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The Way We Die Now
The Way We Die Now Seamus O'Mahony

We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of our friends and beloved relations will die in a busy hospital in the care of strangers, doctors and nurses they have known at best for a couple of weeks. They may not even know they are dying, victims of the kindly lie that there is still hope. They are unlikely to see even their family doctor in their final hours, robbed of their dignity and fed through a tube after a long series of excessive and hopeless medical interventions.

This is the starting point of Seamus O'Mahoney's thoughtful, moving and unforgettable book on the western way of death. Dying has never been more public, with celebrities writing detailed memoirs of their illness, but in private we have done our best to banish all thought of dying and made a good death increasingly difficult to achieve.

Head of Zeus * Politics, Economics and Society
05 May 2016 * 320pp * £9.99 * 9781784974251
REVIEWS
'[O'Mahony] beautifully describes the "ideal" fantasy death we create for ourselves'
Irish Examiner
'Offers a frank and pessimistic view of how we think about death ... provocative and effective'
The Times
'O'Mahony leaves no stone unturned, sniffing out cant and hypocrisy wherever he finds it. And his views are as consistently intelligent as they are surprising. All of this culminates in an impassioned battle-cry'
4/5, The Daily Telegraph
'Gives us a rare glimpse into the world of death and dying from the vantage point of a medical doctor'
Irish Times
'The book forces you to confront the most uncomfortable of subjects. This is a good thing'
Prospect magazine
'A joy to read ... I hope that when I die that I have a doctor like O'Mahony to look after me'
BMJ blog
'Compelling, throught-provoking book'
The Tablet
'A provocative essay'
Sunday Independent (Dublin)
'A searingly honest and humane book that is challenging yet profoundly important'
Guardian
'Trenchant but compassionate'
Irish Daily Mail
Author
Seamus O'Mahony
Seamus O'Mahony
Seamus O'Mahony spent many years working for the National Health Service in Britain. He now lives and practises medicine in his native Cork, in the south of Ireland. His acclaimed first book, The Way We Die Now, was published in 2016, and has been translated into Swedish and Japanese. It won a BMA Book Award in 2017.
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