years apart, through the maze.

In 72 prose-poems Michael Rosen tells the story of a life: growing up with Jewish Communist parents in north London, strange trips to eastern Europe during the Cold War, trainee days at the BBC under the watchful eye of MI6, etc. But the core of the book is about the central calamity in Rosen's life: the totally unexpected death of his 18-year-old son from meningitis one night. Unflinching, totally lacking in mawkishness or self-pity, these are brilliant pieces that show the process of grieving and memory in wonderfully memorable ways.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 7mm | 92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141010274
  • 9780141010274
  • 1,258,300

About Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen was born and brought up in north London. Since the early 70s he has made his living from writing, performing and broadcasting. He is a regular on Radio 4 and the World Service. He has won numerous awards both for his broadcasting and for his children's poetry. He lives in Hackney.
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