Longlisted for the 2017 Stella Award
A moving and heartfelt meditation on life and death, from a celebrated Australian author.
Cory Taylor's debut novel, Me and Mr Booker, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and her second, My Beautiful Enemy, was shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award. Her latest and final work is in response to her being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Controversy and debate surrounding assisted dying continues to escalate, and at the most difficult time in her life Cory has chosen to her add her voice.
Dying: A Memoir, while beautifully written, doesn't pull any punches when it comes to examining our personal rights in death. Cory begins the book by explaining that she has bought life-ending drugs online from China—she doesn't blanch from the issues around assisted dying.
Cory's extraordinary and provocative book details her intense love for her family, her joys and regrets, her rage at a life cut short and her personal views on how to have a 'good death'.
Throughout the book, Cory's wit, compassion and sparkling intelligence shine through, making this one of the great reading experiences of the year.
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beautifully written, heartfelt. Thought provoking,
Very moving. Thought provoking
Thoroughly enjoyed Cory's book, she died while I was reading it. A most wonderful fearless honest account of dying. Should be on the HSC English book list.
A beautifully written memoir of her life and imminent death.
Thank you to ABC and Richard Fidler for the interview that peaked my immediate interest and prompted me to buy it.
`This small, powerful book offers a clean engagement with life's conclusion: with clarity and courage, the author finds words to escort us towards silence.' * Hilary Mantel * `The book rings louder in my imagination the more time I spend apart from it, a kind of reverse Doppler effect. Dying is bracing and beautiful, possessed of an extraordinary intellectual and moral rigor. Every medical student should read it. Every human should read it. My own copy is so aggressively underlined it looks like a composition notebook.' * New York Times * `Brave and funny, rare and honest.' * Bookseller UK * `An eloquent plea for a more humane approach to death and a moving meditation on the life that leads to that end.' * Kirkus Reviews, starred review * `...As this quietly remarkable book illustrates, that kind of looking entails its own tribute to the sweetness of life.' * Radio Australia * `What is truly profound about this book is that-though it ought to be harrowing-it is astonishingly easy, if not strangely uplifting, to read. In part, this is because the narrative voice is so gentle, and tightly controlled. Every scene has a radiant quality; it glows.' * Conversation * `Unflinchingly honest...This deep meditation is beautifully written and destined to be an important piece of the conversation surrounding death. Taylor's last testament to life is a welcome departing gift from a thoughtful and inspired author.' * Publishers Weekly, starred review * `2016 has seen the publication of a number of exceptional books by beautiful writers whose poignant tales takes us right to the edge of the abyss.' * Best Books of 2016, Australian Financial Review * `Along with the precision of her writing, it is Taylor's lack of self-righteousness that lends this book its very special quality.' * Guardian * `Taylor's challenging, touching, sad story about her dying, is a eulogic tribute to her immense talent, but one that leaves practical comfort to us all.' * Australian Women's Weekly * `A clear analysis of the dying process and another important contribution to the debate about drug assisted euthanasia... [Taylor's] memoir offers as much insight and reflection as anyone could deliver in just 150 pages.' * HealthSpeak * `Funny, insightful and, most of all, consoling. It does what all great writing does: makes you instantly feel less alone. It's the best thing I've read this year.' -- Benjamin Law * Good Weekend * `[Taylor] commands a glorious structure and control. She arrives at "the edge of the words" and in her final paragraphs performs an alchemical transformation of her book's imagery and metaphors and moments into something light and quite transcendent - the whole not only surpassing the sum of its parts but illuminating them with a magnificent blaze.' * Australian * `A fine and sorrowful finale.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `Dying is a powerful, passionate, unflinching memoir about facing death and the choices and difficulty and beauty that entails. It should be required reading for all of us.' * Ann Hood, author of Comfort: A Journey Through Grief * 'It takes courage to contemplate one's death and extraordinary clarity and generosity to write about it like this. Dying: A Memoir is a gift to us all, a book that is not afraid to navigate darkness and that sees us through to the end...We need books like this, a guide to dying, but also, and especially, a guide to living.' * Australian Book Review * `Cory Taylor's book is both a precise and moving memoir about the randomness of family, and an admirable intellectual response to the randomness of life and death. We should all hope for as vivid a looking-back, and as cogent a looking-forward, when we reach the end ourselves.' * Julian Barnes * `This is a powerful, poignant and lucid last testament, at once an eloquent plea for autonomy in death, and an evocation of the joys, sorrows and sheer unpredictability and precariousness of life. Taylor wonders if she has found the `right tone' for her story. Her readers will find that she has. It's a fine contribution to our much-needed dialogue with death.' * Margaret Drabble *
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 16th May 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.29