Welcome to my stop on the book tour for The Smallest Things by Nick Duerden. My thanks to Alison Menzies for my gifted copy.
💫 The Smallest Things by Nick Duerden
Back of the Book
It is easy to take for granted the things that are always around us, the people who are always there. And yet they often hold the keys to who we really are.
Nick Duerden’s grandparents were always just . . . there. A mysterious yet unchanging presence, a source of dutiful visits, birthday cards and carefully preserved rituals: lunches, dinners and endless card games.
But, as he enters midlife, and his 98-year-old grandmother enters a care home, he realises that, like so many of us, he should perhaps have paid more attention to her true worth years before.
As Nick goes in search of the secrets his late mother took to the grave, he finds it can be the smallest things that keep us together when so much is left unspoken. This is a memoir of the tiny dramas that fill all our lives, and a celebration of the special ties that can bind two intimately connected strangers. Tender and poignant, it captures the richness, and also the complexity, of family life.
This is a special book with anecdotes from the author’s life. I didn’t read it on sitting, instead, I picked it up and read a little from time to time over a few days.
It is a lovely tribute to Nick Duerden’s family. Especially his Grandparents. His never-ending love for them wafts through every page.
At the heart of the book is the importance of family and the marks they etch onto our lives. Taking the time to be in the moment and appreciate that there will be a day that they are gone. Then all the spats and niggles that were important at the time will be insignificant and all you will yearn for is one more minute just to say…. “I love you”.
A treasure of a book.
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