‘History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life’ reviewed by Dr Tom Widger

History of a suicide: My sister’s unfinished life by Jill Bialosky (Granta, 2015).  History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky is a moving and deeply personal account of her younger sister’s suicide and the author’s own struggle to come to terms with what happened – or, perhaps, may have happened. For History of a Suicide does not Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America’ by Ann Neumann

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America’ by Ann Neumann (Beacon Press, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well in the Read the full article…

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ reviewed by Dr Rebecca Oxley

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head, 2016). A short and profound book, When Breath Becomes Air gets right to the heart of the matter; the prologue commences with a final-year neurosurgical resident analysing CT scan images. This is Paul Kalanithi at 36 years old, and he diagnoses his own terminal lung Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World’ edited by Veena Das and Clara Han

We are pleased to offer for review the edited collection ‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World‘ by Veena Das and Clara Han (UCPress 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Taking a novel approach to the contradictory impulses of violence and care, illness and healing, this book radically shifts the Read the full article…

‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’ reviewed by Dr Hannah Rumble

‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’ by Charles Saatchi (Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2015) I was eager to read ‘Dead: A celebration of mortality’ authored by the well-known co-founder of the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi and a London art gallery, particularly since Charles Saatchi has always been a controversial public figure. Regrettably, the content of this book Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’ by Charles Saatchi

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’ by Charles Saatchi (Booth Clibborn, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. In this new book ‘Dead: A Celebration of Mortality’, cleverly designed to look like a marble tombstone, (complete with marble edge-stain) Charles Saatchi relates often perversely entertaining stories in a Read the full article…

The Malady and Mortality Conference: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture (19-20 September 2013, Falmouth University)

Falmouth University will be hosting the Malady and Mortality Conference: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture on Thursday 19 Sept: a unique series of talks and lectures bringing together academics and specialists in the exploration of disease and death in literary and visual culture. The Malady and Mortality Conference at Falmouth University Read the full article…