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Gratitude - Oliver Sacks

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2015
ISBN: 9781509822805
Number Of Pages: 64

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Oliver Sacks died in August 2015 at his home in Greenwich Village, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was 82. He spent his final days doing what he loved: playing the piano, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon - and writing.

As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on growing old, facing terminal cancer and reaching the end.

"I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and travelled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."

Industry Reviews

Essays that capture the essence of what it means to have lived and to face death well -- Katie Law Four short beautiful essays by the celebrated late neurologist on his feelings as he came toward the end of his life - a slight but poignant read -- Sally Magnusson * Herald *

Very Apt.


A wonderful commemoration of a life.



A book full of humanity


Even though Oliver Sacks was dying and knew that he was dying he has written a series of wonderfully life affirming essays. Not a book, I don't think for the younger reader!

Gosnells WA



4.5 2


ISBN: 9781509822805
ISBN-10: 1509822801
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 30th November 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 12.6  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.15