Raw and beautifully told, this is the story of Juliet Darling's year of devastating grief after her partner was murdered by his schizophrenic son. It is also a story of the power of love.
'Nick died in the southern hemisphere in spring. Now I am in Paris in spring. We were to have been here together. I am experiencing a double spring. Double the bitterness, double the beauty.'
Juliet Darling's memoir of the daily events surrounding the murder of her late partner, art curator Nick Waterlow, by his son Antony is a moving story of a deeply personal formative experience. It is a passionate and urgent look at the ordinariness of evil, the intractability of fate, and the interconnectedness of art and life. Ultimately it is a story about the power of love, and how love can be sustained through grief.
It is also a book about what it was like to live in the shadow of an impending death, a death that seemed to be foretold. It is about a grief that began long before death. For all involved, it seemed they were powerless to do anything to change the sinister course of events.
The story unfolds with utmost simplicity; stripped of any falsehood; refrained from comment as far as possible; it focuses on the everyday occurrences, the small banal events, which matter the most, and which form the greatest part of this tale of almost unbearable suffering.
A Double Spring is about powerlessness and grief, families and friendship, fear and trust, and anger and love.
Sydney based highly acclaimed film-maker, writer, artist and partner to the late Nick Waterlow, Juliet Darling has wide experience of the film industry having worked extensively in the United States and in Australia. In 1997 she wrote, directed and produced the film Dead Letters with Associate Producer Jane Campion, which was nominated for Best Social and Political Documentary at the Banff World Television Awards in 1998. Juliet's writing profile includes articles for Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, full-length screenplays, short films, novels, short stories and poetry. Her poetry book Elements in a State of Wonder was published in 2012. Juliet's website is www.julietdarling.com.
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