The Reactor: A Book about Grief and Repair

Author(s) : Nick Blackburn

The Reactor: A Book about Grief and Repair

Book Details

  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Published : January 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 384
  • Category :
    Grief and Bereavement
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  • Catalogue No : 96114
  • ISBN 13 : 9780571367740
  • ISBN 10 : 0571367747
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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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"One of the finest accounts of the mysterious workings of grief I have ever read."-Helen Macdonald

"Beautiful, strange and completely compelling."- Olivia Laing

"I read it with awe and sorrow."- Fatima Bhutto

About the Author(s)

Nick Blackburn is a therapist who specialises in LGBTQ+ issues and completed a PhD in English Literature at Cambridge (on the use of quotation marks in Renaissance drama).

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