The Splendour of the Occasion
A belated love letter to an often unlovable father. A proof-of-life document for an overlooked brother. An examination of why family dysfunction can take several generations to understand and finally end. And an homage to "the lucky gene." From England to Wales, Scotland, Singapore and South Africa, in The Splendour of the Occasion, Katy Chance revisits her life by discovering, posthumously, that her father's difficult early life made him an equally difficult man. And that reconciling her behaviour towards a damaged brother will always be a work in progress. Her memory lanes are often paved with mayhem, too much alcohol, and the incapacity of a family to understand or, on pain of death, communicate with each other. But without being mawkish and with an occasional wry take, she explores and attempts to explain why some are fortunate enough to watch from the sidelines as a family unravels and spins off its self-destructive core. And she asks why suicide is, still, the death that dare not speak its name.
- Paperback | 226 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 16.51mm | 458.13g
- 22 Jun 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Katy Chance
Katy Chance is a London-born features writer and editor. Her TV column, Chance Comments, ran for nearly seven years in Johannesburg, where she currently lives. She is a member of Mensa (SA), a City & Guilds certified TEFL teacher; most importantly, however, she is an ardent fan of comedy in all its forms, but especially stand-up, which she considers its bravest format.