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by Robert Hale, 30 Aug 2016. ISBN: 978-0-71981-996-4
In Oregan, Dr
Euan Hope is watching anti-abortion protestors outside his clinic, when he gets
a call from England to say his father is dying. Tamara Hoyland Hope finds it
hard to like her brother-in-law, but with her husband away, she has to work
with him over funeral arrangements. Then a detective comes to the after-funeral
gathering to ask for a post-mortem
there are many plot strands giving different views on treatment of the
terminally ill, the main plot concerns the unexpected death of Dr Hope senior,
and Tamara’s gradually awakening suspicions, especially when there’s another
death; however the plot unfolds without much official investigation, and it’s
only by chance that Tamara finds those responsible. Tamara’s mother is now in
the final stages of dementia, unable to recognise her family. A second strand
is the story of Davy, a rugby player who’s been injured, and suffers from
‘locked-in’ syndrome. Another plot-line follows elegant, authoritative
Professor Dame Thea Caldwell , Tamara’s archaeological inspiration, who has
just learned of her terminal cancer diagnosis. Finally, there’s a first-person
narrator who, we learn, is an agency nurse who enjoys mercy killing. Moving
from strand to strand, the reader is shown different views of the questions
about how we all feel about ageing badly, and instead of the conventional
ending, there are questions. The novel is perhaps biased towards the hardest
cases – the paraplegic boy, the raped special needs girl looking for an
abortion – but also shows the intelligent Thea considering her decision.
interesting novel centring around the issues to do with euthanasia.
Jessica Mannwas born in
London in 1937. She went to school in London, and then took degrees in
Archaeology at Cambridge, and in Law at Leicester University. She is novelist,
journalist, broadcaster and author of non-fiction. Jessica has been a Planning
Inspector, chaired public committees, been involved with the NHS and been
responsible for protecting water customers. But she always wanted to be a
writer, ever since she learnt to read. After living in Edinburgh for ten years
and for three in Leicester she moved with her husband, the archaeologist
Professor Charles Thomas, to Cornwall, where she still lives. Jessica has
written 21 books so far. She has two sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland
as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on
Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies.
Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has
published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of
women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in
her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.