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I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell (December 2017)

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell (December 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 of different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots.  Spare, elegent 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.
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