‘This is not a love story I ever wanted to tell, because I hoped it would just go on and on, and never end. I thought that we’d grow old together. I never wanted it to be a tale. But here I am, a middle-aged man sitting at the kitchen table as the California light fades, thinking about the coming night and how to get through it. Trying to explain to someone – to anyone – what it was like to live through something extraordinary: an amazing three decades that happened to me. Three decades that are now over.’
In July 2019 Vinnie Jones tragically lost his wife and soulmate Tanya after her six-year battle with cancer. Tanya and Vinnie had shared 27 amazing years and raised a beautiful family together. Her passing was a devastating shock to everyone – and Vinnie found himself struggling to cope.
In this extraordinarily intimate memoir, Vinnie tackles his grief honestly and with heart, sharing warm and colourful stories from the 25 years he spent married to Tanya, and unfiltered accounts of the reality of grief. From the darkest hours to the happiest moments, and everything in between, it is tender and heart-breaking, deeply honest but also full of humour and hope.
Written to honour Tanya’s life, Lost Without You is a beautiful and brave story of love and loss. Nothing will take away the pain of Tanya’s death, but if in sharing his experiences Vinnie can inspire others in the depths of the unspeakable to find the help they need, then he will have succeeded in the keeping her kind, caring and selfless spirit alive.