Canongate to publish 'remarkable' memoir on dying

Canongate to publish 'remarkable' memoir on dying

Canongate is to publish Dying: A Memoir, a “remarkable little book” by Cory Taylor.

Senior editor Jenny Lord acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from Jane Finigan at Lutyens and Rubinstein, acting on behalf of Text Publishing in Australia.  

At the age of 60, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. With her illness no longer treatable, she began at the start of 2016 to write about her experiences and, in a creative surge, wrote what would become Dying: A Memoir in the space of a few weeks.

The book is a brief and "clear-eyed" account of what dying has taught Cory: she describes the tangle of her feelings, reflects on the patterns of her life, and remembers the lives and deaths of her parents. She tells us why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her own death.

Dying: A Memoir is said to be about the vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance that it takes to live a good life and say goodbye to it in peace.

Lord said: "At the start of this remarkable little book, Cory Taylor declares that ‘death has become the unmentionable thing, a monstrous silence…no help to the dying, who are probably lonelier now than they’ve ever been’. That ‘things are not as they should be’. We couldn’t agree more and are proud to be publishing Cory’s beautiful, clear-eyed and courageous memoir in November this year."

The book will be published 3rd November 2016.