Yellow Kite has pre-empted a "dual narrative" about grief from a psychotherapist who draws on her own experience of loss as well as her practice of supporting others.
Sasha Bates, a psychotherapist and journalist whose husband, actor and playwright Bill Cashmore, died at the age of 56, said she wrote Languages of Loss "to help me make sense of the senseless loss my husband, but also to help others in my position".
After her bereavement, Bates turned to writing and found her "therapist self" entering into the conversation to help her "grieving self", resulting in what Yellow Kite has described as "a moving, powerful and informative dual narrative of how grief works, how it feels and how it can be managed". Combining Bates' own experience of loss with insights from psychotherapeutic theory, it is aimed at both those who are experiencing grief and for anyone supporting others. Actor Tamsin Greig has written the foreword.
Publisher Liz Gough pre-empted world langauge rights to Language of Loss from Jane Graham Maw at Graham Maw Christie Agency, and will publish the title on 2nd April 2020.
Bates said: "The taboos, misunderstandings, and the silence around grief in our society add immeasurable damage on an already heartrending process, and I would like this book to open up a conversation and start to dissipate some of the shame and ignorance around what grief really feels like."
Since her husband's death, Bates has also started teaching workshops about grief for other beareaved people and therapists. She has also set up a theatrical bursary, The Bill Cashmore Award, with The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.