An event with

Marianne Brooker in conversation with Amber Husain

Intervals

Thursday 7th March 2024 at 7:00pm

Daunt Books Summertown

Tickets £5.00

Description

Marianne Brooker’s 2022 Fitzcarraldo Non-Fiction Prize winning Intervals combines memoir, philosophy and social history as the author writes about her mother’s death following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, exploring what it means to give and receive care. Tickets are £5 including a glass of wine or soft drink.

What makes a good death? A good daughter? In 2009, with her forties and a harsh wave of austerity on the horizon, Marianne Brooker’s mother was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. She made a workshop of herself and her surroundings, combining creativity and activism in inventive ways. But over time, her ability to work, to move and to live without pain diminished drastically. Determined to die in her own home, on her own terms, she stopped eating and drinking in 2019. In Intervals, Brooker reckons with heartbreak, weaving her first and final memories with a study of doulas, living wills and the precarious economics of social, hospice and funeral care. Blending memoir, polemic and feminist philosophy, Brooker joins writers such as Anne Boyer, Maggie Nelson, Donald Winnicott and Lola Olufemi to raise essential questions about choice and interdependence and, ultimately, to imagine care otherwise.

Out of her mother’s death, she weaves a short, tender, angry yet clear-eyed book about the nature of love, and what it requires of us all if we’re doing it right -Joanne Biggs

Stunning in its intimacy and expansive in its political purpose…A rare, revelatory, and truly radical book -Elinor Cleghorn

A beautifully written portrayal of caring and end-of-life decisions – exquisitely sensitive, passionate and angry in its railing against our broken social care system -Sam Mills

Event Details

Thursday 7th March 2024 Event starts at 7:00pm

Venue address:

Daunt Books Summertown
247-249 Banbury Road,
Summertown,
Oxford,
OX2 7HN

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