THE husband of Jo Cox is set to publish a memoir in her memory later this year.
Brendan Cox will release ‘More in Common’ on the eve of the first anniversary of his wife’s death.
He said sleepless nights had given him the chance to write the book, which will include extracts from her diary as well as memories from friends, family and colleagues. “Since June my life has been more hectic than ever. I wanted to write about Jo but felt doing so was probably impossible because of all the pressures on my time.
"What I hadn’t factored in was lack of sleep. I often wake at 3am or 4am and am unable to get back to sleep. This book is very much the product of sleep deprivation.”
All proceeds raised from book sales will be donated to the Jo Cox Foundation.
Mr Cox described writing the book as “extraordinarily hard” but said that it had been part of his grieving process – “coming to terms with what happened but also remembering the adventures and love of life that our relationship was built upon. Jo packed a lifetime of excitement into her 41 years and the book touches on some of the highlights.
“The objective is the same to tell people who didn’t know Jo who she really was.
“In an era of growing hatred and division, I wanted to tell the story of someone who brought love and empathy to everyone she met.”