A Preparation for Death

A Preparation for Death

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'Traditional autobiography is composed after the experience has passed. I wrote this book in the very panic of the experiences that inspired it ... '

In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place. He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most: writing. Strangest of all, at this time he started teaching evening classes in creative writing - and his life changed utterly.

A Preparation for Death is a document of the chaos and discovery of that time and of the experiences that led Greg Baxter to that strange place - an extraordinarily intimate account of literary failure (and its consequences), personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth-telling. Studded with vivid, loving portraits of the people closest to him - his Austrian grandmother, who narrowly survived the Second World War; his mother and father, both described with heartbreakingly close attention; and his cousin Walter, whose own demons provide a striking counterpoint to the author's - it is above all a stunningly vivid and searching self-portrait: possibly the most honest book you'll ever read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 20mm | 299.37g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141048433
  • 9780141048437
  • 780,410

About Greg Baxter

Greg Baxter was born in Texas in 1974. For the past ten years he has lived in Dublin, where he works as a journalist.
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