The Mahogany Pod
a memoir of endings and beginnings
by Jill Hopper
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“A work of literature: beautifully written, meticulously structured and heart-rending.” Observer
What if you knew from the beginning how your relationship was going to end?
When Jill Hopper first met Arif, they were living in a shared house on the island of Osney in the River Thames. Surrounded by willow trees, birds and reflections, it was an idyllic home. But no sooner had they begun to fall in love than Arif was given the news that he had only a few months to live. Everyone told Jill to walk away, but she was already in too deep.
Years later, Jill rediscovers Arif ’s parting gift – an African seedpod – and finally sets out to trace the elusive patterns that shaped their relationship. The Mahogany Pod is a tender and vital account of what it means to live, and love, fully.
REVIEWS OF The Mahogany Pod
“A work of literature: beautifully written, meticulously structured and heart-rending.” Kate Kellaway, Observer
“Affecting and beautifully written.” – The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice
"A searingly beautiful memoir of love and loss, grief and joy. Jill captures the seeds of the ending contained within every beginning and the beginnings contained within each end." – Wyl Menmuir, Booker Prize-nominated author of The Many
“The Mahogany Pod is a beautiful exploration of love, loss and the grieving process. It is a compassionate, heartbreaking, and uplifting description of love. Spellbinding.” – Catherine Simpson, author of When I Had a Little Sister
“A deeply moving and compelling read … a powerful tribute to human resilience.” – Frances Hedges, Deputy Editor Harper’s Bazaar
“A rich and tender book… a testament to the power and beauty of love.” – Horatio Clare