Why, of all things, this?
Hunch is about survival, personal survival, in the face of tragedy and error and loss. It is about reality television and its corrosive influence upon our society – and I pull no punches in dissecting the motives and personality of a ruthless television producer as he works upon a major new project.
Hunch tells the story of Josephine, whose baby dies at birth. Though resourceful and intelligent Josephine is set adrift by this event. Our death-averse culture offers little guidance on how to come to terms with such a loss. Can she survive this catastrophe? Does she really want to?
Hunch tells the story of rising star TV producer Tom Green, who was responsible for a death when he was only nine. It is something he has never come to terms with, something he has, in a sense, failed to survive. He realises that with Josephine’s help the healing process may at last begin.
Some years ago my daughter almost died in a battle with cancer. Perhaps because of this I have chosen, within this book, to look at the pain of coping with a child’s death. It is something I feared I would have to do in my own life, something that filled me with despair and brought me to the brink of self harm. Despite this, Hunch is not an essay on human suffering. It is a book about how you can survive loss and tragedy and still survive.
Hunch is approximately three hundred and fifty A4 pages in length. It is abrasive, challenging in places, and not a book for the young. Its title refers partially to Tom Green’s ‘big idea’ – but a more important hunch is also investigated. If you work out what it is, let me know…
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Hunch £1.90