This is such a stunning book: so insightful about the meaning and purpose of our lives, so beautifully written, and incredibly honest. Basically it's bloody fabulous (as we would say in Australian parlance). And so sad when the 37-year-old author, a neurosurgeon and scientist, dies. It's an absolute must-read, especially for anyone facing their own mortality, (that's all of us isn't it?) and for those who surround and love them. An inspiring story that will live on long after the last page is read. Long live the memory of Paul Kalanithi. Que Viva! After my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, was published, I was often asked to speak about end of life. Fraying was written from the perspective of a daughter, with no medical qualifications; a daughter struggling with the medical maze and the decisions to be made. When Breath Becomes Air is from a medical professional's perspective, one who becomes the patient. The questions Paul and his wife, Lucy Kalanithi, must face, and dare to ask, are confronting. But they are also, in essence, questions about what it means to be human, and at what point living becomes too much of a burden. This book is a precious gift to readers. Michele's website: www.michelegierck.com.au
Thanks so much to those readers who have taken time to write to me to tell me of the delight they have taken in my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me. One of those responses, from a trauma nurse who, it turns out, grew up in an orphanage was so touching. Reading about her life, I began to see Fraying through new eyes. We have all walked such different paths, and stories are such a great way to understand the path others tread. Image: Maguk, Kakadu National Park, Australia (Gotta get yourself there!) Image and text copyright: Michele Gierck
So pleasing to see my latest book- Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me - in stores. Celebrated with an 'In Conversation' with Morag Fraser, at Readings Hawthorn. (Pic - Michele Gierck on the left, Morag Fraser on the right.) To hear Michele Gierck's radio interview with Richard Fidler, broadcast across Australia, here's the links. ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/02/25/4186353.htm On SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/abc-conversations/michele-gierck-caring-for-my-mum-with-alzheimers Fraying is available as a paperback, or an ebook.