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Dear Austen


Dear Austen

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    Available in PDF Format | Dear Austen.pdf | English
    Nina Bawden(Author)

Accidents happen to other people.But on On May 10th 2002,Nina Bawden discovered what it feels like to be one of the 'other people'. It was to be a lovely outing to Cambridge for a friend's birthday party.Nina Bawden and her husband Austen Kark boarded the 12:45 from Kings Cross and settled down with their books and papers.A few minutes later the train derailed. Seven people were killed and 76 badly hurt.Nina Bawden was gravely injured and Austen was killed instantly.

In this powerful and poignant letter to her husband, Nina Bawden uses her considerable writing skills to try and make sense of it all.She explains how she - now in her late 70s - found herself the outspoken spokesperson for the survivors of the crash, interviewed here and abroad and even one of the characters portrayed in David Hare's The Permanent Way.Although liability has finally been admitted, as ofOctober 2004,there has been no resolution to this tragedy, nor a public enquiry into how it happened.

Superb, unforgettable (Sunday TIMES)Poignant. . . always crisp and to the point. . . Bawden is to be applauded for bringing the facts to our attention (DAILY MAIL)Bawden's style is impeccable, her language temperate. Every MP and every Department of Transport civil servant should read this book at least once (SPECTATOR'Bawden, who writes plainly but quite beautifully, never raises her voice...She doesn’t need to’)INDEPENDENT ('Dear Austen is a polemic, a personal lament and an elegy for a better age’) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | Unknown pages
  • Nina Bawden(Author)
  • ISIS Audio Books (Dec. 2005)
  • English
  • 10
  • Biography
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  • By J. Clay on 28 June 2011

    I picked this book up at the library (sorry Amazon!), read it in one sitting and promptly ordered copies for myself and friends. Nina Bawden tells the story of life after her husband was killed in the Potters Bar rail crash in the form of letters to him. One moment, when she talks to her daughter of wanintg to phone him on his mobile, gave me chills and made me cry. A touching, unsentimental retelling of life after the sudden loss of a loved one. There are enough details about the frustrating struggle with beaurocracy and her role in fighting for a fair deal for survivors and families to prevent this becoming maudlin. I'm glad I read it, and will re-read it more than once.

  • By marstonman on 18 March 2011

    this is an account of how a train crash affects the survivors esp when a loved one is killed. the author is telling her dead husband what has happened since to herself and the other survivors and their battle to find out what really happened and who was at fault. should be read by everyone

  • By Mrs Elaine Shearburn on 27 February 2013

    As usual Nina Bawden writes stylishly but honestly & without rancour, which is a tribute to her professionalism.It is a testonomy of criminal neglect by Railtrack who took years to be bought to account & would not have happened without Nina Bawden's research & evidence.

  • By bev willis on 11 September 2016

    Knowing Nina and Austen and their daughter, reading this told me why I envied their relationships. It is beautifully written.

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