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.

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  • Svenja
    Feb 4, 2017


    Mit dem Thema Tod kann ich nicht besonders gut umgehen. Ich hatte gehofft, dass mir dieses Buch mehr hilft, die Sicht der Sterbenden zu begreifen.Die ersten Kapitel fand ich auch sehr gut. Die Autorin schreibt ehrlich und offen über Selbstmord und auch gegen Ende werden ihre Ängs...

  • Yvonne Barton
    Jan 12, 2017

    Yvonne Barton

    Could not put this book down. Heartwarming I thought it was going to be depressing but it was a really good read, Loved reading about the authors childhood could picture it, Would recommend this book loved it. ...

  • T-bone
    Jan 6, 2017


    I read this slender volume in a single sitting while caring for someone who is soon to die. One of the many awful things about dying is how difficult people find to talk about it - especially people who were not brought up to talk about feelings and shit. Which is why books like this a...

  • Lisa
    Jan 6, 2017


    Rezension folgt. ...

  • Kimbofo
    Dec 26, 2016


    Reading Cory Taylor’s Dying: A Memoir may not be the most cheerful thing to do on Boxing Day, but this heartfelt, often brutally honest account of what it is to come to terms with your own death is — paradoxically — a life-affirming read.Taylor is a scriptwriter turned c...

  • M. Sarki
    Dec 10, 2016

    M. Sarki

    https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/154283...The accident of birth is just that. And so is everything that happens afterwards, or so it seems to me…Cory Taylor died at age sixty in July of 2016, but not before finishing this important book that details her life beginning to end. The fa...

  • Nicola
    Dec 5, 2016


    Delicately written, unsentimental look at the final weeks of a life - the author's in fact - and an examination of the deaths of others in her past. It's quite serene, despite Ms Taylor's clear distress at having to leave behind all that is and could have been. ...

  • Teresa Comacchio
    Nov 25, 2016

    Teresa Comacchio

    "The problem with reverie is that you always assume you know how the unlived life turns out. And it is always a better version of the life you've actually lived. The other life is more significant and more purposeful. It is impossibly free of setbacks and mishaps... now I see the life ...

  • Paul Bryant
    Nov 23, 2016

    Paul Bryant

    This year two of my close friends were diagnosed with terminal cancer. One was my fittest friend, the guy who ran regular half-marathons and swam and cycled and jogged every day. But the thing is, four or was it five of his uncles, aunts and parents died of cancer at around his age, so...

  • Jill Meyer
    Nov 18, 2016

    Jill Meyer

    Dying is a very individual activity, as Australian author Cory Taylor writes about in her final book, "Dying: A Memoir". The 60 year old author died in the summer of 2016 from melanoma. It is difficult to criticise how an author writes about her last days, but "Dying" is a somewhat det...