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Time to Go

Guy Kennaway

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01 April 2019
In 2017 Susie Kennaway asked her son Guy to kill her. 88 years old, with an older and infirm husband, Susie wanted to avoid sliding into infantilised catatonia. The son immediately started taking notes and Time to Go is the result. In turns a manual for those considering the benefits of assisted dying, a portrait of a mother son relationship, and a sympathetic description of old age, this book is a route map through the moral, legal, emotional, intellectual and practical maze that is the biggest issue facing the senior generations today: leaving life on their own terms. During their conversations about when and how to make Susie's final exit, some of the difficulties of their fractious relationship mellowed and some even melted, as the reality of what they were planning brought them together.

Many elderly people, like Susie, have clearly stated that they wish to die in a manner and time of their choosing. But the church, the law, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry stand in the way, wagging their fingers.

A change is coming for the rights of the elderly, the way it has come for the rights of women and gay people. Time to Go is a rallying call in this fight. Life is too precious not to be lived properly. As with a job, a relationship or a party, you have to know when it's time to go.
By:   Guy Kennaway
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781912914005
ISBN 10:   191291400X
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Guy Kennaway lives for pleasure, producing books only when all else has failed. In all of Kennaway's work he likes to find downtrodden minorities under severe pressure and then make fun of them. He is best known for One People about a Jamaican village threatened my mass US tourism, and Bird Brain about a community of optimistic pheasants. He has written for magazines and newspapers, as well as many film scripts and TV adaptations, none of which have been made. Not surprisingly he lives alone.

Reviews for Time to Go

on Bird Brain - Tom Sharpe meets Watership Down in the hugely enjoyable story of Basil Peyton-Crumbe...Funny, astute and completely absorbing. * The Guardian * on Bird Brain - I loved it... It's a book I've been waiting for all my adult life, for it feels to me like nothing so much as a rather adult version of that other great pheasant story, Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World -- Rachel Cooke * The Observer * on Bird Brain - A wonderfully astute satire with full confidence in its own eccentricity... Ripe, rich, fun, this is a beautifully turned story, good to the very last drop * The Sunday Times * on Sunbathing Naked - Kennaway's satirical portrait of life in a small Jamaican community ripples with humour and crystal clear seas . . . like Keillor, his prose is even better read aloud. * The Independent * on Sunbathing Naked - This year's funniest, most thoroughly likeable novel. A fantastical yet believable microcosm of life. * GQ * on Sunbathing Naked - Like Garrison Keillor, but with stronger material * Arena *

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