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Mrs Death Misses Death is a deep book, true. And death is a heavy subject. But it’s a book that is as much about life, hope, happiness and love as it is about death. This month’s playlist is powered by soulful voices, powerful emcees, jazz royalty and much more.
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MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH – Salena Godden’s time-travelling, genre-defying story set in Modern London.
Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.
Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death’s scribe, and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced – or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated – their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans’ fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her. . .
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