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Nonfiction: Autobiography
Unabridged   4 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/01/2017

Short-listed for the 2017 Stella Prize


A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686554
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686561


Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on dying and a wise tribute to life.

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Product Description

At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor's retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience—the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance—of knowing she will soon die.

Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death.

Taylor's last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.


“This deep meditation is beautifully written and destined to be an important piece of the conversation surrounding death. Taylor’s last testament to life is a welcome departing gift from a thoughtful and inspired author.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Narrator Larissa Gallagher reads with a very heavy Australian accent changing her attitudes as Taylor considers different options for her final days and always honors the voice and life of the author.” —Sound Commentary

“If a more open discussion of death is needed in the West, Taylor’s book is a manual for the task.” —Times Literary Supplement

Author Bio

Cory Taylor was an award winning novelist and screenwriter who also published short fiction and children's books. Her first novel, Me and Mr. Booker, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Pacific Region) in 2012 and her second novel, My Beautiful Enemy, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2014.