Lost Without You
Vinnie Jones the hardman – first on the pitch, then on the screen – is known as a man of commitment and heart, but very few words, and never about feelings. But last year we saw a very different side to a character we all know and love. In July 2019 actor Vinnie Jones tragically lost his wife Tanya after her six-year battle with cancer. Despite Tanya’s long and often painful fight with cancer, her passing was a devastating shock to all of the family, and Vinnie found himself struggling to cope. With this book, Vinnie will reflect on the 25 years he spent married to his soulmate, revealing how they met, the family they built and the health battles they fought together. Vinnie’s sharing his story in the hope he can encourage others who are struggling with grief to find the help they need to get through these times of unimaginable pain.
‘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.