The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister (Paperback)
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The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 05/05/2016
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Selected as a Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for 2016

I did not know then that there is a world between the certainties of life and death, that it is not simply a case of one or the other, and that there are many and various fates worse than death.

When we think of love, what do we think of? Romantic love, parental love, friendship – all are widely covered in the pages of books. Accounts of sibling relationships are harder to find, yet for many of us it is one of the most profound relationships of our lives; one of our earliest encounters with love, one which stays with us throughout our lives.

The Last Act of Love is a book about Cathy Rentzenbrink’s own relationship with her brother, Matty. In 1990, when Matty was just weeks away from getting his GCSE results, he was in a hit and run accident and left in a permanent vegetative state. This book is the love that came before this event and what happens in the aftermath of tragedy. 

Rentzenbrink’s memoir is absorbing, original and profoundly affecting but, more than that, it is essential. It is a book you read and then immediately feel the urge to press into someone else’s hands. It is so generous spirited that reading it feels like a gift - a gift that simply begs to be passed on.

'It is lucid and warm, and – in detailing Cathy’s path towards a successful, happy, fulfilled, if clouded life – feels strangely nourishing to read. Which you absolutely should. The book itself feels an act of love.' - The Guardian

'At what point does a human life cease to be worth living? This question lies at the heart of Cathy Rentzenbrink’s extraordinary memoir.' - The Times

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447286394

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“'The Last Act of Love' a poignant and cathartic legacy.”

After hearing one of my colleagues talk about how much this book had moved her, I knew I had to read it and was kindly sent a copy by Pan Macmillan. The book deals with a subject incredibly close to my heart, that of... More

Hardback edition
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13th July 2015
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““It is our last act of love for him” ”

This beautiful memoir will make you look at life in a whole new way, I'm so pleased that there are people in the world who have the courage to write these life-affirming books. It's inspiring. And I am in... More

Hardback edition
23rd April 2015
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“An incredibly beautiful and moving memoir”

In the summer of 1990 Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down in a tragic road accident. He was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery for the severe brain damage he had suffered. Cathy and her parents... More

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