A wife at breakfast, a widow by lunch...In 2011, after an unusually difficult year in a relationship which spanned more than two decades, author Helen Bailey, andher husband JS, arrived in Barbados for a much-needed break.The moment the plane touched down on this idyllic Caribbean island, Helen and JS relaxed, and tensions faded away. Everything was perfect. But only a few days in to the holiday, Helen found herself kneeling on the Barbadian beach, watching helplessly as paramedics tried to resuscitate JS - who'd been out for a swim in unexpectedly strong currents. Their attempts were futile. JS had drowned, leaving Helen widowed,four-thousand miles from home, and wearing only her brand new bikini.In this witty, poignant and sage series of events based on her phenomenally popular blog, Planet Grief, Helen takes her readers with her on her journey through life after inconceivable loss - accompanied by her faithful dachshund, Boris. Honest, searing, yet often laugh-out-loud funny, this is a compelling story of a marriage, and a truly life-affirming testament to the power of survival.
Helen Bailey is the author of more than 20 books of short stories, picture books and young-adult fiction. With her late husband, she ran one of London's leading character licensing agency handling such internationally renowned properties as Snoopy, Nintendo, Rugrats and The Simpsons, later forming the company which launched the publishing phenomenon Felicity Wishes. She now lives with her new partner and his two sons.