This is Gail, Paperback / softback Book


A national bestseller, this is an inspiring story of one woman's journey through heartbreaking loss to renewal and new purpose. In 2008, inspirational surgeon Chris O'Brien published his bestselling memoir of his battle with brain cancer, NEVER SAY DIE.

But he wasn't the only person in the O'Brien household with a powerful story to tell.

Since Chris passed away in 2009, his wife, Gail, has gone on a journey of her own: from a busy surgeon's wife and the mother of a picture-perfect family to a widow in her mid-fifties, grieving not only her husband but also her son, Adam, who died as a result of epilepsy a short time after Chris's death. Yet in the midst of her grief, Gail discovered resolve and strength deep within herself.

When Chris was alive, Gail was the woman behind the great man.

But after his death, she stepped forward to make her own mark on the world.

While coming to terms with both a public and private loss, Gail took on Chris's legacy as steward of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer centre, navigating the often bruising politics of boards and committees to ensure his vision was realised. She also went back to work as a physio after being out of the workforce for twenty years, while still holding her shattered family together.

She reinvented herself and found that she could survive and even thrive in a world without her soulmate. Written by Gail and Chris's daughter, Juliette, this is a moving, inspiring, deeply poignant and often joyous story of family, love and loss - and, ultimately, about finding your purpose in the world. 'A remarkable family shaped indelibly by tragedy but full of passionate love for one another' Canberra Times 'This is Gail is deeply moving and brutally honest.

It's a beautiful story about life, death, grief and survival through the worst that life sometimes throws at us.' Better Reading


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Coping with death & bereavement
  • ISBN: 9781460752876



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