THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Impossible to read with dry eyes or an unaltered mindset' Sunday Times
How should we think of death and how can we prepare for it?
With the End in Mind
is a book for us all: the grieving and bereaved, the ill and the healthy. By turns touching and tragic, funny and wise, it tells powerful human stories of life and death.
Eric, the retired head teacher who even with Motor Neurone Disease gets things done. Sylvie, 19 and diagnosed with leukaemia, sewing a cushion for her mum to hold after she has died. Nelly and Joe, two people enduring loneliness to shield their beloveds from distress.
A powerful and emotional book based on a lifetime's clinical experience, With the End in Mind
offers calm, wise advice on how to face death, live fully and find a model for hope in dark times. 'It is incredibly moving, of course, but what it isn't is miserable. Yes this is a book about death, but it is also a book about joy. There aren't all that many books that change the way you see the world. This book really might. It will make you want to do a better job of loving and living. It will make you want to be kinder. And it will make you want to cherish every precious moment of your precious life.'
'Extraordinary and profoundly moving. ... Any reader will come away with the wish that they will be cared for at the end by someone with Mannix's imaginative sympathy and matter-of-fact generosity of perception'
Rowan Williams, New Statesman
'Illuminating and beautiful ... I shed a few tears but it's not gut wrenching and Mannix weaves the light and dark strands of her experience with finesse. It's essential reading for anyone who will encounter death, and that means all of us.'
Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times
'I got to the end of Kathryn Mannix's book with just one thought - I wish I'd been a palliative consultant ... A reminder that talking about death is an Act of Love'
'In the last few years, there has been a crowd of books by doctors, scientists and writers that have sought to show us different, kinder ways of ending: Atul Gawande, Oliver Sacks, Henry Marsh... the list is long. Now Kathryn Mannix joins this distinguished group. Mannix's aim is to shed a soft, clear light on a subject too often avoided. Mild, tender and conciliatory, I would like her to be my compassionate, wise doctor when I lie dying.'
With the End in Mind