Published Aug 2017
Death brushed past me on that path, so close that I could feel its touch…
I AM, I AM, I AM is Maggie O’Farrell’s electric and shocking memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated her life. The childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital.
This is a memoir with a difference: seventeen encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. Spare, elegant and utterly candid, it is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger? How would you react? And what would you stand to lose?
I AM, I AM, I AM is a book you will finish newly conscious of your own vulnerability and determined to make every heartbeat count.
PRAISE FOR MAGGIE O’FARRELL:
Grips at the heart.
The Sunday Times
Magnificent…perceptive, profound and page-turning in equal measures.
Deeply affecting…subtle, knowing and stuffed to bursting with feeling.