Returning to Foyles to present her heartbreaking, tender, at times funny, and ultimately uplifting memoir, Cathy Rentzenbrink joins friend and author Matt Haig for this conversation event.
Director of literacy project Quick Reads and Books Editor at The Bookseller, Rentzenbrink's life was changed in the summer of 1990 when her brother Matty was knocked down by a car, just two weeks before receiving his GCSE results. Gathered around his unconscious body at the hospital, the family desperately prayed for his survival. But as Matty did survive, the question shifted to the condition of his life; eight years on, coming to experience that there are many and various fates worse than death, Rentzenbrink came to realise that she had been praying for the wrong thing.
Taking readers on a journey through the events of that fateful night, Rentzenbrink explores the legacy it left on her in a memoir that connects with all those who have loved, and loved and lost. In conversation with bestselling author Matt Haig - whose own Reasons to Stay Alive was written after Rentzenbrink's prompt - this is an evening of insight into family and love, personal expression, and of coming to terms with the unthinkable.
Read our interview with Cathy, in which she talks about finally being able think of her fun and laughter she shared with Matty, the importance of being realistic about medical 'miracles' and the authors whose books sustained her at her darkest times.
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