The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die (Hardback)
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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 04/03/2021
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'Fascinating.... Deeply disturbing... Brilliant' Sunday Times
'Powerful and moving.' Louis Theroux

Meet Adam. He's twenty-seven years old, articulate and attractive. He also wants to die. Should he be helped? And by whom?

In The Inevitable, award-winning journalist Katie Engelhart explores one of our most abiding taboos: assisted dying. From Avril, the 80-year-old British woman illegally importing pentobarbital, to the Australian doctor dispensing suicide manuals online, Engelhart travels the world to hear the stories of those on the quest for a 'good death'.

At once intensely troubling and profoundly moving, The Inevitable interrogates our most uncomfortable moral questions. Should a young woman facing imminent paralysis be allowed to end her life with a doctor's help? Should we be free to die painlessly before dementia takes our mind? Or to choose death over old age? A deeply reported portrait of everyday people struggling to make impossible decisions, The Inevitable sheds crucial light on what it means to flourish, live and die.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786495648
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 35 mm
Edition: Main


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There's plenty of compassion, plenty of nuance and plenty of complex thought. Engelhart is a skilled storyteller... Her brilliant book should be prescribed to all those who think they have a clear view [on the right to die]. * Sunday Times *
Compelling... Death is the only thing that's certain in life (hence the book's title) - and yet hardly anyone wants to discuss it. Engelhart is a wonderful exception, and her book is superb: well-reasoned arguments with absorbing personal stories. * Daily Mail *
Remarkably nuanced, empathetic, and well-crafted. * New Yorker *
Deeply researched and beautifully reported... [Engelhart] writes compassionately of her subjects' struggles * The Economist *
Powerful and moving. Engelhart recounts the stories of those she meets with humanity and grace. * Louis Theroux, bestselling author of Gotta Get Theroux This *
A brilliantly sensitive and deeply moving account of assisted dying. * Stephen Westaby, Sunday Times bestselling author of Fragile Lives *
I couldn't stop reading. Katie Engelhart refuses to look away from death, or more accurately, from dying. The Inevitable challenges us to keep looking and asking hard questions, even if we are uncomfortable with the answers. * Anne Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family *
Katie Engelhart has addressed an important question with clarity and compassion, drawing on the experience of individuals who, in their choices about when and how to die, teach us that a dignified and peaceful death adds value to life. * A. C. Grayling, bestselling author of The Good Book *
If your much-loved dog is suffering and incurable, you ask a vet to end her life peacefully and painlessly. It is the moral thing to do. But for you and me it is different. In the transition to our peaceful oblivion, we are condemned to endure a purgatorial interlude of more or less protracted dying. There is a legal double standard. Katie Engelhart ably sets out the case for the right to choose when to die. I find it hard to imagine how a decent and rational person could resist it. * Richard Dawkins *
A vital, gripping, deeply reported book, on what for us all of, sooner or later, is the most important topic in our lives. * Ben Judah, bestselling author of This is London *
Brilliant... Engelhart's interviewees have a different story to tell. * The Spectator *

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MrsElsie

“Thoughtful debate on assisted dying”

I’m interested in the debate around assisted dying and this detailed look at its place in the world is certainly thought-provoking.
Engelhart has travelled the world meeting people who work to help others take their... More

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