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Our Billie summary Our Billie , series Our Billie , book Our Billie , pdf Our Billie , Our Billie f3b071a990 An Astonishing Work Joanne HarrisEvery Parent S Worst Nightmare Became A Reality For Ian Clayton On A Short Holiday Break In Hay On Wye He Took His Nine Year Old Twins Canoeing, And In A Freak Accident His Daughter Billie Was Drowned In A Remarkably Frank And Vivid Way Clayton Describes What Happened On That Spring Day, His Desperate Attempts To Save His Two Children, And Then What It Felt Like Two Years Later To Come Face To Face With The Men Who Hired Out The CanoeBut Our Billie Is Not A Story Of Bitterness And Recrimination Instead It S The Story Of How A Family Attempts To Come To Terms With Something Which Makes No Sense At All Through His Memories Of Billie And His Wonderfully Affectionate Portrait Of The Small Town In Yorkshire Where The Family Has Lived For Generations, He Weaves A Story Of Loss And Remembering, Of Gratitude And Forgiveness


10 thoughts on “Our Billie

  1. says:

    A real heart breaking memoir of the events and aftermath of Billie s death whilst canoeing on the river wye in hay on wye in wales felt was written from the heart with so much emotion


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    Anyone who lives in the Yorkshire Television ITV region should be familiar with Ian Clayton he s a big, gruff Yorkshireman, a reporter, a writer, a presenter and Yorkshire through and through Well known for his programmes about Yorkshire and his political leanings, a supporter of the miner s strike, blunt, to the point but also gentle and humourous.Four years ago Ian and his wife Heather, along with their nine year old twins Billie and Edward were holidaying in Hay on Wye Ian and the twins decided to hire a canoe on the river Wye, only Ian and Edward returned from the trip alive The river was dangerous, the guys who hired out the canoe were inexperienced and Ian tried his best to save Billie but couldn t, and she drowned after their canoe hit a tree Our Billie is not a misery memoir, it is the story of Billie s life the impact she had on her family and the local community during her very short life Ian brings Billie alive in his writing the reader feels as though they actually knew Billie with her little quirks, her dirty fingernails, her passion for music and for nature and her caring nature Ian also writes lovingly about his wife Heather and Billie s twin Edward There is no doubt that had Billie lived, she would have grown up to be a fabulous woman, Ian knows that all too well and this book celebrates what she was and what she could have been.Ian also writes about his early life in Hull, how he and Heather met and talks about many of the quirky and original people he has met and befriended in his life.Although I m sure that at times this was a difficult story to write but it is a fitting and lasting tribute to his daughter.


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    EmotionalMy heart goes out to Ian Edward and Heather I cannot begin to imagine what you all must have gone through and will always be going through My daughter was a very small baby when your Billie died and now 11 years on she has changed so much in looks personality and character I m sure your Billie would of changed too but she would still of been as wonderful a person as your story portrayed her too be.Well done on writing such a powerfully charged and emotional story, its truly amazing the strength and courage you have all shown and thank you for sharing your story with us.


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    To Us He Gives The Keeping Our Billie by IAN CLAYTONWhen I read Ian Clayton s Bringing It All Back Home , I was quietly blown away Ballbreakingly funny, incisively articulate and bursting to the gills with gloriously recalled memories of music and its effect on his life I loved every noun filled page of it But there was an unexpected hammer blow at the end of his debut A huge and terrible personal tragedy had befallen him, his wife Heather and their twin son Edward and Our Billie is his reaction to that loss the drowning of their 9 year old daughter in a freak boating accident in Northern England in 2006 His wife Heather and Billie s mother wittily characterises her hubby as a a working class tough guy who knows a lot of big words Freelance writer and broadcaster for 25 years, widely travelled in the USA, Europe and even Russia, Clayton is a stoical Yorkshireman whose led writer s workshops in Prisons, Hospitals, Schools and Art Centres He has a self deprecating style that suits his down to earth honesty You can feel the warmth of the man and the strength of his family So why did he write this book As the father of a 19 year old Autistic son myself, I know so well his all abiding need to make her life matter for her not to be just another statistic on an ignored Government list somewhere Clayton wants his Billie to be remembered She was a real person who once laughed and had hopes and dreams like the rest of us And in this book, he needed to get across a lot of information that is difficult to say and painful to revisit And yet he s managed to dig deep and chronicle his family s cruel loss with courage and an almost unbearable poignancy.Reading Our Billie named after Billie Holiday , you also get the sense of how much the grieving process distorts everything days become detached and unreal the intense missing of her comes on him in waves It abates of course with time, but it never goes away nor in many ways would he want it to A downside however if you could call it that is that there are frustrating chapters that seem to break the flow stuff on the Miner s Strike on his unfathomable father on Sarajevo subjects that seem strangely at odds with the title of the book But then as you read between the lines, you realise that what you re really getting is his anger and mounting rage coming out sideways there was also an ugly court case regarding the hire company s reckless endangerment of life I suppose we all use subtle defence mechanisms when real hurt is involved But then just as the heartache threatens to swallow everything whole he hits you with wonderfully recalled memories that bring the beautifully photogenic child on the front cover to life that realize her spirit When Billie picked up a stranded worm after a rainstorm and placed it in the grass again so that it could wriggle its way back to its family when she giggled with pleasure at her no nonsense 90 year old Aunt Alice who complained about the hardness of the carrots on her plate in a posh restaurant feeding her army of 30 Teddy Bears and Dolls in her bedroom with cough syrup lest any of them get sick standing at a wall overlooking a stream in Whitby when a kingfisher zipped by This was a girl who had a teeshirt that said Be Happy she was laid to rest in it The aftermath for the Clayton family is spoken about in shockingly candid detail too coping with it, not coping with it His own helplessness on the day as the river s current physically beat him and the sweating water nightmares that followed for months hearing the lyrics to Tom Traubert s Blues by Tom Waits where the beaten soldier ruminates that everything s broken crossing a field and remembering a fence he once leapfrogged just to hear her laugh their son Edward sobbing as Jon Voight tries to wake Dustin Hoffman on the bus into Miami at the end of Midnight Cowboy his wife not being able to look at the last school photograph of her on her bedroom wall the awkward silence of friends in local pubs who just don t know what to say except to offer him a pint This is a father who has lost his daughter a once living breathing hopeful creature who enchanted everyone she ever met and he needs to make her loss matter Our Billie is not an easy read for sure, but it is a moving one And as I look at her photograph I wish I d met her shook her hand and told her how utterly brill she was Off the coast of Cleveland in the USA, a boat was shipwrecked on a stormy night for want of lower lights from the town on the shore to guide it into safety In 1871 a moved Phillip Bliss published a hymn about the avoidable tragedy called Keep The Lower Lights Burning It s subsequently become known as the Lighthouse Hymn and the author sings it to himself sometimes when he s out walking where his daughter walked A lyric from it titles this review Keep The Lower Lights Burning A Hymn From 1871 1 Brightly beams our Father s mercy, From His lighthouse ever, But to us He gives the keeping Of the lights along the shore Refrain Let the lower lights be burning Send a gleam across the wave Some poor struggling, fainting seaman You may rescue, you may save.2 Dark the night of sin has settled, Loud the angry billows roar Eager eyes are watching, longing, For the lights along the shore.3 Trim your feeble lamp, my brother Some poor sailor, tempest tossed, Trying now to make the harbor, In the darkness may be lost.


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