Radical Acts of Love

Radical Acts of Love : Twenty Conversations to Inspire Hope at the End of Life

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'Insightful, wise and life-affirming' Observer
'Turns death into life, despair into hope, sorrow into joy' Stephen Fry

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse and counsellor, offers a sensitive and wise insight into our final moments by recounting twenty conversations she has had with people who were dying.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 205g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • No
  • 1786899035
  • 9781786899033
  • 270,195

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Janie Brown demonstrates the power of a book to transform, in fact to turn things upside down. She turns death into life, despair into hope, sorrow into joy and pain into love with these twenty astonishing encounters with the dying . . . Unforgettably wise, kind and wonderful -- STEPHEN FRY A book about love as much as it is about death . . . This is a glorious book that I would not hesitate to give to anyone facing an unwelcome diagnosis or prognosis of their own or of a loved one. It is kind and practical. . I learned so much and feel glad that it exists and convinced that many people will be helped by Brown's generous sharing of more than 30 years' experience of working with the dying -- CATHY RENTZENBRINK * * The Times * * Brown is a deeply compassionate and sensitive interlocutor and these accounts brim with humanity . . . Insightful, wise and life-affirming, Brown's book teaches us that sharing someone's final weeks is perhaps the most radical act of love we can offer * * Observer * * Compassionate, sensitive and heart-warming tales of the one thing in life that's certain -- PROFESSOR STEPHEN WESTABY * * Sunday Times bestselling author of Fragile Lives * * For a book that concerns itself with so many ways of coming to terms with death, this remarkable book is hugely life-affirming. It makes you think not just of how you might want to approach death, but of how you might want to live. These conversations from the heart of dying are bold, gracious, often witty and full of love. They accompany you in the dark. Then they let the light in -- JACKIE KAY Brown's writing can be elegant and powerful . . . The book reframes what it means to heal, which we usually associate with recovery and, therefore, the continuation of life * * Guardian * * Remarkable . . . Everyone ought to read this book, because we are all going to die, and this book will help us to do it with grace and courage. More than that: it will help us help our loved ones to die without fear or regret. What greater gift than that can a book bestow on the reader? -- RICHARD HOLLOWAY There is no one on earth who cannot benefit from reading this book. The insights, perspectives and wisdom in Radical Acts of Love can transform our approach to the end of life from fear to a sense of adventure -- RACHEL NAOMI REMEN * * author of Kitchen Table Wisdom * * The most surprising and beautiful travel guide to a journey we will all have to make. Janie Brown has accompanied many great souls through their final days on Earth, and what she has learned she offers us now in this exquisite book about life -- CHRIS CLEAVE This book is itself a radical act of love . . . Reading the stories of these humans, compassionate, ordinary and profound, will help you be with the dying, and to be with yourself amidst the dying. Like the best books of every genre, this one is wrought with beauty, great care and attention, and can teach us all how not to look away -- PAM HOUSTON * * author of Deep Creek * *
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About Janie Brown

Janie Brown is an author, a leader in oncology nursing, the founder and executive director of a non-profit organisation called the Callanish Society (callanish.org) in Vancouver, Canada, and a visionary for new global conversations about living, healing, death and dying. Janie was raised in Glasgow, educated at St Andrews University with an MA in psychology, and studied nursing in Edinburgh before emigrating to Canada in 1984. She received her Masters in Nursing at the University of British Columbia and has worked as an oncology nurse and counsellor in Vancouver for over thirty years.

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