Kadian Journal


‘This is the very best account of a parent’s bereavement I have ever read, a powerfully immediate and clear-eyed record of a devastating experience. It is also a love story, true and deep – offering film-like clips of the joys of parenthood, and of the agony when it abruptly ends.’ - - Julia Samuel, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK

‘Stunning. The most moving book I’ve read.’ - - Ian Austin MP

In July 2012 Thomas Harding’s fourteen-year-old son Kadian was killed in a bicycle accident. Kadian Journal is a diary that Thomas started in the aftermath of the tragedy. 

Beginning on the day of Kadian’s death, and continuing to the year anniversary, and beyond, it is a record of grief in its rawest form, and of a mind in shock and questioning a strange new reality. Interspersed within the journal are fragments of memory: jewel-bright everyday moments that slowly combine to form a biography of a lost son, and a lost life. 

It is an extraordinary document, and several things at once: a description of a family dislocated by sorrow, a forensic examination of a catastrophe, and above all else, an attempt to recover Kadian, in some way.

In the tradition of Joan Didion’s A Year of Magical Thinking, C. S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed and Sonali Deraniyagala’s Wave, Thomas Harding’s Kadian Journal is a lucid, raw, and startlingly brave book: a powerful and moving account of a father’s grief, and a beautiful tribute to an exceptional son.

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0434023019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434023011

More from the UK publisher here and USA publisher here

To read the reviews for Kadian Journal go here

For photographs, videos and stories about Kadian go to www.KadianHarding.com

To read the extract published in Sunday Times go here

To listen to Julia Samuel, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK, interview Deb and I, click here