Slings and Arrows and Gone; omnibus edition by Julie Elizabeth Powell

Thank you so much for these wonderful comments about these two books. Neither were easy to write, but I hope they will help others and give hope where otherwise missing.

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This omnibus edition combines two books by Julie Elizabeth Powell, the first being a non-fiction account of her daughter Samantha’s life and death.

Slings & Arrows is a moving account of the loss of a child. Julie Elizabeth Powell’s second daughter, Samantha, was born with major heart defects and having survived surgery, the hope was that she would be able to recover fully and lead a normal life. However, this was not to be. Samantha’s heart stopped beating when she was in her third year, and although she was resuscitated, she suffered a huge amount of brain damage. She eventually died, for a second time, when she was seventeen.

This account is far from being a straightforward chronicle of events in the lives of Samantha and her family: it is an honest examination of the author’s emotions and feelings during all of her precious child’s life and after. The…

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