The End of Your Life Book Club, Paperback Book
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'A wonderful book about wonderful books and mothers and sons and the enduring braid between them.' - Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays With Morrie 'a true meditation on what books can do.' - Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she's reading.

The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room.

Their choices range from classic (Howards End) to popular (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), from fantastic (The Hobbit) to spiritual (Jon Kabat-Zinn), with many in between.

We hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions. A profoundly moving testament to the power of love between a child and parent, and the power of reading in our lives.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781444706383

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This book was recommended to me, and a s I love reading books when I can, I thought I'd give it a go.The story is of Will and his mother.I don't think it's giving anything away, given the title of the book, that his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and during their time spent together in waiting and treatment rooms, their 2 person book club is born.The back story itself is powerful, of how one women fights cancer and lives with it as fully as she is able. The books interweave through that journey.The books they read that I have also read were obviously the most interesting parts - and have inspired me to reread some! The parts with books I hadn't read, and so didn't really know what the background was, I found less engaging - though a couple I thought - "must read that"!This is an inspiring story of a son and mother's journey through her last months, how they made it count and the part books played in that.