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60 Postcards The Inspirational Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Celebrate Her Mother, One Postcard at a Time by Rachael Chadwick

60 Postcards The Inspirational Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Celebrate Her Mother, One Postcard at a Time

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Rachael Chadwick’s Mother was approaching 60 when she died, a devastating blow and the end to their close and loving relationship. As a way of celebrating her mother and to use the Eurostar tickets, a last gift from her mother, she decides to visit Paris and leave 60 hand-written postcards around the city, each with a memory of her mother and her loss to cancer. Her email number was on each cards and hoping that people would respond she waits to find how people responded to her 60 postcards.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. ‘Only Connect!’ E M Forster’s refrain for the book Howards End perfectly summarises the philosophy that sustained Rachael Chadwick when her mother passed away unexpectedly in 2012. As the reminders of what would have been her sixtieth birthday approached, bereft yet determined to honour her wonderful mother’s life, Rachael travelled to Paris, scattering sixty handwritten postcards around the city, each asking the recipient to get in touch. After toasting her mother’s memory, on her return to London Rachael was thrilled to see replies beginning to materialise. Deeply poignant, yet also profoundly uplifting, her book never muffles the pain grief entails, but offers a way to find solace through solidarity.
~ Amanda Hodges


60 Postcards The Inspirational Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Celebrate Her Mother, One Postcard at a Time by Rachael Chadwick

The heartfelt and uplifting story of how a project to scatter 60 Postcards in memory of her mother helped a young girl come to terms with her loss. On 11 February 2012 Rachael Chadwick lost her Mother to cancer, just sixteen days after first being diagnosed, and her world shattered right in front of her. Utterly fed up of the milestones and reminders, in December of that year she decided she would do something different and created a project based around her Mum's approaching 60th Birthday. Desperate to spread the word about the wonderful person she had lost, Rachael had the brainwave of leaving notes around a city in her memory. Deciding she would take it a step further she wondered what would happen if she could ask people to respond to her? Full of hope and energy she hand-wrote sixty postcards, each with her email address at the bottom asking the finder to get in touch. But one question remained, where should she go? Knowing how much she longed to visit Paris, the last gift that Rachael's mum had given her was Eurostar vouchers, and so it seemed fitting that this would be her chosen city. So off she went with a group of friends to celebrate, discover, and to scatter her memories. Filling their time in Paris with sight-seeing, food and drink, laughter, and of course postcards.

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Rachael Chadwick, 29, was born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. She is an English Language graduate from Cardiff University who now lives and works in London. 60 POSTCARDS is her first book.

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30th November 1999


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