In 2009, Marianne Brooker’s mother was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis, and so began her determination to continue to live a creative, full life and die in her own home. Marianne talks to writer Lucy Caldwell about her memoir, exploring memory and grief alongside a study of doulas, living wills and the precarious economics of social, hospice and funeral care. Blending memoir, polemic and feminist philosophy, this book joins writers such as Maggie Nelson, Donald Winnicott and Lola Olufemi to raise essential questions about choice and interdependence and, ultimately, to imagine care otherwise.
Marianne Brooker works for a charity campaigning on climate and social justice. She won the 2022 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize for Intervals, her first book.
Lucy Caldwell FRSL is a Northern Irish playwright and novelist. She was the winner of the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award and the 2023 Walter Scott Prize.
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