‘The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true.
If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would
not cease to be true. I don’t mind at all if you forget this. The
important thing is that I don’t.’ On a hot still morning on a
beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead’s life changed for
ever. Her four-year-old boy was paddling peacefully at the water’s
edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out
and saved their son’s life – then drowned before her eyes. When
Decca and Tony first met a decade earlier, they became the most
improbable couple in London. She was an award-winning Guardian
journalist, famous for interviewing leading politicians. He was a
dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug-dealing and violence.
No one thought the romance would last, but it did. Until the tide
swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random
tragedy. Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice,
ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one
couple changed each other’s lives and of what a sudden death can do
to the people who survive.