If You Sit Very Still explores the territory of traumatic loss, brutality and the restoration of the human spirit.
In 1994, twenty-one years after her unexplained disappearance, Lucy Partington’s remains were discovered in the basement of 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester. In this powerful and poetic book, Marian Partington, Lucy’s elder sister, reclaims Lucy from the status of “West victim” and charts her own inspiring narrative of healing.
Through deep and fierce engagement with her experience, and guided by powerful dreams, Marian finds an authentic and compassionate response. She draws on, but is not limited to, Buddhist and Quaker practices.
Her inner work involves a laying bare of what needs to be faced, accepted and transformed, in order to live with less harm in the wake of human atrocity. This ongoing, everyday process of self-exploration and mindful interaction with others leads towards profound inner and outer change, and culminates in ten years of restorative justice work in prisons.
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"There is not a sentence in this book that has not been felt, fought for and hard won."
Craig Brown, Book of the Week, Mail on Sunday
"If You Sit Very Still should feature on everybody's bookshelf alongside such life guides as Shakespeare and the Bible."
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express
"An outstanding and beautifully crafted redemptive memoir."
Marina Cantacuzino, Huffington Post
Reviews and interviews:
- Radio interview with BBC Radio Scotland, July 2012 (42 minutes)
- Review in The Oxford Times, July 2012
- Radio interview on BBC Radio 4's Midweek, May 2012 (11 minutes)
- Television interview on BBC Points West, May 2012
- Radio interview on BBC Radio Ulster, June 2012 (7 minutes)
- A review in the Sunday Express, June 2012
- An interview in the Financial Times Magazine, April 2012
- An article in Psychologies Magazine, June 2012
- An article on the BBC News, May 2012
- A review in The Mail on Sunday, May 2012
- A review in The Guardian, May 2012
- A review in The Huffington Post, May 2012
- Radio interview with Marian on BBC Radio Wales, May 2012 (27 minutes)
- A review in The Friend, May 2012
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