#Memoir week – I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell #review #IAmIAmIAm

The last book in my Memoir Week to be featured is I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Having read and enjoyed few of Maggie O’Farrells books, I looked forward to reading this one.

I attended the North Cornwall book festival last year where Maggie O’Farrell was interviewed about the book. Unfortunately, there were no places available. Sold out. I was bereft.

The book details the seventeen near death, close to death, and close shaves experienced by the author throughout her life.

What transpires before during and after the dramatic, sometimes terrifying events is detailed in and around the narrative producing as a whole a potted autobiography of the author’s life, as each anecdote occurs during a different time in Maggie O’Farrell’s life.

The book finishes with the extremely worrying and heartfelt concerns by the author about her daughter, her terrifying allergies and a near death experience in Italy dashing to a hospital for life-saving treatment.

A gripping and fascinating read that I finished in two sittings

To Purchase on Amazon UK

To Purchase at Waterstones

About The Author

Photo: Tim Duncan via Wikipedia

Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, MAGGIE O’FARRELL grew up in Wales and Scotland and now lives in London. She has worked as a waitress, chambermaid, bike messenger, teacher, arts administrator, and journalist in Hong Kong and London, and as the deputy literary editor of The Independent on Sunday. Her debut novel, After You’d Gone (2000) won a Betty Trask Award and was followed by My Lover’s Lover (2002); The Distance Between Us (2004), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (2006); The Hand That First Held Mine (2010), winner of the Costa Novel Award; Instructions for a Heatwave (2013), and, most recently, This Must Be the Place (2016).

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