In this touching memoir, Chris Doveton takes us on a heart-wrenching journey of love, grief, and redemption.
Chris and his wife Anne enjoy a loving relationship and are blessed with Louisa, adopted at six-weeks-old, until Anne’s diagnosis with a rare genetic disease – Friedrich’s Ataxia. Stoic, and private, Anne decides to keep her illness from her family. For nearly ten years, Chris and Anne share this terrible secret.
After Anne’s death, Chris, battling crippling grief and loneliness, has to learn how to rid himself of his stiff upper lip, developed during his Navy days, in order to save himself. He must open his heart and learn how to cry. A suicide attempt brings Chris back home to Bath, and life-saving therapy. Here, he rekindles his relationship with his daughter, and finds his lapsed faith again, returning, once more, to the welcoming fold of Bath Abbey. This is the story of how Chris embraces the power of faith and has a second chance at love. His message – loss can devastate you, but faith will lead you back to happiness.
There are other books about grief on the market, but I’m Fine, Thanks is specifically written for an unrepresented demographic; those suffering from ‘stiff upper lip’, who do not give themselves permission to open up and grieve or ask for help.
Chris Doveton was born in India just before WW2, later moving to South Africa and the UK. Chris joined the Royal Navy and became a commissioned officer in HMS Ark Royal and after leaving the military, started his own company, the Doveton Press. He is the author of The Spanish Dream and In the World’s Shadows. Now in his 80s, he is enjoying life in Bath.