Dying: A Memoir
"Cory Taylor is one of Australia's celebrated novelists, the author of the brilliant Me and Mr Booker (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Pacific region), and My Beautiful Enemy (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award). At the age of sixty, she is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable. As she tells us in her remarkable last book, Dying: A Memoir, she now weighs less than her neighbour's retriever. Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautifully written book is a clear-eyed account of what dying has taught Cory: she describes the tangle of her feelings, she reflects on her life, and she remembers the lives and deaths of her parents. She tells us why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her own death. Dying: A Memoir is a breathtaking book about vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance. It is a deeply affecting meditation on dying, but it is also a funny and wise tribute to life. This is a powerful, poignant and lucid last testament, at once an eloquent plea for autonomy in death, and an evocation
Shortlisted for Queensland Literary Awards: Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year 2016.
'An almost unbearably beautiful story about longing and secret lives in which grief and joy turn out to be much the same thing.' -- Robert Dessaix on My Beautiful Enemy 'Black humour is cunningly tangled with moments of sheer emotional devastation; Taylor crafts sentences of such sharpness and insight that I was forced to pause at moments to bask in the prose. My Beautiful Enemy is a heartfelt and beautifully written novel about love and war for readers of exquisitely crafted literary fiction.' Books + Publishing 'Taylor has crafted her novel superbly. The pace is measured, and the restraint, particularly in the later stages of the book, lends My Beautiful Enemy its emotional punch...A moving and accomplished novel that explores fascinating untold lives from our past.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Cory Taylor's novel is a haunting tale told with plangent simplicity...There is a wistful beauty to the book that can make the heart ache even as the mind is deploring the emotional carnage.' Adelaide Advertiser on My Beautiful Enemy