Join us for a special BookTalk in collaboration with the Paristamen CIO funder-initiative on death and dying, as part of the Being Human festival. We welcome acclaimed writer, Cathy Rentzenbrink, for a ‘Meet the Author’ session in conversation with Jenny Kitzinger about love and loss and her remarkable memoir, The Last Act of Love, which was both a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for The Wellcome Trust Prize.
With unflinching honesty Cathy describes the unimaginable pain of losing her brother to catastrophic brain injuries and the decision that changed her family’s lives forever. Powerful, intimate and intensely moving, this is a personal journey with universal resonance—a story of unconditional love, of grief, survival and the strength of the ties that bind.
- ‘Profoundly moving … This book should be read by … anybody who is concerned by the way our society has such difficulty in accepting that meaningful life is about more than just a beating heart’ (Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm, in the New Statesman)
- ‘The book’s real power lies in Rentzenbrink’s skill as a writer, her ability to unearth precise and agonising details quietly, with no self-pity or drama … it falls into a tradition of beautifully written accounts of grief, such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking … Rentzenbrink unearths the profound truths of human experience.’ (Sunday Times)
Because this event is a collaboration and part of a broader event, PLEASE NOTE the change of location and time for this event, which will be held at 18.00 in Williams Court, Trade Street, Cardiff, CF10 5DQ.
About the author
Cathy Rentzenbrink is Contributing Editor at The Bookseller and speaks and write sregularly on literacy, literature and everything in between on TV, radio and in print. She regularly interviews authors for The Pool and reviews books for The Times and elsewhere. Until March 2016, Cathy was the Project Director of book industry charity Quick Reads, before which she worked for Waterstones for 1o years. She started as a Christmas temp at Harrods, then worked in six other shops including Hatchards before moving to a head office role as Publisher Relationship Manager. Cathy’s first book, The Last Act of Love, is a memoir about the life and death of her brother, which is out now. She is currently writing A Manual for Heartache, a book about grief, loss and trying to work out how to live in a cruel world which will be published in June 2017. Cathy is also working on a novel which will be published in Spring 2018. You can find out more about Cathy on her website Cathy Reads Books and by following her on Twitter.