The Afterwards by A.F.Harrold illustrated by Emily Gravett
Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends. There’s nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what it will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that’s what friends do isn’t it? They help. They rescue each other. They never give up. Ember and Ness. That don’t change..
Sometimes you read a book and it is really hard to put into words what it has made you think, how it has made you feel and the way it has touched your heart. This is absolutely the case with The Afterwards for me. Moving, compelling, original, scary, humourous, dark and utterly poignant. A.F.Harrold has a way of writing that is totally thought-provoking whether it be a poem, a recalled memory, a funny story or this – a beautiful portrayal of death and grief.
If you have ever lost someone you love you will know the pain this causes, the hurt and disbelief and the thought that somehow you must be able to find them or get to them in some way. Just to have one more conversation, one more final hug, one more moment with this person who was yours. The Afterwards brings this and more to life, through a wonderful alignment of words, the power of story and incredible illustrations by Emily Gravett. This isn’t just a book for children; this is a book for anyone who has ever lost someone that they love. It is a must read and the most memorable book I have read in a very long time.
With huge thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this book to read and review. Find out more at www.bloomsbury.com