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A Preparation For Death
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  • Published: 30 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141962580
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
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In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place. He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most: writing. Strangest of all, at this time he started teaching evening classes in creative writing - and his life changed utterly.



A Preparation for Death is a document of the chaos and discovery of that time and of the experiences that led Greg Baxter to that strange place - an extraordinarily intimate account of literary failure (and its consequences), personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth-telling.



'Brilliant and wonderfully original ... Yes, this is a book about drinking and shagging. But rarely have these things been written about so well' William Leith, Literary Review



'Baxter is a serious, thoughtful writer, bend on emotional truth and artistry. He has written an unusual, provocative book' Suzi Feay, Financial Times



'Brave, honest and propulsive' Metro



'The triumph is the steely courage it takes to put a life down with such uncompromising clarity' Hugo Hamilton, Irish Times



'This is an occasionally infuriating and completely wonderful book. I read it in one sitting, unsettled and delighted by its ferocity' Anne Enright
%%%In his early thirties, Greg Baxter found himself in a strange place. He hated his job, he was drinking excessively, he was sabotaging his most important relationships, and he was no longer doing the thing he cared about most: writing. Strangest of all, at this time he started teaching evening classes in creative writing - and his life changed utterly.
A Preparation for Death is a document of the chaos and discovery of that time and of the experiences that led Greg Baxter to that strange place - an extraordinarily intimate account of literary failure (and its consequences), personal decay, and redemption through reading, writing, and truth-telling.
'Brilliant and wonderfully original ... Yes, this is a book about drinking and shagging. But rarely have these things been written about so well' William Leith, Literary Review
'Baxter is a serious, thoughtful writer, bend on emotional truth and artistry. He has written an unusual, provocative book' Suzi Feay, Financial Times
'Brave, honest and propulsive' Metro
'The triumph is the steely courage it takes to put a life down with such uncompromising clarity' Hugo Hamilton, Irish Times
'This is an occasionally infuriating and completely wonderful book. I read it in one sitting, unsettled and delighted by its ferocity' Anne Enright

  • Pub date: 30 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141962580
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

Greg Baxter

Greg Baxter was born in Texas in 1974. His first book, A Preparation for Death, published in 2010, was acclaimed by Anne Enright, James Lasdun, David Shields, and William Leith, among others. The Apartment has been widely acclaimed around the world, and Munich Airport will be published in the UK in July. He has published essays and stories in The Dublin Review, Five Dials, and The White Review. Over the last twenty years he's lived in Germany, Austria, Ireland and England. He now lives in Berlin.

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