reiver book launchA Shropshire based writer has written a touching tribute to her late husband, which is now available to buy, with all proceeds being donated to Severn Hospice.

Christina Graham has written the novel entitled ‘Reiver’ in memory of her husband Robert. The book has gone on sale to raise funds for our hosipce, as we cared for Robert before he passed away in 2006, aged 45.

The book – which is available to buy from our website, and from our sites at Apley and Bicton, as well as Waterstones, Telford – tells the story of Resa and Reiver who live a happy life with their three children, until one day, the smell of wild garlic changes everything.

The humorous biography uses letters and school reports written by Reiver (Robert), along with the narrative voice of Resa (Christina) to tell a story spanning the couple’s life together, from when they first met at university to their family life in Shropshire.

Christina said: ‘I wrote our story because I wanted to give something back to Severn Hospice for all the help we received as a family.’

‘I began writing it before Robert passed away and was only able to continue with it nine years later, so it has taken 10 years to reach publication. Robert was a very funny man and I think the book captures his humour, as well as the reality of living with a debilitating illness.

‘Severn Hospice was there when we needed it and I can’t praise it enough. I hope the book will raise funds for the hospice, as well as raising awareness about what it does and how it supports families at the most difficult of times.’

Ben Graham, Christina and Robert’s elder son, who now works in our IT department, said: ‘My father was cared for at the hospice and the level of support that we received here was incredible. It allowed us to spend valuable time just being with him instead of spending that time organising his care. Hopefully the money raised from this book will allow other families the same experiences and peace of mind that we were afforded.’

‘Reiver’, by Robert Clive and Resa Roberts, is available to buy from our website here and from both our sites in Apley and Bicton or in store at Waterstones, Telford. All proceeds from sales of the book will help us to support more families like the Roberts family.


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