The Reactor: A Book about Grief and Repair


The Reactor: A Book about Grief and Repair | 9780571367757 | Nick Blackburn

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:05/01/2023 by Faber & Faber


‘One of the finest accounts of the mysterious workings of grief I have ever read.’ Helen Macdonald
‘Completely compelling.’ Olivia Laing
‘Read it with awe and sorrow.’ Fatima Bhutto

After the sudden death of his father, Nick Blackburn embarks on a singular, labyrinthine journey to understand his loss. How do you create an existence when all you can see is a void?

The Reactor is a memoir about absence and creative possibilities, assembled like the pieces of a puzzle. Through philosophy, music, fashion, psychology, art and film, Blackburn travels a vast panorama of ideas and characters to offer an entirely new exploration of grief. This is a book about looking for and finding chain reactions and human connection – a work of enduring fragmentary beauty.

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