Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 28/02/2024
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A heartbreaking but necessary read about how we as a society look at death and disability.
A poignant book that tackles how as a society we view death, how we can and should support disabled people and how we give people agency within their death... READ MORE
India - Exeter Roman Gate
Direct, studious, and meticulously arranged, Intervals is a passionate, lived devotion.
Intervals is a pressing account of care that compels and cauterises. Brooker’s memoir of her mother – incited by her diagnosis of primary progressive MS – ... READ MORE
Alex – Blackwell's Bookseller
Staggering and urgent
Intimate, raw, reflective, angry. An incredibly prescient and eloquent journey through Brooker's personal experiences and how those are reflected in our sy... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce


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.

  • Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • ISBN: 9781804270837
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm

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