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Sleeping Letters


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A unique, intimate and beautiful exploration of grief, loss, healing and faith - as Marie-Elsa Bragg looks back on her mother's suicide, that happened when she was just a young girl

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Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg is half French, half Cumbrian and was brought up in London. She studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford, and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. Her first novel, Towards Mellbreak, was published in 2017.


truly remarkable... Searingly honest... This book carries its readers to a place where inhibitions and fears about loss and death give way to something more hopefully and, in their own way, real -- Peter Stanford * Daily Telegraph *
Moving, challenging and hauntingly beautiful... This exquisite book chronicles the quest to process a grief that can never end. This is one I shall return to again and again * Daily Mail *
This is a beautiful book, a remarkable, cadenced recollection of how grief lives in the body. It is poetry as a kind of dance. You have to read it -- Edmund de Waal

Everything in Sleeping Letters tastes and smells of the authentic life. It's a living example of what both religion and - especially in Jung's wise hands - psychology are supposed to do and be. This tiny book is an enormous lesson in finding the sacred through our suffering, in always trusting the impossible, in remembering how to write and read while asleep

-- Peter Kingsley, author of Catafalque and In the Dark Places of Wisdom

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