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Published: 27th March 2017
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Product Description

What is a good death? A blazingly beautiful memoir of a mother's choice and a daughter's grief.

Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life.

Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment?

After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most.

A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book.

Review by John Purcell

This would have been a very difficult book to write. At times, I must admit, it was a difficult read, too.

Nikki Gemmell started writing this book from the moment of her mother’s death, jotting down her initial reactions on hearing the news. On hearing the news that her mother had ended her own life. On discovering that no note was left. On not knowing if this was her mother’s last act of independence, or a desperate cry for help. This is an extraordinary thing to do as a person, to jot down one’s raw thoughts, however as a writer myself, I understand this urge to do so. Sometimes the only way writers know how they feel is to try and express it.

Death and dying has become a subject more and more writers are attempting to make sense of. This is a bold and honest look at the choice Nikki’s mother makes, but also at the relationship Nikki had with her. A relationship that was often difficult, although which changed over time.

We need books like this. We will all face death at some point, face it in our own way, and reading books like After starts us thinking about something we’d prefer to push aside. I firmly believe this is something we all need to do.

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      Each second paragraph she stops & chooses 5 words to explain one thing as if she's showing off her vocabulary.Which works the opposite and doesn't come across as intelligent as she thinks

       
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      A moving and poignant read

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

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        • For my own reading pleasure

        Nikki Gemmell is one of my all time favourite authors. I have read almost all of her novels and this is her best so far. Thank you for writing this book, it is a story and a tragic subject that needed to be written about.

         
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        I will re read this book many times

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            This book discusses euthanasia from a very personal experience but one I think we can all related to. Well done Nikki.

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            Nikki Gemmell

            Nikki Gemmell has written four novels, Shiver, Cleave, Lovesong, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book Of Rapture, and one non-fiction book, Pleasure: An Almanac for the Heart. Her work has been internationally critically acclaimed and translated into many languages.

            In France she's been described as a female Jack Kerouac, in Australia as one of the most original and engaging authors of her generation and in the US as one of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time.

            The French literary review "Lire" has included her in a list of what it calls the fifty most important writers in the world - the ones it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. The criteria for selection included a very individual voice and unmistakeable style, as well as an original choice of subject. Nikki Gemmell was selected along with such novelists as Rick Moody, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Froer, Rohinton Mistry, Tim Winton, Colum McCann, Michel Faber and Hari Kunzru among others.

            Born in Wollongong, Australia, she now lives in London.

            Visit Nikki Gemmell's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9781460753057
            ISBN-10: 1460753054
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 304
            Published: 27th March 2017
            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.6  x 2.6
            Weight (kg): 0.44