With the End in Mind

With the End in Mind : How to Live and Die Well

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER




'Impossible to read with dry eyes or an unaltered mindset' Sunday Times




How should we think of death and how can we prepare for it?



With the End in Mind is a book for us all: the grieving and bereaved, the ill and the healthy. By turns touching and tragic, funny and wise, it tells powerful human stories of life and death.


Eric, the retired head teacher who even with Motor Neurone Disease gets things done. Sylvie, 19 and diagnosed with leukaemia, sewing a cushion for her mum to hold after she has died. Nelly and Joe, two people enduring loneliness to shield their beloveds from distress.


A powerful and emotional book based on a lifetime's clinical experience, With the End in Mind offers calm, wise advice on how to face death, live fully and find a model for hope in dark times.



Kathryn Mannix's With the End in Mind was a Sunday Times bestseller the weeks ending 6 January 2018, 13 January 2018 and 3 February 2018.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 250g
  • William Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780008210915
  • 1,827

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'It is incredibly moving, of course, but what it isn't is miserable. Yes this is a book about death, but it is also a book about joy. There aren't all that many books that change the way you see the world. This book really might. It will make you want to do a better job of loving and living. It will make you want to be kinder. And it will make you want to cherish every precious moment of your precious life.'
Sunday Times


'Extraordinary and profoundly moving. ... Any reader will come away with the wish that they will be cared for at the end by someone with Mannix's imaginative sympathy and matter-of-fact generosity of perception'
Rowan Williams, New Statesman


'Illuminating and beautiful ... I shed a few tears but it's not gut wrenching and Mannix weaves the light and dark strands of her experience with finesse. It's essential reading for anyone who will encounter death, and that means all of us.'
Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times


'I got to the end of Kathryn Mannix's book with just one thought - I wish I'd been a palliative consultant ... A reminder that talking about death is an Act of Love'
Greg Wise


'In the last few years, there has been a crowd of books by doctors, scientists and writers that have sought to show us different, kinder ways of ending: Atul Gawande, Oliver Sacks, Henry Marsh... the list is long. Now Kathryn Mannix joins this distinguished group. Mannix's aim is to shed a soft, clear light on a subject too often avoided. Mild, tender and conciliatory, I would like her to be my compassionate, wise doctor when I lie dying.'
Observer
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About Kathryn Mannix

Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients' own homes to deliver palliative care, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. Having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK's (possibly the world's) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients, and devised 'CBT First Aid' training to enable palliative care colleagues to add new skills to their repertoire for helping patients.


Kathryn has worked with many thousands of dying people, and has found their ability to deal with illness and death both fascinating and inspirational. She believes that a better public awareness about what happens as we die would reduce fear and enable people to discuss their hopes and plans with the people who matter to them.
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3,491 ratings
4.58 out of 5 stars
5 67% (2,354)
4 25% (870)
3 6% (217)
2 1% (37)
1 0% (13)
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