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  • Published: 2 March 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742285382
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 276

Dying: a Memoir

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This unique book is the last work of one of Australia's most respected and influential thinkers.  On learning that his illness was terminal, Donald Horne began dictating his experiences of dying, and his resulting journal is full of courage, honesty, insight and humour.  Ever the intellectual, he also recorded his last thoughts on some of the big human questions; faith and regret, the uses of art, the rewards of the engaged mind.  And on contemporary dilemmas such as the Iraq War, anti-Americanism and the meaning of democracy.  These essays have been refined by his wife and long-time editor, Myfanwy, who has also written her own inspirational account of Donald's final weeks.

Far from being morbid, Dying is a book that sings with life.  Donald Horne's memories of his well-lived years sit alongside his unflinching view of their end, and the whole is uplifted by his willingness to laugh at human foibles, his own included.


'This book is a love story where the decades have not dulled two loves' devotion.'
Craig Sherbourne, Australian Literary Review

'Full of Horne's self-deprecating wit and keen intellect.  For people suffering from terminal illnesses and their loved ones this would be a particularly helpful memoir,'
Sue Bond, Courier-Mail

'Must read'
Daily Telegraph  

  • Pub date: 2 March 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742285382
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 276

About the Authors

Donald Horne

Donald Horne was the author of The Lucky Country and The Education of Young Donald, and many other books and essays. A leading public intellectual for close to fifty years, he edited The Bulletin, chaired the Australia Council, and pioneered cultural studies at the University of New South Wales.

Myfwanwy Horne

Myfanwy Horne, who also writes as Myfanwy Gollan, was born in Newcastle, NSW in 1933. She trained as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and has contributed to newspapers, magazines and books as a reviewer, columnist and social commentator. She was consulting editor for all her husband's published work, starting with The Lucky Country in 1964. She has been involved pro bono in a number of cultural and social projects, including producing the photographic exhibition, The Struggle for Australian Democracy 1788 to the Present, which toured Australia in the late 1970s.

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