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  • Published: 16 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630512
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

Between Two Kingdoms

What almost dying taught me about living




An Emmy-award winning writer's moving and inspirational memoir exploring what we can learn about life from a brush with death.

We all face moments that bring us to our knees: heartbreak, trauma, illness. When things don't go to plan this is the book to reach for - an inspirational memoir about what the struggle to survive teaches us about how to live.At just twenty-two, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with leukemia and given a 35 per cent chance of survival. For five years her world comprised four white walls, a hospital bed, fluorescent lights, tubes and wires. She became patient 5624. At twenty-seven, and celebrating her first year of remission, Suleika realized that, having survived, she had no idea how to live. And so she set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her about their experiences of life, death, healing and recovery in response to her Emmy-Award winning New York Times column, 'Life Interrupted'. Between Two Kingdoms is the result. Drawing on Suleika's TED Talk, now with 2.9 million views, it illuminates universal questions about how we live, mourn, heal, grow up and begin again.

  • Published: 16 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787630512
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad is an Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker, cancer survivor and activist. She served on Barack Obama's Cancer Panel and her advocacy work, reporting and speaking has been featured at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill and on the TED Talk main stage. When she's not on the road with her 1972 Volkswagen camper van and her rescue dog Oscar, she lives in Brooklyn.

Praise for Between Two Kingdoms

When the life we had is snatched away, how do we find the conviction to live another? Between Two Kingdoms will resonate with anyone who is living a different life than they planned to live. This is a propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude – and an intimate portrait of one woman’s sojourn in the wilderness between life and death.

TARA WESTOVER, bestselling author of EDUCATED

A masterpiece that upends the expected structure of memoirs about illness to show us what happens after the body recovers, the courage and creativity necessary to forge a transformed selfhood. Suleika Jaouad's sentences are as urgent and beautiful as the story they comprise. Between Two Kingdoms is a stunning debut by a powerful new voice and required reading for every kind of survivor.

Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart, Abandon Me, & Girlhood

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