Love. Loss. Life.

SKU: Q1485
More bizarre than any fiction imagined, this is a true story of huge and passionate love counteracted with achingly hell-deep loss and everything in between.

“My heart broke three times when I read this astonishing story of excess, love and redemption – but I finished it with joy.” 
Jenny Crwys-Williams

In just a decade, journalist Monica Nicolson Oosterbroek Hilton-Barber Zwolsman married and lost both her beloved husbands – award-winning photographers Ken Oosterbroek and Steven Hilton-Barber, as well as her precious 16-month-old son, Benjamin. 

Most people would have collapsed under the weight of such tragic devastation. 

But Monica, a survivor of note, now finally tells the story of her rollercoaster ride of a life, in the much anticipated memoir Love. Loss. Life. 

This poignantly honest tale of love, loss and life, brilliantly written in Monica’s unique acerbic style, is a story of deep passion, crushing let downs, new beginnings, huge humour and the renewal of hope.

It is also a book filled with penetrating insights into a South Africa in the ’90s, in political transition. It sees Monica hurtling through war-zones of Africa with the men in her life – Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Egypt – to Britain, Europe and America, delightfully written in a travelogue style.

Fundamentally Love. Loss. Life. is a survival story, where fate and personal choices meet with tragic results. Despite often teetering on the brink of eternal darkness, Monica learns that the power of the body’s natural life force is to survive and is impossible to extinguish. She also discovers humour and female bonding to be a miraculous antidote on even the darkest of days.


Parameters of Book: 
Author: Monica Nicolson Oosterbroek Hilton-Barber Zwolsman
ISBN: 9781920601485
d-PDF ISBN: 9781920601492


mobi file ISBN: 9781920601515
Size (mm): 235x155mm
Pages: 200pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White with Colour Section
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: September 2014