Posted: May 2, 2018

Wellcome Book Prize shortlisted authors’ weekend

Five of the six shortlisted authors for the Wellcome Book Prize  gathered in London for a festival of writing related to medicine, health and the human condition. The imminent birth of Mark O’Connell’s next baby prevented him from joining us, but the women of the shortlist enjoyed an ‘Authors in Conversation’ session at The Wellcome Collection on Saturday 28th April: Bookish Beck has written a summary for her blog here.

On Sunday 29th April, we were all together again for a ‘5×15’ event, this time at Cecil Sharp House. Each author spoke for 15 minutes on the inspiration behind her book. You can click on each author’s presentation here  and on Mark O’Connell’s (made at an earlier event) here.

Here’s me, talking about why we need to get real about dying, a 500 year-old tree and a coffin shop in the Andes.

Then there was a Prosecco and canapes event to announce the winning book on Monday, 30th April: congratulations to Mark O’Connell, whose ‘To be a Machine’ won the prize.


Posted: April 20, 2018

2.6 million views of ‘In my humble opinion’ video!

BBC Ideas asked me to talk about what we misunderstand about the dying process, for their In My Humble Opinion video series.

It’s a very short video, so lots more to be discussed – which is what ‘With the End in Mind’ is for.

Here’s the video.


And if you’d like to read about how people live while they are dying in more detail, you can purchase of copy of the book here:
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

Posted: March 30, 2018

Free Thinking Festival – video ‘In my humble opinion’

‘In My Humble Opinion’ is a BBC Ideas site.

I met them at BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead, earlier this month. They recorded my thoughts about our loss of knowledge about normal dying.

Dying – not as bad as you’re probably expecting.

Here’s their video.

Posted: March 20, 2018

Wellcome Book Prize 2018 – Short List is announced

Well, I am just thrilled and astonished.

With the End in Mind is amongst the six books on the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. What an honour!

I’m going to read these five intriguing books, before we six authors meet up for the Prize Ceremony and announcement of the winner on 30th April.

Take a look at the list, and pick your own favourite. They all look like winners to me!